Spirit’s Perfetti sets new club mark for points in a season


Cole Perfetti made Saginaw Spirit history on Sunday, helping them clinch a spot in the 2020 OHL Playoffs with a 6-3 win in North Bay.

After becoming the OHL’s second player to reach the century mark this season on Friday in Sudbury, Perfetti tacked on a goal and an assist on Sunday, surpassing Jack Combs‘ 2007-08 high watermark of 100 points as he brought his total to 102 through just 56 games.

Perfetti’s 102 points place him second in the OHL behind fellow draft eligible prospect Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. The 18-year-old from Whitby, Ont. has 35 goals and 67 assists on the campaign, increasing his career total to 176 points (72-104–176) over 119 regular season contests. Perfetti helped the Spirit reach the Western Conference Championship Series as a rookie last spring, chipping in with 14 points (8-6–14) over 16 playoff outings.

Originally Saginaw’s first round (5th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, Perfetti was the fourth-ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Draft Rankings released in mid-January. He recently competed in the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game last month in Hamilton.

Perfetti, who has recorded at least four points in a game five different times this season, comes off an impressive rookie campaign that saw him finish as runner-up in OHL Rookie of the Year voting as he scored a Spirit rookie record 37 goals in 63 contests. He was a big part of Canada’s silver medal-winning National Under-18 Team that competed in last summer’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup, finishing the tournament with 12 points (8-4–12) over just five games.

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