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Generals’ Calum Ritchie Named OHL Player of the Week

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that rookie forward Calum Ritchie of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Player of the Week with a league-leading seven points including four goals and three assists over three games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-4.

The second overall pick of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, Ritchie helped the Generals take wins in two of three games last week. The 6-foot-2, 178Ib. centre started with a goal and an assist in a 7-3 road loss to the Ottawa 67’s on Thanksgiving Monday. The Generals were back in the nation’s capital on Friday and this time came away with a 4-1 win as Ritchie scored midway through the third period. He saved his best performance for last, recording two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win over the visiting Peterborough Petes on Sunday night. Ritchie becomes the youngest Generals player to record four points in a single game since Michael Dal Colle did so back on Nov. 4, 2012. His five-game goal-scoring streak brings him in line with John Tavares, who accomplished the feat in the month of January 2006 during his exceptional status rookie season.

A 16-year-old native of Oakville, Ont., Ritchie’s six goals tie him with teammate Ryan Stepien for the League lead. He sits two points back of Sudbury’s Jack Thompson for the OHL lead in points, registering nine (6-3–9) through five games. His 28 shots on goal are the most in the OHL, and his 116 faceoffs are tied for second in the League. Ritchie is a graduate of the Oakville Rangers U16 program, a team he captained before being chosen second overall this past June.

Ritchie becomes the first Generals player to claim Player of the Week honours since Philip Tomasino last did so from January 6-12, 2020.

Other Player of the Week candidates included Calgary Flames prospect Jack Beck who posted four goals and two assists over three games as his Ottawa 67’s went 2-1. Soo Greyhounds winger Cole MacKay also recorded six points (2-4–6) as the Soo Greyhounds took four of a possible six points on the road. London Knights rookie winger Colton Smith was also given consideration after scoring five goals, including his first career OHL hat-trick as the Knights went 3-0 last week.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Oct. 11- Oct. 17 – Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)





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Shots Fired in Oshawa

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Police are investigating after numerous shots were fired on a residential street in Oshawa on Friday morning.

On Friday, October 15, 2021, at approximately 1:10 a.m., members from Central East Division were dispatched to the area of Fundy Court for reports of gunshots. Officers attended the area and located numerous shell casings. A residence on Fundy Court was located with damage from the gunshots. No injuries were reported. A second home on Valley Drive also had some damage as a result of stray bullets.

Two suspects were seen running to a nearby pick-up truck and fleeing. The vehicle is described as a grey pick-up truck.

Anyone with home security or dash-cam video at the above location, or anyone with new information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Kelly of the Central East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2783.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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Firearms and Drugs Seized

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Two shotguns, a handgun and a rifle were seized, along with a quantity of drugs, after a search warrant was executed in Oshawa.

On Friday, October 15, 2021, members of the DRPS Gun and Gang Unit concluded a firearms and drugs investigation. A search warrant was executed at a residence on Centre Street South.

Four firearms were seized, which included a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, a loaded sawed off 12-gauge shotgun, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a rifle, as well as numerous rounds of ammunition. The firearms were not lawfully owned and were not stored safely.

Drugs including fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA pills and percocet pills, with a total street value of more than $75,000 was also seized along with $7,500 in Canadian currency.

Christopher ALLAN, age 42, of NFA; George YEO, age 32, of Way Street in Whitby; Jennifer PYNE, age 26, of McGill Drive in Janetville; Judith POMEROY, age 57, of Centre Street South in Oshawa; and Jason WARREN, age 46, of Glen Street in Oshawa, were charged with various offences.

A photo of the firearms is attached or can be viewed at www.drps.ca under Newsroom.

Anyone who may have information in regards to this incident can contact the Gun and Gang Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5800.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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Durham Region Notice: Recycle your batteries during the week of November 8

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The Regional Municipality of Durham is reminding residents to place their used or unwanted household batteries out for recycling on their collection day, during the week of November 8.

When: Fall battery collection occurs the week of November 8 on blue box collection days.

Where: Households across Durham Region who currently receive curbside collection services.

Why: Batteries are not garbage – up to 92 per cent of battery components are recyclable and recoverable. By taking part in the battery collection program, you can help eliminate mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals from entering the environment. Since 2012, Durham residents have diverted more than 311,420 kilograms of household batteries from the waste stream.

The upcoming Daylight Savings Time change on November 7 coincides with local fire departments’ reminder for residents to change their batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Place any used or unwanted household batteries out for collection.

Note: Residents received two orange labels in their 2021-2022 Waste Collection Calendar Guide. A printable version of the label can be found at durham.ca/Battery. Residents should affix the label to a clear, sealable plastic bag containing their used or unwanted household batteries. Sealed bags should be placed on top of your blue box for paper during the week of November 8 only. Keeping batteries separate from other blue box materials helps collection workers to clearly identify them; please do not put loose batteries inside your blue box.

Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry location, away from any flammable material, prior to recycling. During storage, battery terminals should not be in contact with conductive materials. The terminals on lithium and nine-volt batteries should be covered with masking tape prior to storage. Have questions about battery collection or looking for more information about preparing batteries for recycling? Visit durham.ca/Battery.

If you miss your collection date, household batteries can be dropped off at one of the Regional Municipality of Durham’s Waste Management Facilities year-round, free of charge. For a list of locations, visit durham.ca/WMF.

Follow Durham Region on Facebook and Twitter, and share your participation using hashtag #DurhamBattery.

