OHL Notebook: Milestone centralThursday, January 30, 2014 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Ontario Hockey League has its first 100-point scorer of the season.
Erie Otters forward Connor Brown surpassed the 100-point plateau following a goal and an assist on Monday night in a 4-1 win over the Belleville Bulls on Monday evening.
Brown has 36 goals and 64 assists and leads the entire Canadian Hockey League in scoring.
A sixth round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brown also set a new Erie record for points. With point 100, Brown passed Cory Pecker’s mark of 99 points, set in 56 games during the 2001-02 season.
Brown also reach the 100-point mark in 48 games, quickest since 2007-08 when Brett MacLean of the Oshawa Generals reached 100 points in 45 games. That same season, John Tavares reached the 100-point mark also in 48 games.
Just three players reached the 100-point mark last season including Vincent Trocheck of the Plymouth Whalers (109), Charles Sarault of Sarnia (108) and former Soo Greyhound Nick Cousins (103).
What makes Brown’s quick journey to 100 points even more impressive is the fact that his longest point streak has been nine games, which he’s done twice this season. Remarkably, during those two streaks – Sept. 27 to Oct. 19 and Nov. 23 to Dec. 12 – Brown posted an amazing 11 goals and 47 points in those 18 games.
Speaking of scoring streaks, Sam Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs is on a heck of a run of late. The NHL draft eligible forward has at least one point in 25 consecutive games heading into action this week.
Bennett’s streak dates back to Nov. 8.
The sophomore forward has 17 goals and 46 points in that 25-game stretch, which is the longest point streak in the OHL this season and third of 20 games or more.
Brock McGinn of the Guelph Storm put together a 23-game streak to start the season while Sarnia’s Nikolay Goldobin had his 22-game streak snapped shortly after the Jan. 10 trade deadline.
While we’re on the topic of streaks, the Guelph Storm extended their playoff streak to 22 seasons thanks to a weekend win over the Saginaw Spirit. The Storm last missed the OHL playoffs during the 1991-92 season. The Storm were also the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season.
The Plymouth Whalers, who are currently in a battle with the Sarnia Sting and Kitchener Rangers for the final playoff spot in the OHL’s Western Conference, have a 22-season playoff streak on the line.
The last time the Whalers missed the playoffs was the 1990-91 season, which was their first year in the league, a season that saw them win just 11 games.
The London Knights and North Bay Battalion are the only other franchises with playoff streaks of longer than 10 seasons. London has made the playoffs for 13-straight seasons while the North Bay franchise, which includes the Brampton Battalion, has made the playoffs in 11-straight seasons.
The Erie Otters are poised to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season while the Peterborough Petes are looking to make the OHL playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The Petes, currently sixth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference, are looking to snap a four-year playoff drought in the East Division market.
The 2013-14 OHL season has seen more games postponed than in most years but it’s even more rare to see a game have to be postponed twice.
That’s the case for the scheduled game between Guelph and the Owen Sound Attack, scheduled to be played in Owen Sound.
Originally scheduled for Jan. 25, the game was postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 29 due to winter weather throughout much of Ontario. Jan. 29 rolled around and more winter weather played havoc with the game as the OHL was forced to postpone the game again and reschedule it for Feb. 24.
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