Spits’ Johnston named OHL Player of the Month

Wyatt Johnston of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo courtesy Windsor Spitfires/OHL.

For the first time in over six years, a Windsor Spitfire has been named the month’s top player in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Centre Wyatt Johnston is the OHL Player of the Month for December, sharing the month’s scoring lead with 19 points, including seven goals, and a plus-minus rating of 13.

Johnston, 18, made his case for the award early, starting with a three-assist performance on December 2 in an overtime loss to Erie. The following night, he totalled six points, including two goals, in Windsor’s win over the Sarnia Sting, the most points by a Spit in a single game since Josh Ho-Sang in February 2014. His ability to set up scoring chances continued through the month, notching three assists on both December 16 against Sault Ste. Marie, and on December 17 against Saginaw.

At the time COVID-19 forced the Spits to postpone a few games before the New Year, Johnston was nursing a five-game goal streak.

He is the first Windsor Spitfire to be named Player of the Month since Brendan Lemieux accomplished the feat in December 2015.

The Toronto native currently sits in fifth place in the OHL scoring leaderboard for the season, with 18 goals for 46 points.

Also getting awards in December were Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Ethan Del Mastro, Rookie of the Month Coulson Pitre of the Flint Firebirds, and goalie Matt Guzda of the Barrie Colts.

The Spitfires are back in action Wednesday night in Guelph against the Storm.