Otters’ DeBrincat sets single-season franchise goal-scoring record

Having already set numerous club records during his three-year tenure with the Erie Otters, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat saved a couple more for his regular season finale on Sunday.

DeBrincat set a new Otters single-season franchise record for goals, potting his 65th in a 5-2 victory over the visiting Guelph Storm as Erie claimed its second straight Hamilton Spectator Trophy as OHL regular season champions. The Otters also made CHL history, becoming the first Canadian Hockey League team to ever string together four consecutive 50-win seasons. They also claimed their third straight Midwest Division title, the sixth in franchise history.

The Otters’ franchise goal-scoring leader, DeBrincat’s 65th surpasses the prior mark of 64 set by Dane Fox during the 2013-14 season. His goal-scoring accolades also include the most tallies by an American in OHL history while also being one of just two players in league history to register three-straight 50-goal campaigns. He recently tied an OHL record, scoring a goal in 19-straight contests from January 24 to March 10.

DeBrincat’s goal and an assist also extended his current point streak to 27 games, tying Connor McDavid’s franchise record set during the 2014-15 season.

A 19-year-old native of Farmington Hills, Mich., DeBrincat was a second round (39th overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks last summer. He made the OHL as an undrafted free agent, committing to the Otters in April 2014.

The Otters end their season with an overall record of 50-15-2-1 and now await the start of a first round OHL Playoff series against the Sarnia Sting that begins Thursday on home ice.

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