Alexander, Rinaldi earn OJHL laurels

Jett Alexander. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)
JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

There is some distinct Prince Edward County flavour to the honourees of the monthly Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Player and Goaltender of the Month programs.

Wellington Dukes star Andrew Rinaldi was tabbed at the OJHL’s Kewl October Player of the Month for the South East Conference.

Andrew Rinaldi busts in on Kingston Voyageur JP Moquin. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

Meanwhile, Prince Edward County native and North York Rangers netminder Jett Alexander was the overwhelming choice as OJHL Goaltender of the month.

Alexander, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound native of Bloomfield and a Prince Edward County Minor Hockey Association alum, went 12-1-0 during October, posting a 1.07 goals-against with a .966 save percentage.

Alexander, who turns 19 on Thursday, had six shutouts in October and leads the OJHL in wins (18 in 22 games played), GAA (1.34) and save percentage (.953).

Alexander has posted has seven shutouts for North York in 2018-19 and the Rangers currently find themselves as the No. 2 ranked Jr. A team in Canada.

Whitby goaltender Luke Pearson was the runner up netminder of the month.

Rinaldi is in his second season with the Dukes and was picked as October player of the Month for the OJHL’s South-East Conference after he totalled 17 points in nine games.

His 10 goals in October included two game-winners.

Rinaldi’s biggest night last month was a three-goal, three-assist outing during an 11-5 win over Kingston in Wellington Oct. 19.

In his second season with the Dukes, the 20-year-old from Montreal has 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) and is tied for fourth in points in the OJHL

He amassed 58 points (25 goals and 33 assists) during 53 regular season games and helped the Dukes win the OJHL and Dudley-Hewitt Cup titles last season

He was North-East (before the conferences were reconfigured) Player of the Month for October 2017 – following another 17-point month.

Brock Welch of the Cobourg Cougars was runner-up to Rinaldi as the South-East Conference Player-of-the-Month.