Seven more OHL rookies scored first career goals on Saturday. Here’s a closer look at those #OHLOpeningWeek memories.
BRENNAN OTHMANN (FLINT FIREBIRDS):
The second overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection scored his first OHL goal on Saturday. Brennan Othmann helped the Flint Firebirds defeat their nemesis the Saginaw Spirit by a score of 4-1 on the road. Othmann provided the Firebirds with some insurance, scoring 5:54 into the third period with assists from fellow second overall OHL Priority Selection choice Evan Vierling and Hunter Holmes. Othmann scored 66 goals with the OHL Cup champion Don Mills Flyers last season, meaning his first in the OHL is just the beginning.
MASON MCTAVISH (PETERBOROUGH PETES):
Mason McTavish‘s first OHL goal came courtesy of a power play one-timer. The 16-year-old scored twice in Peterborough’s wild 9-6 loss in Windsor on Saturday, doing so in just his second game of the season. The fifth overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection is the son of a former OHL champion who hoisted the Robertson Cup as a member of the Petes. McTavish is a graduate of the Pembroke Lumber Kings Midget AAA program.
TUCKER ROBERTSON (PETERBOROUGH PETES):
Nick Robertson isn’t the only Robertson wearing maroon and white this season. Rookie forward Tucker Robertson, a fourth round pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, scored his first career OHL goal on Saturday night in Windsor. The Petes fell 9-6 but Robertson, who is a graduate of the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget program, scored his first with 4:07 remaining in the second period with assists from Declan Chisholm and Brady Hinz.
WYATT JOHNSTON (WINDSOR SPITFIRES):
Wyatt Johnston scored the first goal of the Windsor Spitfires 2019-20 season. The 16-year-old rookie peppered a shot past Peterborough’s Tye Austin that led the comeback charge as the Spits recovered from a 4-0 deficit to eventually win 9-6 on home ice. Johnston, a product of the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget program, was the sixth overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. The Toronto, Ont. native had a strong showing at last year’s OHL Cup tournament, registering 13 points (5-8–13) over just five games.
LIAM ARNSBY (NORTH BAY BATTALION):
Liam Arnsby buried a rebound for his first career OHL goal as the North Bay Battalion fell just short, dropping a 6-4 decision in Sault Ste. Marie. The ninth overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection joined former Don Mills Flyers teammate Alex Christopoulos in scoring the first of his OHL career. A 5-foot-10, 172Ib. native of Ajax, Ont., Arnsby recorded 70 points (21-49–70) over 49 games in Minor Midget last season. He isn’t eligible for the NHL Draft until 2022.
ALEX CHRISTOPOULOS (NORTH BAY BATTALION):
Alex Christopoulos snapped a wrister up over the shoulder of Sault Ste. Marie’s Christian Propp for his first career OHL goal 3:18 into the third period of Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Greyhounds. Fellow rookie David Campbell drew the lone assist on the goal as Christopoulos, who joins twin brother Paul as a rookie on the Battalion this season, scored a goal he won’t soon forget. Christopoulos was North Bay’s third round pick this past spring.
STEPAN MACHACEK (OWEN SOUND ATTACK):
Czech rookie Stepan Machacek scored the first goal of the Owen Sound Attack’s 2019-20 season, beating Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree from below the goal line 8:01 into action. Rookie winger Ethan Burroughs picked up an assist on the goal. The Attack would drop a 4-3 shootout decision against visiting Ottawa, but Machacek, who was the 26th overall pick of the 2019 CHL Import Draft, made his way onto the scoresheet.