Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that
defenceman Ryan Sproul of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL
Player of the Week for the week ending February 3 after scoring three
goals and three assists for six points in two games with a plus-minus
rating of plus-1.
Sproul helped the Greyhounds earn two big comeback wins on the road
against tough West Division opponents in Plymouth and Saginaw. On
Friday night he recorded a career-high five points with two goals and
three assists as first star of a 6-5 win over the Whalers. Trailing 2-0
early in the first period, Sproul’s 15th goal of the season
put the Hounds on the board at the 11:04 mark. He later added goal
number 16 on the power play at 19:37 of the second period which gave the
Hounds a 4-3 lead, before setting up Andrew Fritsch for his 17th
of the season at 17:20 of the third period which held as the
game-winner. On Saturday night Sproul’s third period goal was the
Hounds’ third unanswered coming back to tie the score 3-3 in a game they
went on to win 5-4 in a shootout over the Spirit with Sproul claiming
third star honours.
Sproul, a 20-year-old from Mississauga, ON, is playing in his third
OHL season with the Greyhounds. Selected in the second round of the
2011 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, Sproul is now tied for first
among OHL defencemen in scoring with 47 points including 17 goals and 30
assists in just 34 games played.
Also considered for the award this week was fellow Red Wings prospect
Alan Quine of the Belleville Bulls who scored two goals and seven
assists for nine points in three games, and defenceman Anthony DeAngelo
of the Sarnia Sting who scored once with six assists for seven points in
three games. In goal, Matej Machovsky of the Brampton Battalion went
2-0-0-1 with one shutout posting a goals-against-average of 1.30 and
save percentage of .953.
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