The 2012 Ontario Hockey League Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League continued Wednesday at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON, with 16 round-robin games on the schedule. The tournament continues with eight games on Thursday March 15.
2012 OHL Cup – Day 2 Results:
Game 20: Elite Hockey 8 (1-1-0) vs. Thunder Bay Kings 4 (0-2-0)
New Jersey's Elite Hockey scored five second period goals to power their way to a big 8-4 win over the Thunder Bay Kings to wrap up Wednesday night action at the Hershey Centre. The teams traded shorthanded goals in the first period before Elite Hockey broke the game open on the strength of a James Anderson hat-trick performance, while Ethan Sarfati chipped in two goals. Jeremy Bracco also had a two-point game with a goal and an assist, with Brandon Fusaro and Jack Dieber recording two assists. Jonathon Masters contibuted two points from the Kings blueline. Josh Sarlo earned the win in goal.
Elite Player of the Game – James Anderson (3G)
Kings Player of the Game – Ryan Burton (1A)
Game 19: London Jr. Knights 4 (2-0-0) vs. TPH Thunder 1 (0-1-1)
The London Jr. Knights improved to a perfect 2-0-0 alongside the Vaughan Kings in Division 4 following a 4-1 win over TPH Thunder. Spencer Watson and Jared McCann each had three-point games for the Knights with Watson scoring twice with one assist and McCann scoring once with two helpers. McCann's goal put the Knights on the board at 8:30 of the second period only to be quickly matched by Nicholas Bondra at 9:23. Watson's first goal of the game held as the game-winner late in the second period and Riley Brown earned his first win in goal. Ben Cirba took the loss in goal for TPH.
Knights Player of the Game – Riley Brown (Goaltender)
Thunder Player of the Game – Anthony Scarsella (1A)
Game 18: Toronto Young Nationals 4 (2-0-0) vs. Huron Perth Lakers 3 (0-2-0)
Mitchell Smith jammed home a loose puck with 22 seconds to play in regulation to lift the Toronto Young Nationals to a 4-3 win over the Huron Perth Lakers in Division 2 action Wednesday night. The Lakers admirably battled back after trailing 3-0 and scored all three of their goals in the third period to knot the score before Smith's game-winner. Mac Graham scored twice for the Nats along with Thomas Lattavo, while the Lakers' comeback was sparked by goals from Garrett James, Derek Elliott, and Taylor Moir. Daniel Potter earned his second win of the day between the pipes, with Evan Wigmore suffering the tough loss for the Lakers.
Nats Player of the Game – Mac Graham (2G)
Lakers Player of the Game – Derek Elliott (1G)
Game 17: Detroit Little Caesars Selects 8 (1-1-0) vs. GNML Selects 3 (0-2-0)
The Detroit Little Caesars Selects put their offensive weapons to use exploding for a tournament-high eight goals in their first win an 8-3 victory over the GNML Selects who suffered their second loss of the tournament. Detroit spread out the scoring with six players finding the twine including Mitchell Vanderburg and Patrick Curry with two goals each. The game was scoreless through one before the teams combined for five goals in the second period beginning with a GNML goal just 56 seconds into the period by Tyler Peters. Curry broke the 2-2 tie late in the second opening the door for five Detroit goals in the third period. Quentin Prokopetz got the win in goal for Detroit.
Detroit Player of the Game – Mitchell Vanderburg (2G)
GNML Player of the Game – Tanner LaFrance (1G)
Game 16: Ottawa Valley Titans 3 (2-0-0) vs. Southern Tier Admirals 1 (0-2-0)
The Ottawa Valley Titans became the second ODMHA team to stay undefeated in Wednesday action with their second win of the day a 3-1 victory over the OMHA's Southern Tier Admirals. The teams traded goals early in the first period with Corey Chaplin finding the net first for the Titans at 4:05 followed soon after by Brad Parish of the Admirals to tie the score 1-1. Player of the Game Kevin Groulx broke the tie at 9:26 with Christopher Minns picking up an assist along with Austin Lamont who had two helpers in the game. The Titans defence would shut the door the rest of the way with Brayden St-Germain earning the win in goal over Chris Janzen.
Titans Player of the Game – Kevin Groulx (GWG)
Admirals Player of the Game – Chris Janzen (Goaltender)
Game 15: Ottawa Jr. 67's 6 (2-0-0) vs. Sun County Panthers 4 (0-2-0)
Andrew Abou-Assaly continued to dominate offensively with a five-point game for the Ottawa Jr. 67's scoring two goals and three assists to lift his club to their second win of the OHL Cup a 6-4 victory over the Sun County Panthers. Leading the tournament with 11 points in two games, Abou-Assaly scored the first of three unanswered goals for the 67's in the first 20 minutes. The Panthers replied with a pair of goals from Hayden Hodgson and Devon Paliani with his first of two in the game to make it 3-2 before trading goals in the final minute of the second period to keep it a one goal game heading into the third. The 67's took full advantage of the power play in this contest going four-for-four including a Ryan Kuffner goal just 40 seconds into the third. Brent Moran earned the win in goal for the 67's.
