Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 18 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.95 and save percentage of .945.
Kitchener Rangers forward and Florida Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin was also considered for the award after recording two goals and four assists for six points in two games (Dec. 16 vs. SBY, Dec. 17 vs. GUE).
Wells made 103 saves in three games last week backstopping the Petes to a trio of victories to extend their winning-streak to eight-straight entering the league’s holiday break. His week began Thursday night taking advantage of Sportsnet’s national broadcast spotlight turning aside 30 shots as second star of a 3-1 victory against the London Knights. On Friday night Wells earned first star honours with 40 saves as part of a 4-3 overtime win against the Kingston Frontenacs, then finished his week Sunday with a 33-save performance as second star of a 5-2 win over the North Bay Battalion. The eight-game winning streak is the Petes’ longest since the club won 15-straight in 2005-06 and brings their first half record to 18-11-1-3 where they stand second in the East Division.
An 18-year-old from St. Catharines, ON, Wells is playing in his third career season with the Petes who chose him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Wells ranks second in the OHL with 903 saves while carrying a record of 16-8-1-2 with a goals-against-average of 2.97 and the league’s fifth best save percentage at .920. The fifth round pick of the Oilers in the 2016 NHL Draft is the fourth goaltender to earn the weekly honour this season.
Watch video highlights of Wells and the Petes against the Knights, Frontenacs, and Battalion.
Also considered for the award this week were a pair of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds including Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Boris Katchouk with three goals and three assists and New York Rangers prospect Tim Gettinger who scored four goals and two assists in three games.
2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)