Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Adam Courchaine of the Erie Otters is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 21. Courchaine is just the second goaltender to receive the award this season for winning three games including two shutout victories and posting a goals-against-average of 1.67 with a save percentage of .955.
Courchaine backstopped the Otters to a Family Day shutout victory in Mississauga where he made 31 saves in regulation time and stopped six shots in overtime before blanking all three Majors’ shooters to earn the 1-0 shootout win as second star of the game. His strong play continued on Friday night in Ottawa where he made 44 saves including 17 in the third period to preserve a 5-2 win over the 67’s. Courchaine celebrated his 21st birthday in style on Saturday night with a perfect outing making 36 saves including 15 stops in the third period to grab a 6-0 win over the Belleville Bulls for his third shutout of the season as the game’s third star. Courchaine also got the start Sunday afternoon and made 11 saves against the Kingston Frontenacs despite the Otters’ 7-5 shortfall.
Courchaine, a 21-year-old from Kanata, ON, is playing in his third OHL season. He began his career playing two seasons with the Ottawa 67’s and began this season with the Sarnia Sting before joining the Otters in January. In 14 games in Erie, Courchaine has a record of 9-4-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.69 and save percentage of .926 with two shutouts.
Honourable mention this week goes to Tyler Peters of the Sarnia Sting with nine points in four games including four goals and five assists and highlighted by a five-point game Monday as first star in a 6-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves. Plymouth Whalers’ teammates Tyler Seguin and Robbie Czarnik each had eight points in three games with Seguin scoring six goals and two assists and Czarnik scoring one goal and seven assists with both recording plus minus ratings of plus-6.
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