For more information, visit durham.ca/Battery, email [email protected], call 1-800-667-5671 or download the Durham Region Waste App.



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OCT.17/21 – PBO (3) – OSH (6)

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Calum Ritchie scores two goals while defenceman Lleyton Moore adds four assists in a 6-3 Gens win over rival Petes.



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Ritchie, Tullio lead Generals to victory over Petes

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The Oshawa Generals have won the first of 12 matchups against the Peterborough Petes, Friday night at the Tribute Communities Centre.

Calum Ritchie led the way with four points (two goals, two assists), and captain Ty Tullio added a goal and two assists to help the Generals deliver the first punch in this storied rivalry.

Ryan Stepien also scored his 5th and 6th goals of the season, and rookie Matthew Buckley scored the first goal of his OHL career.

“He was great for us tonight; he kept his feet moving and was rewarded for it,” said head coach Todd Miller. “He’s going to be a really important player for us one day.”

Nick Lardis, Justin DeZoete, and Emmett Sproule had the goals for Peterborough as the Petes move to 1-4-0-0 on the season.

Specialty teams were a significant factor in this game as the Generals went two for five on the powerplay today, while the Petes failed to convert on four powerplay opportunities.

“Our powerplay has started to finally click, which is going to be huge for us moving forward. We have to keep this momentum on the powerplay moving forward,” said Miller about the importance of the powerplay.

On a night where the entire offence was shining, one player still stood out, and it was no other than rookie Calum Ritchie. His four-point performance puts him tied for the league lead in goals with six (teammate Ryan Stepien also has six). He also has nine points in five games, putting him in a tie for 2nd in the OHL, two points behind the league lead of 11 (Sudbury’s Jack Thompson).

“I worked really hard over the summer to prepare for this season, and that’s helped with my confidence a lot,” said Ritchie about his impressive start to his OHL career.

Patrick Leaver made 28 saves to capture his second consecutive win on the season. The Generals and Petes are back at it on Thursday night, this time in Peterborough, with puck drop scheduled at 7:05 pm.





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Missing Vulnerable Male from Uxbridge

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Police are searching for a missing 67-year-old vulnerable male, who was last seen Sunday morning in Uxbridge.

Investigators are looking for Ronald BEVERLEY, age 67, who was last seen leaving his residence on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at approximately 9:30 a.m., near Main Street South and Brock Street West. His family have concerns for his safety and he has not made any contact with them since leaving Sunday morning.

BEVERLEY is described as male, White, 5’5″ tall, 130 pounds, bald. He was wearing jogging pants, sweatshirt, slippers and carrying a Blue Light beer backpack.

Anyone who knows the location of this missing person is asked to contact their local police service. In Durham Region, please call 1-888-579-1520.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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Generals prepare to battle rival Petes

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The Oshawa Generals will be looking to capture their second straight win tonight as they host the rival Peterborough Petes.

The Generals are coming off a 4-1 win over the Ottawa 67’s on Friday night. Ryan Stepien scored twice in that game, and rookie Calum Ritchie netted his fourth goal in four games.

Goaltender Patrick Leaver made 23 saves in that game for his first career win, and he will be getting the start again tonight for the Generals.

The Petes are also sitting on just one win on the young season; that win came on Thursday night against the Sudbury Wolves. Peterborough forward Tucker Robertson exploded in that game with a goal in three assists. Overall, he has six points in the team’s first three games and will undoubtedly be someone to keep an eye on during tonight’s game.

This season, generals captain Ty Tullio has been the team’s best playmaker with five assists in four games. He is currently without a goal on the season; however, with the type of shooting ability he possesses, it’s only a matter of time before the puck starts going in the net for him.

Puck drop is scheduled for 6:05 pm, with the game tonight being the first with full capacity at Tribute Communities Centre allowed since the start of the pandemic.





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Shooting in Whitby Early Sunday morning

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Police are investigating after a 26-year-old female was shot in Whitby early this morning.

On Sunday, October 17, at approximately 3:00 a.m., members from Central West Division were called to a disturbance at the Kendalwood Plaza (Dundas Street East and Kendalwood Road) in Whitby. When they arrived, they located a female suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to a Toronto-area trauma centre with non-life threatening injuries.

There is no suspect description at this time. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with information.

Anyone with new information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Bortoluss of the Central West Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1877.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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Laurier overtime goal splits preseason home-and-home series

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WATERLOO, Ont. – Adrian Nabuurs goal 1:42 into overtime gave the Laurier Golden Hawks a 3-2 victory over the Ontario Tech men’s hockey team Saturday night.
 
Nabuurs opened the scoring 9:50 into the first period, with Evan White (St. John’s, N.L.) evening the game 15:58 into the period on the power play.
 
JC Thivierge (Welland, Ont.) put the Ridgebacks ahead 9:43 into the second, a lead that stood until late in regulation. Steven MacLean knotted things up with 6:02 to go in the game.
 
Both teams split time in goal, with Leif Hertz (Kingston, Ont.) and Michael Bullion (Anchorage, Alaska) combining for 31 saves for Ontario Tech. Christian Propp and Matt Williams made 25 saves in Laurier’s win.

The Ridgebacks will continue their preseason against the Guelph Gryphons on the road Thursday night.  

RIDGEBACKS AT A GLANCE
Overall Record: 1-1-0
Conference Record: 0-0-0
 
Next Game: Thursday, Oct. 21 @ Guelph Gryphons (7:30 p.m. – Guelph, Ont.)
 



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