OHL Defensive Award Winners
Friday, March 23, 2012 7:04 AM by
OHL Announces Defensive Award Winners
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the recipients of two of the league’s annual awards following the conclusion of the 2011-12 regular season.
The defensive awards include the Dave Pinkney Trophy for the goaltending tandem of the team with the Lowest Goals Against won by Mark Visentin and Christopher Festarini of the Niagara IceDogs, and the F.W “Dinty” Moore Trophy for the Rookie Goalie with the Best Goals-Against-Average won by Daniel Altshuller of the Oshawa Generals.
Dave Pinkney Trophy (Lowest Team Goals Against): Mark Visentin and Christopher Festarini, Niagara IceDogs
Visentin, a 19-year-old from Waterdown, ON, and Phoenix Coyotes prospect led the OHL with a goals-against-average of 1.99 including a record 10 shutout victories posting a 30-9-0-2 record for the IceDogs. Festarini, an 18-year-old from Oakville, ON, had a goals-against-average of 2.27 in 22 games for the IceDogs recording two shutout victories with a 15-6-0-0 record. Also suiting up for the IceDogs in goal this year was Jaroslav Pavelka who played in seven games, and Mike Gallardi who played in two.
F.W. “Dinty” Moore Trophy (Best Rookie GAA): Daniel Altshuller, Oshawa Generals
Daniel Altshuller of the Oshawa Generals produced the best goals-against-average among OHL rookie netminders this season with a mark of 3.55. He becomes the third member of the Generals to win the award following Ken Shepard in 1992-93 who posted a 3.48 goals-against-average, and Jeff Hackett in 1986-87 with a rookie mark of 3.04.
The trophy is named after F.W. “Dinty” Moore of Port Colborne, ON, who served as OHA President from 1942-45. In order to qualify for this rookie award, a goaltender must play a minimum of 900 minutes. Matej Machovsky became the first member of the Brampton Battalion to win the award with a mark of 2.90 last season.
Altshuller, a 17-year-old from Nepean, ON, is eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and was listed as the seventh rated goaltender by NHL Central Scouting in their midterm North American draft rankings. He finished the regular season with an 11-16-2-1 record along with a .900 save percentage in 30 appearances.