Stefan Noesen named OHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Plymouth Whalers’ forward Stefan Noesen is the OHL Player of the Week after recording 12 points in four games scoring five goals and seven assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4 for the playoff week ending April 1.

Noesen led the offensive charge for the Whalers who won four straight games last week to comeback and beat the Guelph Storm in six games of their first round best-of-seven series.  Trailing 2-0 in the series heading into Game 3 on Tuesday, Noesen recorded his first of two five-point games in the series with two goals and three assists as first star of a 7-1 win.  He picked up an assist in the 5-2 win over the Storm to even the series on Thursday before producing his second five-point game of the series Saturday in Game 5 with a hat-trick and two assists as first star of the 9-3 win.  The Whalers clinched the series victory on Sunday with a 2-1 overtime decision with Noesen assisting on J.T Miller’s game-winner at 5:58 of the extra frame.  The Whalers will now host the Kitchener Rangers in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs beginning Friday night.

Noesen, a 19-year-old from Plano, Texas, is playing in his third OHL season with the Whalers.  Selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft , 21st overall by the Ottawa Senators, Noesen scored a career-high 38 goals and 82 points in 63 games this season and is currently tied for first in OHL playoff scoring with 14 points in six games.

Also considered for the award this week was Michael Catenacci who scored two goals and seven assists for nine points for the Kitchener Rangers in their final three opening round playoff games against the Owen Sound Attack.  Brandon Saad was also considered after scoring four goals and four assists for eight points in four games for the fifth ranked Saginaw Spirit who upset the fourth place Sarnia Sting in first round playoff action.  In goal, the Whalers’ Scott Wedgewood won four straight games against the Storm with a goals-against-average of 1.71 and save percentage of .949.

2011-12 OHL Playoff Players of the Week:

Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Stefan Noesen, Plymouth Whalers

Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs

2011-12 OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Andrew Yogan, Peterborough Petes

Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Brandon Maxwell, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Michael Sgarbossa, Sudbury Wolves

Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brandon Maxwell, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Michael Sgarbossa, Sudbury Wolves

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Cameron Brace, Owen Sound Attack

Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Mathias Niederberger, Barrie Colts

Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs

Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers

Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Josh Shalla, Saginaw Spirit

Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s

Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Beau Schmitz, Plymouth Whalers

Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Andrew Agozzino, Niagara IceDogs

Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Philip Lane, Brampton Battalion

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals

Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls

Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts

Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Ryan Spooner, Kingston Frontenacs

Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Matt Puempel, Peterborough Petes

Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Shane Prince, Ottawa 67’s

Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit

Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting

Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Greg McKegg, Erie Otters

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Seth Griffith, London Knights

Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts