Hamilton Bulldogs’ hometown goalie earns OHL honour

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Published May 16, 2022 at 4:32 pm

Marco Costantini of the Hamilton Bulldogs. (Brandon Taylor, OHL Images)

Although Marco Costantini is a goaltender, he completed a hat trick on Monday.

The Hamilton Bulldogs’ last line of defence was recognized as Ontario Hockey League oaltender of the week for the third time this season. Last week, the 19-year-old Hamilton native had an 0.99 goals-against average (GAA), .969 save percentage (62 saves on 64 shots) and one shutout over the course of the Bulldogs’ two away wins against the Mississauga Steelheads. Those victories wrapped a four-game second-round sweep.

The Bulldogs and North Bay Battalion begin the best-of-seven OHL Eastern Conference final on Friday at FirstOntario Centre.

The 19-year-old Costantini and the Bulldogs have yet to allow more than three goals in the playoffs while going 8-0 in the first two rounds. Costantini has a 1.87 GAA and .931 save pct. on 26.94 shots per game.

The other two goalies considered are both over in the Western Conference. Flint Firebirds’ Luke Cavallin had a 1.91 GAA and .939 save pct. last week, while Matt Onuska of the Windsor Spitfires fashioned a 2.33 GAA and .918 save pct. across three victories.

In the regular season, Costantini was named the Eastern Conference’s top goalie on the strength of leading the 20-team OHL with a 2.32 average, .917 save pct. and six shutouts. He also earned credit for 31 wins, second only to Cavallin’s 36 for Flint.

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Costantini was also goalie of the week for the Feb. 28-March 6 and March 14-20 periods.

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