Brazeau named Player of the Week

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Justin Brazeau, who tied a North Bay Battalion franchise record with seven points in an 8-3 home-ice victory Sunday over the Kingston Frontenacs, has been named the Ontario Hockey League’s ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Right winger Brazeau scored three goals and added four assists against Kingston after producing one goal and one assist in a 4-3 setback Thursday night to the visiting Mississauga Steelheads for four goals, five assists and nine points in the Battalion’s two games in the week ending Oct. 21.

Battalion captain Brazeau took over top spot in the OHL scoring race Sunday, having scored 12 goals and earned 13 assists for 25 points in 12 games.

He generated his second three-goal game of the season, accounting for the Troops’ first three goals in 11:31 of the first period before adding the four assists. The seven points equal the franchise record set by centre Wojtek Wolski, who had four goals and three assists in a 9-4 verdict over the Erie Otters in Brampton on Jan. 22, 2006.

It’s the second such honour for Brazeau, who was recognized as the OHL’s Player of the Week for the period ended Dec. 10, 2017.

A 20-year-old native of New Liskeard, Ont., Brazeau is in his fourth season with the Battalion, which chose him in the 13th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection from the New Liskeard Cubs midgets. In 212 games, Brazeau has 79 goals and 71 assists for 150 points, tied with John Hughes and Kamil Kreps for 15th place in franchise history.

Having attended the National Hockey League training camp of the San Jose Sharks as a free-agent invitee, Brazeau, a six-foot-six 226-pounder, was named the fifth captain in the Battalion’s North Bay tenure after leading the OHL preseason in scoring.

Apart from Brazeau himself, centre Mike Amadio was the most recent Battalion player to be named Player of the Week, for the period ended Feb. 21, 2016. Previous honorees since the move to North Bay in 2013 were right winger Barclay Goodrow, for the playoff period ended April 20, 2014, left winger Zach Bratina for the week ended Oct. 18, 2015, and goaltender Jake Smith for the period ended Dec. 20, 2015.

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