TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that New Jersey Devils prospect Ben Thomson of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending May 4 with three points in two games including a goal and two assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-1.
Thomson helped the Battalion earn a split on the road in the first two games of the Rogers OHL Championship Series for the Robertson Cup against the Guelph Storm. Thomson opened the scoring in Game 1 of the series with his fifth goal of the post-season despite a 3-2 overtime loss to the Storm on Thursday night.
The Troops evened the series on Friday night in Game 2 with a 4-3 overtime victory with Thomson assisting on Nick Paul’s game-tying goal on the power play at 14:32 of the third period, then he set-up Barclay Goodrow’s game-winner at 2:30 of the extra frame.
The series shifts to North Bay for Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Thomson, a 21-year-old from Orangeville, ON, is playing in his fifth and final OHL season. Selected by the Devils in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Thomson began his OHL career with the Kitchener Rangers before joining the Battalion midway through the 2013-14 campaign where he scored 24 goals and 15 assists for 39 points in his final 43 games finishing the season with a career-high 45 points including 27 goals in 55 games. The overage forward has also added 14 points in 19 playoff games with the Battalion.
Also considered for the award this week was 2014 NHL Draft prospect Robby Fabbri with two goals and one assist for three points in two games for the Storm, and Minnesota Wild prospect Zack Mitchell who scored once with two assists for three points in two games for the Storm.
Submitted to BayToday.ca