The Ontario Hockey League has named Niagara IceDogs goaltender Stephen Dhillon the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending February 24.
Dhillon posted a 4-0-0-0 record including two shutout victories with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .966.
The overage netminder turned aside 113 shots in four games last week and surpassed franchise great Mark Visentin to establish a pair of records for the IceDogs, who hold first place in the Central Division standings with a 37-15-7-0 record. Dhillon became the club’s all-time wins leader with his 90th career victory on Saturday earning first star honours by making 31 saves in a 5-0 shutout win over the Peterborough Petes. Then on Sunday afternoon he set the IceDogs single season wins record with his 31st victory that came in the form of a 9-0 shutout in Owen Sound where he stopped 21 Attack shots and was named the game’s third star.
His week also included a 30-save performance on Family Day as second star of a 5-2 road win over the Petes, and a 31-save effort on Thursday in a 10-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers.
This marks Dhillon’s second award recognition of the season and the fifth time a goaltender has been the recipient. He’s also just the third multi-week winner following Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and teammate Jason Robertson who was honoured once as an IceDog and once as a member of the Kingston Frontenacs.
A 20-year-old from Buffalo, New York,is playing in his fifth OHL season with the IceDogs after being chosen by the club in the third round of the 2014 Priority Selection. So far this season he carries a 31-10-7-0 record including five shutout victories which is tied for most in the OHL.