Former Peterborough Pete Sahil Panwar named OHL player of the week

Former Peterborough Pete Sahil Panwar named OHL player of the week

Updated: 1 month, 29 days, 17 hours, 57 minutes, 13 seconds ago

Former Peterborough Petes centre Sahil Panwar was named Monday as the Ontario Hockey League’s player of the week after leading his new team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, to a 7-4 upset win over his former team on Sunday at the Memorial Centre as well as helping knock off the league’s top team on Saturday.

Panwar and Nick Lardis were dealt to the Bulldogs in early January in a deal that brought Avery Hayes and Gavin White to the Petes. Last year’s OHL champions were sellers at the trade deadline and the trade resulted in more playing time for Panwar and Lardis as they landed on Hamilton’s top line.

Panwar had four goals, five assists and nine points in three games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-3 for the Bulldogs in the week ending Sunday.

After getting his week started with an assist in a 5-1 Thursday night loss to the Flint Firebirds, Panwar returned to the scoresheet on Saturday, picking up a pair of goals and an assist in a 5-4 overtime win over the league-leading Ottawa 67’s.

Panwar earned his second straight first star honour on Sunday, recording a career-high five points including two goals and three helpers (2-3-5) in the 7-4 win over the Petes

A 21-year-old native of Mississauga, Panwar now has 15 goals, 20 assists and 35 points in 45 games between Hamilton and Peterborough this season.

The Petes picked him up as an overager from the Flint Firebirds at the start of the season.

The 6-foot, 185-pound centre has 18 points (5-13-18) alone in just 11 games since joining Hamilton on Jan. 7.

The former second round (23rd overall) pick by the London Knights in the 2018 OHL draft now has 38 goals, 52 assists and 90 points in 176 career regular season games split between the Knights, Firebirds, Petes and Bulldogs.

After going undrafted in the NHL draft, Panwar attended rookie camp with the Florida Panthers as a free agent invite in September.

Also given consideration for the award this week were Los Angeles Kings prospect Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts who scored his first career OHL hat trick as part of a six goal, two assist and eight point performance in three games last week.

Boston Bruins prospect Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm was also a standout, recording two goals and four assists (2-4-6) including an overtime winner over two games.

Jacob Oster of the Oshawa Generals was named the OHL goalie of the weekend after notching back-to-back shutouts, stopping all 49 shots that came his way in victories over Kingston and North Bay.

Oster’s first career OHL shutout came Friday in Kingston as he stopped all 19 shots he faced while Calum Ritchie scored twice in a 2-0 road win over the Frontenacs.

He continued his run of perfection on Sunday, making 30 saves for second star recognition as the Generals blanked the Central Division-leading North Bay Battalion 4-0 on home ice.

Oster has now played nearly 140 consecutive minutes of shutout hockey dating back to Jan. 19.

An 18-year-old from Ottawa, Oster owns a record of 12-13-2-0 with a 4.07 goals-against average and .864 save percentage in 30 games between Oshawa and Guelph this season.

The six-foot-three, 190-pound netminder is 3-1 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .965 save percentage in his four games with the Generals. Oster was Guelph’s fifth round (92nd overall) pick in the 2020 OHL draft from the Kemptville 73’s U18 program.

After hosting the Niagara IceDogs on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at the Memorial Centre, the Petes will play host to Oster and the Generals on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. for the 14th annual Pink in the Rink benefit game in support of breast cancer services at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

The Petes Pink in the Rink event has raised more than $900,000 for the hospital over 13 years and this year’s goal is $50,000.

The team will wear special theme jerseys designed by Kyle McDonald, which highlight the names of nearly 200 people who have battled cancer. In addition, the game jerseys feature a special PRHC Foundation shoulder crest and design inspired by classic hockey sweaters, paying tribute to Peterborough’s deep hockey roots, and the hockey moms that this year’s campaign is supporting.

The game jerseys will then be available for purchase during a live post-game auction in the Gibson’s Finest Club section.

Five local hockey moms have been named campaign ambassadors for the 2023 Pink in the Rink campaign: Jennie Ireland, Dara Gosselin, Elke Rye, Karen Tarkington and Dana Thorn.

Fans can donate to the campaigns of each ambassador through personalized PRHC Foundation Pink in the Rink fundraising pages, with a charitable tax receipt available for supporters.

Fans can also support the campaign through an online auction on and an in-person silent auction in the North Lobby on game night. Official Pink in the Rink T-shirts are also on sale leading up to and on game-night. A chuck-a-puck will take place in the second intermission, giving fans the opportunity to win prizes as they toss a puck into a Russelle Toyota vehicle sunroof as it drives on the ice.

Bobcaygeon Brewing has produced a limited edition run of Petes Lager featuring a Pink Can, with 25 cents from each can sold will be donated to the Pink in the Rink campaign.


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