Flint Firebirds defenceman Riley McCourt has been named the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.
The fourth-year blueliner had three goals and five assists over three games, becoming the first defenceman to win the award this season.
He was a bright spot for the Firebirds in a Wednesday night 6-4 road loss to the Sarnia Sting, recording a career-high four assists as Flint scored three power play markers. McCourt earned first star honours in Friday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Soo Greyhounds, finishing with two goals and an assist including the game winning goal before scoring another game winner in Saturday’s 5-4 triumph over visiting Owen Sound. McCourt racked up 10 shots on goal in Saturday’s win for a total of 21 over his three performances last week.
The 19-year-old sits tied for fifth in scoring among OHL blueliners with 24 points (9-15–24) over 23 games this season. His 86 shots on goal are second among the league’s defencemen.
McCourt attended rookie camp with the Boston Bruins this past September.
Also considered for the award this week OHL scoring co-leader Connor McMichael of the London Knights who joined McCourt with eight points (3-5–8) last week. Knights goaltender Dylan Myskiw was also in the running after going 2-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .966 save percentage and one shutout in a pair of road wins.