Day 3 action at the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga wrapped up with eight round-robin games on the schedule. Round-robin play finishes Friday evening.
Game 28: TPH Thunder 5 (1-2-0) vs. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs 4 (1-2-0) OT
Brady Crabtree ended Day 3 action with some overtime drama that favoured the TPH Thunder leading them to their first win of the 2011 OHL Cup. A back and forth game with lots of offense scattered through the lineups, the Thunder finished the game with three players producing multi-point efforts led by Cole Cassels with two goals and an assist, while Kevin Leblanc and Darren Edwards each chipped in two assists. Five different players had multi-point games for the Bulldogs including defenceman Jason O'Connor who scored the game-tying goal at 8:36 of the third period which would force overtime. Alec Doss picked up the win in goal for the Thunder.
Thunder Player of the Game -Brady Crabtree (GWG)
Bulldogs Player of the Game - Nicholas Dozzi (1G, 1A)
Game 27: Waterloo Wolves 3 (3-0-0) vs. Barrie Colts 2 (1-2-0)
The Waterloo Wolves remain perfect after Day 3 following a see-saw win over the Colts. The teams traded goals in the first period beginning with a Wolves tally by Evan Buehler at 6:34 followed by the first of two Alex Carnevale goals at 11:37. In the second period it was the same story, Wolves took the lead this time courtesy of Ray McFalls only to have a Carnevale goal knot the game. This paved the way for Ryosuke Kobayashi who broke the tie for good when he sprung loose on a breakaway and made a pretty deke to net the winner. "We had just been down 5-3 the shift before and I took a deep pass and went in alone," Kobayashi said describing the game-winning play. "It means a lot for us to be successful in this event, all the best teams are here and we have worked hard all season." Darren Huck picked up his tournament-best third win for the Wolves.
Wolves Player of the Game - Danny Hanlon (Forward)
Colts Player of the Game - Alex Carnevale (2G)
Game 26: Mississauga Senators 2 (3-0-0) vs York Simcoe Express 1 (1-2-0) OT
The Mississauga Senators pulled off their third straight one-goal win and second straight overtime victory to stay perfect in the 2011 OHL Cup after Day 3. Today it was Nicholas Paul who was the hero scoring the game-winner 1:42 into the extra frame. After a scoreless first period Joshua Sterk opened the scoring for the Sens just 1:03 into the second. The Express countered on a goal by Nick Moutrey at 8:58 of the second to force a tie that would last until overtime. Lucas Peressini shouldered the load in goal for the Senators to earn his second win of the tournament allowing just two goals in two games.
Senators Player of the Game -Nicholas Paul (GWG)
Express Player of the Game - Justin Maiolino (Forward)
Game 25: Welland Tigers 4 (1-2-0) vs. Thunder Bay Kings 2 (0-3-0)
In a must win game for both teams the OMHA Champion Welland Tigers brought their best game of the tournament and used a strong third period to edge the Kings. Hunter Garlent scored the lone goal of the first period on the power play at 13:25. Connor Sills tied things up for the Kings at 2:03 of the third period before Garlent and co-MVP Anthony DiFruscia would combine for three unanswered goals. "We are just trying to sneak in the back door," DiFruscia said following the game, noting that typical Tigers hockey means a strong third period. "Our slow start to the tournament threw us off a bit but we have battled through and now just need to keep it going." Brett Jeffries scored his second goal of the tournament for the Kings, while Christian Short earned the win in goal for the Tigers in his first start.
Tigers Player of the Game - Anthony DiFruscia (2G) / Hunter Garlent (2G)
Kings Player of the Game - Connor Sills (1G)
Game 24: Elgin Middlesex Chiefs 7 (1-2-0) vs. Oakville Rangers 5 (2-1-0)
Mitchell Fitzmorris and Derek Todosichuk came up big offensively each scoring a pair of goals and an assist for the ALLIANCE Champion Elgin Middlesex Chiefs who picked up their first win over the previously unbeaten Oakville Rangers. Four different goal scorers put the Chiefs on the board 4-0 in the opening frame. The Rangers slowly chipped away at the lead fighting back to make it 4-3 after two periods. The teams traded goals in the first three minutes of the third before Fitzmorris' shorthanded goal held as the game-winner. Despite the Rangers loss, Sean Perichak contributed one of the best individual performances of the tournament thus far with a four-point game scoring a hat-trick plus an assist.
Chiefs Player of the Game - Mitchell Fitzmorris (2G, 1A)
Rangers Player of the Game - Sean Perichak (3G, 1A)
Game 23: Ottawa Jr. 67's 3 (2-1-0) vs. St. Catharines Jr. Falcons 0 (0-2-1)
The ODMHA Champion 67's picked up their second straight win closing the door on the OMHA's St. Catharines Jr. Falcons 3-0. Zacharie Hamilton earned the shutout in goal. Jacob Jammes scored his fourth goal of the tournament which held as the game-winner at 12:23 of the second period on an assist from Mason Dingwall who had two helpers in the game. Brandon Seatter scored a last second empty-net goal for his first of the tournament. After earning two Player of the Game honours on Wednesday, Justin Nichols got the call in goal again for the Falcons.
67's Player of the Game - Joshua Hartley (Forward)
Falcons Player of the Game - Cole Langan (Defenceman)
Game 22: Halton Hurricanes 2 (1-2-0) vs. North Jersey Americans 1 (0-3-0)
Colin Maltby's first goal of the tournament was a big one leading the OMHA's Halton Hurricanes to their first win of the tournament. His game-winning goal came at 10:44 of the third period to claim Player of the Game honours. His goal came just over a minute after Alex Gleason tied the score for the Americans with his second goal of the tournament. Also scoring for the Hurricanes was defenceman Robert Verta who capitalized on the power play at 12:50 of the second period to open the scoring. Jason Da Silva earned his first win in two starts between the pipes for the Hurricanes while a busy Chris Birdsall picked up his second MVP honour for the Americans in goal.
Hurricanes Player of the Game - Colin Maltby (GWG)
Americans Player of the Game - Chris Birdsall (Goaltender)
Game 21: NOHA 3 (1-1-1) vs. Ottawa Valley Titans 3 (2-0-1) OT
The NOHA reps showed their resiliency in the first game on Thursday's schedule battling back late and shutting the door on several Titans power play chances in overtime to squeeze out a tie against the still unbeaten Ottawa Valley. The Titans were in cruise control early on jumping out to a 3-0 lead until midway through the second period. NOHA Player of the Game Danny Desrochers cued the comeback with a second period goal at 13:42 for his third of the tournament. Marc Dube and Tyler Brown also scored third period goals for NOHA to even the score. John McLean picked up two points for the Titans with Jim Pearson netting his third goal in as many games. Justin LaForest played goal for the Titans with Jean Marc Desormeaux in net for the NOHA.
NOHA Player of the Game - Danny Desrochers (1G)
Titans Player of the Game - Jesse Blais (1A)
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