Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 29 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with two shutout victories and a goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000.
Visentin becomes the first goaltender to claim OHL Player of the Week honours this season and has recorded three straight shutouts to give him an OHL-high seven shutouts on the season. On Thursday night he made 26 saves as second star of a 6-0 win over the Belleville Bulls before stopping 15 shots on Sunday as second star of a 3-0 win over the Brampton Battalion. The win helped lift the IceDogs to a first place tie with the Battalion in the OHL’s Central Division with both teams resting at 63 points.
Visentin, a 19-year-old from Waterdown, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season. The Phoenix Coyotes prospect and Canadian National Junior Team netminder carries an 18-7-0-2 record with a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage on the season.
Also considered for the award this week was Tobias Rieder of the Kitchener Rangers who scored four goals and four assists for eight points in three games. Greg McKegg of the London Knights picked up seven points in three games scoring once and adding six assists.
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