Stars prospect Brett Ritchie had a nine-goal, 11 point weekend. Photo Credit: Terry Wilson, OHL Images
Sometimes you break a slump. And sometimes, you take that slump and beat it with a sledgehammer until its in a thousand pieces. Brett Ritchie, a prospect for the Dallas Stars who currently plays for the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League, was in a bad slump coming into the weekend, having only scored one goal in the first 12 games of the season. But he came out of the weekend like a conquering hero.
In two games this weekend, Ritchie notched 11 points, including an incredible five goals in one game Sunday against the Peterborough Petes, which was a 6-4 IceDogs victory. Of course, that was an improvement on the paltry four goals he scored the previous day during a 9-4 victory over the Guelph Storm (Ritchie also notched two assists in that game).
For the season, Ritchie now has 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 19 games, and his goals and points totals are both third best in the OHL.
Ritchie was the Stars’ second-round choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. They’ve missed the playoffs each of the past four years, but it looks like they’ve got hope for the future with a player like Brett Ritchie in their development pool.
By Arun Morace