After backing up several games this season, Ekblad finally got the call for Saginaw following an 8-3 loss against the London Knights earlier in the weekend with Nikita Serebryakov in net.
Facing the Guelph Storm, Ekblad put in a strong performance making 28 saves and picking up his first OHL win, a 3-2 decision. After getting outshot in each of the first two periods, and trailing 2-1 heading into the third period, Saginaw put in a solid third period effort with goals from Jason Shaw and Garret Ross to pick up the win.
Ekblad was also named the game’s second star.
In 29 games for the Chatham Maroons this season, Ekblad has 20 wins, a .913 save percentage, a 2.93 GAA, and one shutout. He was also named the GOJHL’s Western Conference November goalie of the month.