Essex County Has The Best Players In The CHL

(TORONTO, ON) – The Canadian Hockey League has announced that 2017 NHL Draft prospect Michael DiPietro, of the Windsor Spitfires, is the Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week, for the week ending December 11, after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with three shutouts for a goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000.

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Mike DiPietro.

DiPietro was perfect in goal last week blanking the opposition in all three Spitfires’ road games and improving the club’s record to 21-5-4-0 for first place in the OHL’s West Division standings. He earned first star honours twice, including Thursday with 21 saves in a 3-0 win over the Barrie Colts, and Sunday with 21 saves in a 3-0 triumph against the North Bay Battalion.

His week also included a 22-save performance Saturday in a 6-0 win against the Sudbury Wolves, building a shutout streak that now stands at 204:16.

A 17 year-old from Amherstburg, DiPietro is playing in his second career OHL season and leads the league with four shutouts while carrying the league’s lowest goals-against-average with a mark of 2.11 and highest save percentage at .922.

The second round pick of the Spitfires in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection has made 22 appearances this season for the Memorial Cup hosts and carries a 15-3-4-0 record.

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Hayden Hodgson.

The CHL also announced that Saginaw Spirit forward Hayden Hodgson is the CHL Player of the Week, for the week ending December 11, after scoring seven goals and two assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Hodgson helped the Spirit win three straight games last week, continuing the club’s solid play as of late where they’ve earned 12 of a possible 14 points over their last seven games. His week was highlighted by a career-high five-point performance on Sunday, scoring four goals including the game-winner plus an assist, as second star of a 6-3 win over the Oshawa Generals.

Hodgson also recorded a three-point effort on Thursday, collecting two goals and an assist as second star of a 3-0 win over the Sarnia Sting, then scored a goal on Saturday in the Spirit’s 4-3 shootout win over the Hamilton Bulldogs.

A 20 year-old from Leamington, Hodgson is playing in his fifth career OHL season and second with the Spirit after being acquired from the Sarnia Sting last January. Originally a third round pick of the Erie Otters in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, Hodgson has 17 goals and 15 assists for 32 points in 29 games and is approaching his career-high of 23 goals and 38 points tallied in 2014-15.

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