Friday, March 6, 2015

Oliver Bjorkstrand Hunting WHL Scoring Title/Winterhawks Club Record

Oliver Bjorkstrand has a chance to make Portland Winterhawks history tonight, as he has scored goals in 11 straight  games, tying Tony Currie, who set the mark in the Hawks inaugural 1976-77 season. He is also is currently 8 points back of the WHL scoring lead with 91 points in 49 games played.

With 2 goals tonight, he will be the first WHL player to notch 50 goals in 50 games since Emerson Etem did it in 2011-12 for the Medicine Hat Tigers. He sits atop the goal scoring lead in the WHL with 48, while Med Hat's Cole Sanford sits right behind him with 47.

So, if the last 10 games of the season were not interesting enough already for the Winterhawks, as a team, they are also to see how many records, title and accolades he 19 year old Danish winger can rack up.

How Likely is He to Win the Scoring Title:
Here are how the top 4 in points stand entering tonight's action:
#1) Trevor Cox (MH)-25G-74A-99 pts with 7 games left.
#2) Tim McGauley (Bdn)-39G-54A-92 pts with 8 games left.
#3) Oliver Bjorkstrand (Por)-48G-43A-91 pts with 10 games left.
#4) Cole Sanford (MH)-47G-41A-88 pts with 7 games left.

So I did some quick math and calculated their points per game. Here's how they rank:
#1)Bjorkstrand: 1.86
#2)Cox: 1.60
#3)McGauley: 1.43
#4)Sanford: 1.35

If you just took the number of games they have left and added calculated with their points per games here is about how they would finish:
#1)Bjorkstrand: 110 points (19 points in his last 10 games)
#1)Cox: 110 points (11 points in his last 7 games)
#3)McGauley: 103 points (11 points in his last 8 games)
#4)Sanford: 97 points (9 points in his last 7 games)

You do have to keep in mind that Bjorkstrand and McGauley are by far hotter then Cox and Sanford, as McGauley is carrying a league high 20 game point steak going into tonight. Oliver has 51 points in his last 21 games, while McGauley has 42 in that same span.

If no injuries happen, I would expect Bjorkstrand and McGauley #s 1 and 2 in that order at the end of the season.

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