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Blackwood named OHL Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Devils prospect Mackenzie Blackwood has been named OHL Player of the Week for the playoff period ending April 17.

Blackwood went 3-0-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.31, a .956 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Barrie Colts to a four-game sweep of the North Bay Battalion in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario, product turned away 87 shots over three games, including a 29-save shutout in Barrie’s 6-0 series-clinching Game 4 victory. The Colts advanced to take on the Niagara IceDogs in the OHL Eastern Conference final that opens Thursday in Barrie.

Blackwood, a second-round pick in last year’s NHL Draft, is the third Devils prospect to be named an OHL Player of the Week this season. Pavel Zacha, last year’s sixth overall pick, earned the honor for Nov. 16-22, and Blake Speers, the Devils’ third-round selection last year, captured it for March 14-20.

Blackwood is playing in his third career OHL campaign with the Colts. He went 28-13-0-0 during the regular season with three shutouts, a 2.72 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. In the postseason, the 6-4, 225-lb. netminder is 6-1-0-0 with a 2.26 GAA and an OHL-leading .924 save percentage.

• Forward prospect John Quenneville and the Brandon Wheat Kings have advanced to their second straight WHL Eastern Conference final where they will face the Red Deer Rebels.

Quenneville, the 30th choice in the 2014 Draft, is tied for the team playoff scoring lead with 16 points (7g-9a) in 11 games, including two shorthanded goals. His 73 points (31g-42a) in 57 regular-season games were good for third on the club and represented a 15-point improvement over his previous career high (2013-14) in four fewer games.

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