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2017 Off to Roaring Start in OJHL

By Sam Laskaris on January 28, 2017

Wellington Dukes goalie Connor Ryckman has once again seen his share of action this season, leading all OJHL goalies in minutes played. (Ed McPherson/OJHL Images)

Ryckman Leading OJHL Goalies In Appearances
Connor Ryckman is once again a workhorse goaltender this season.

But the Wellington Dukes’ 20-year-old puckstopper is certainly accustomed to this role at this point of his junior career.

As of mid-January, Ryckman had played 2,099 minutes through 35 games, more than any other Ontario Junior Hockey League goalie this season.

He had posted a 19-15-1 record in those appearances. And Ryckman’s goals-against average of 2.43 was the fifth best in the league.
Ryckman, who is from Minesing, Ont., is no stranger to a heavy workload.

During his rookie season in the OJHL, with the Newmarket Hurricanes in 2014-15, he appeared in 39 regular season matches, posting a respectable 2.87 GAA.

Ryckman also started off last season with the Hurricanes. But after 21 appearances, he was traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

He then played in a dozen regular season matches with the Thunderbirds and had an impressive 1.49 GAA. Ryckman then led the Soo squad to a league championship, after posting a 1.06 GAA in 12 playoff outings.

Ryckman also saw his share of action during his first junior season. As a 17-year-old he toiled for the Alliston Hornets, a Junior C squad. He played 23 games for the Hornets during the 2013-14 season and registered a 2.24 GAA.

Whitby Forward Excelling On Power Play
Whitby Fury forward Ryan Taylor has already ensured his final junior season will be his best in the junior ranks.

Taylor, who turns 21 on Jan. 27, had collected 58 points (24 G, 34A) through his first 42 games this season. He has surpassed his previous best of 56 points from last season.

Taylor’s production has increased in large part because of his prowess on the power play. He had scored a league-high 12 PP goals. He had also racked up 14 assists while the Fury had enjoyed a man advantage.

With his 58 points, Taylor was also occupying fifth place in the OJHL scoring race.

Chargers Have Road Woes

The Mississauga Chargers would have a much better chance to contend for a playoff spot if only they could find ways to win on the road.

But the Chargers have struggled mightily away from home, picking up a single road victory in their first 18 attempts this season.

The Mississauga squad had nine home wins to its credit. But because of its dismal road record, it was in the basement of the league’s six-team South Division and almost 20 points out of a playoff spot.

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By Sam Laskaris| January 28, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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