Recently, we took a look at the top ten scorers in the OUA for 2013-14 with seven of the ten being grads of the Ontario Hockey League. Today, it’s a look at the top ten goaltenders. In the goals against average department, four of the top ten played at least some hockey in the OHL, including the top two in the league.
Francis Dupuis – Carleton Ravens
Playing 15 games for the Carleton Ravens, Dupuis led the OUA with a 1.78 goals against average while posting a .928 save percentage and recording two shutouts. 2013-14 was his second year with Carleton. The fourth round pick by the Guelph Storm at the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, 64th overall, played in just three games during his Ontario Hockey League career, all with the Storm during the 2008-09 season.
Kevin Bailie – Queen’s Gaels
Surely when the Hunter brothers shafted this guy at the 2012-13 OHL trade deadline, they knew that their act of complete disrespect for the goalie was part of a greater plan to make him a star. It worked. Bailie joined the Summerside Western Capitals of the MJAHL and led the team to a championship. In fact, the Capitals were finalists for the RBC Cup.
This year, his first with Queen’s, Kevin has already a shelf full of hardware, being named MVP, top goalie and rookie of the year. He placed second in the OUA with a 1.98 GAA over 20 games. His save percentage was amazing at .934 and he recorded two shutouts.
Bailie played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2012-13, his first four with the Oshawa Generals and his final year with the Knights.
Andrew Perugini – York Lions
Perugini placed fifth in the OUA with a 2.39 GAA over 22 games with the York Lions. His save percentage was a very respectable .922 and he had one shutout. 2013-14 was Andrew’s third year with York after wandering the pro circuit for the three years following his junior career. He appeared in the ECHL, AHL and Italy’s LIHG.
Andrew played three years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2007-08 with the Barrie Colts and Sarnia Sting. Perugini was traded to the Sting at the deadline in his final season.
Josh Unice – Western Mustangs
We just talked about Josh Unice last week and the fact that his OUA career ended and he had joined the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL for the rest of the 2013-14 season. Unice placed ninth in the OUA this year with a 2.56 GAA over 21 games with the Western Mustangs. His save percentage was .927 and he had one shutout. This was Josh’s fifth year with Western, having joined the club partway through the 2009-10 season and playing five games that year.
Unice played three years in the OHL from 2007-08 to 2009-10 with the Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires. He was traded midway through the 2008-09 season and played in two Memorial Cup tournaments over his three years, one with Kitchener and one with Windsor.
In an interesting twist, the third round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft is from Holland, Ohio. When there are still plenty of Canadian kids with the delusion that the NCAA route is best, here is an American kid that played OUA and now has a better education because he went to a Canadian school.