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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Michael McNiven wins award.

Owen Sound | by Kevin Bernard  

The Owen Sound Attack netminder named OHL goaltender of the year.

The Ontario Hockey League has announced that Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack is the 2016-17 recipient of the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year award.

McNiven played in 54 games this season carrying a record of 41-9-2-2 including six shutout victories that tied for a league-high, while also posting a league-low goals-against-average of 2.30 and a save percentage of .915 that ranked sixth overall.  His 41 wins not only led the OHL this season but established a new Attack single season record surpassing Jordan Binnington’s previous mark of 32 set during his award winning 2012-13 season. 

During the 2016-17 campaign, McNiven was part of an Attack squad that set franchise records for wins (49) and points (102) while surrendering a league-low 177 goals-against earning the league’s Dave Pinkney Trophy with partner Emanuel Vella.  He won 11 straight games from December 9 through January 21st.

A 19-year-old from Georgetown, McNiven was chosen by the Attack in the fourth round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.  

Meanwhile, the OHL final is set to begin tonight. Erie is hosting Mississauga at 7pm.

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