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March 2, 2017, Wellington, Ontario The OJHL announced today that Wellington Dukes netminder
Connor Ryckman has been named the Bardown Goaltender-of-the-Month for February after posting
a 6-1-0 record during the month.
The 20-year old was instrumental in the Dukes success down the stretch-run, helping solidify their
playoff position with all six of his victories coming within the North-East Conference. Posting a 2.13
goals against average and a .942 save percentage in February, Ryckman's month included five 30+
save performances in eight contests. He kicked-off the month with a 37 save, 4-3 victory over
Kingston, but the highlight of the month was a remarkable 44 save feat that preserved a 2-1 triumph
over the conference-leading Trenton Golden Hawks. Ryckman wins the award after previously being
named runner-up, to Trenton's Chris Janzen, in both September and December.
The Minesing, Ontario native would be selected by the Barrie Colts in the 14th round, 278th overall,
of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection out of the York-Simcoe Express Minor Midget 'AAA' program. The
following year, Ryckman would play 'AAA' in the Barrie Colts minor system, before making the jump
to junior hockey with the Alliston Hornets Junior 'C' club in 2013-14. His award-filled season saw him
be named the OHA GMOHL Player of the Month for December and then he shared the league award
for the lowest goals against average with teammate Tyler Brindle. Ryckman posted an impressive
2.24 goals against average in 23 regular season contests. With Junior A clubs beginning to take
notice, the netminder was picked-up by the Newmarket Hurricanes and made his OJHL debut as an
18-year old in 2014-15, posting a 19-16-2 record with 3 shutouts, a 2.87 goals against average and a
.923 save percentage, while also getting his first taste of post-season action. Midway through his
sophomore season, the Hurricanes moved Ryckman to the NOJHL's Soo Thunderbirds and he would
continue to excel, leading his new team to a league championship before falling to the Trenton
Golden Hawks in the 2016 Dudley-Hewitt Cup championship game. Returning to the OJHL during
the off-season, Ryckman has been a pillar between the pipes for the Dukes, finishing the season with
a 27-18-1 record for the third best win total in the OJHL. Also posting a 2.49 goals against average,
fourth best, and a .929 save percentage, third best, he was named to Team OJHL Nieuwendyk for
the 2016 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge that was held in Cornwall, Ontario earlier this
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