67's Player of the Game – Medric Mercier (1G, 2A)
Panthers Player of the Game – Devon Paliani (2G)
Game 14: Vaughan Kings 4 (2-0-0) vs. York Simcoe Express 1 (0-2-0)
The Vaughan Kings made a strong push for the playoff round improving to 2-0-0 with a 4-1 win over the York Simcoe Express who are still looking for their first tournament victory after a pair of losses on Wednesday. Big power forward Michael Dal Colle opened the scoring at 10:04 of the first period with his second of the tournament but had a hand in all three other Kings' goals receiving Player of the Game honours with four points. Defenceman Kyle Locke scored a power play goal late in the second period to give the Express some life until Michael Eade and Dylan Sadowy scored 13 seconds apart early in the third period to stretch the lead to 4-1. Aaron Taylor took the loss in goal for the Express while Brandon Klerer picked up the win highlighted by a penalty shot stop midway through the third period.
Kings Player of the Game – Michael Dal Colle (1G, 3A)
Express Player of the Game – Zac Masson (1A)
Game 13: Whitby Wildcats 1 (1-0-1) vs. North York Rangers 1 (0-1-1)
After each allowing a first period goal, netminders Kassidy Sauve of the Whitby Wildcats and Marco Santelli of the North York Rangers stood tall through 50 full minutes of hockey to preserve the 1-1 draw in Division 3 action. Both goals were scored just 31 seconds apart beginning with Dante Marcantuoni for the Rangers scoring on the power play at 8:25 for his club's first goal of the tournament. Quick off the draw, the Wildcats' Everett Clark was tripped from behind on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot that he converted to tie the score. Chances amounted in overtime for both clubs, none closer than for the Wildcats in the dying seconds when they thought they had the winner before it was quickly waved off as a result of the net coming dislodged.
Wildcats Player of the Game – Kassidy Sauve (Goaltender)
Rangers Player of the Game – Marco Santelli (Goaltender)
Game 12: TPH Thunder 2 (0-0-1) vs Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs 2 (0-1-1)
The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs scored two third period goals to erase a 2-0 TPH Thunder lead forcing overtime with the game-tying goal with less than 30 seconds to play. Connor Murphy scored the equalizer with the Bulldogs net empty after Brandon Kolaski put the OMHA squad on the board at 4:28 of the third when his shot from the top of the circle fooled netminder Joseph Cruz. The Thunder scored both of their goals in a span of less than three minutes in the second period with Austin Beaulieu and Nathan Krusko finding the back of the net past Mark Sinclair. Overtime would solve nothing but saw back and forth action with several two-on-one rushes at both ends.
Thunder Player of the Game – Nathan Krusko (1G)
Bulldogs Player of the Game – Connor Murphy (1G)
Game 11: Mississauga Rebels 3 (2-0-0) vs. Thunder Bay Kings 0 (0-1-0)
The Mississauga Rebels picked up their second straight shutout of the OHL Cup this time with goaltender Dawson Carty blanking the opposition 3-0 over the Thunder Bay Kings who were competing in their first tournament game Wednesday afternoon. The Rebels spread out the scoring over three periods with David Miller netting his second in two games in the first period, Brett Hargrave got his third goal in the second period, and Michael Prapavessis got his first of the tournament in the final frame. Nathaniel Dupuis took the loss in goal for the Kings.
Rebels Player of the Game – Jake Evans (1A)
Kings Player of the Game – Matthew Sutor
Game 10: Toronto Young Nationals 2 (1-0-0) vs. Don Mills Flyers 1 (1-1-0)
A battle of two familiar GTHL opponents was fought between the pipes and favoured the Toronto Young Nationals Wednesday afternoon edging the Don Mills Flyers 2-1. Both Daniel Potter of the Nats and the Flyers' Andrew Tucci earned well deserved Player of the Game recognition keeping the game close and exciting. The Nats snuck one past Tucci just 40 seconds into the contest on a goal by Evan Smith which held as the game's only goal until late in the third period when Brendan Shane buried a shot from in close to make it 2-0 at 9:37 of the third. The Flyers forced relentless pressure on the Nats but could not capitalize on any of their four power play chances in the third period. Joseph Molinaro finally solved Potter at 12:37 on a failed Nats clearing attempt to give the Flyers some hope. A last minute empty-net charge was turned aside by the Nats who opened the tournament with a win.
Nationals Player of the Game – Daniel Potter (Goaltender)
Flyers Player of the Game – Andrew Tucci (Goaltender)
Game 9: Toronto Marlboros 4 (2-0-0) vs. GNML Selects 0 (0-1-0)
Connor McDavid scored a hat-trick with an assist to lead the Toronto Marlboros to their second win of the 2012 OHL Cup by a 4-0 score over the Great North Midget League Selects. McDavid scored in the first and last minute of the first period including a shorthanded goal with just four seconds left to play in the opening frame. Marlies captain Roland McKeown chipped in his second goal in as many games plus an assist while Connor Christanson shut the door in his first start of the tournament. Jacob Kment took the loss in goal for the Selects in their first game of the tournament.
Marlboros Player of the Game – Roland McKeown (1G, 1A)
GNML Player of the Game – Jacob Kment (Goaltender)
Game 8: Ottawa Valley Titans 4 (1-0-0) vs. Detroit Little Caesars 0 (0-1-0)
A first period goal by Ottawa Valley Titans defenceman Kelly Summers held as the game-winner for the ODMHA finalists who cruised to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Little Caesars Selects Wednesday morning. Nicholas Hodgins made all the necessary stops to earn the shutout in goal for the Titans while Patrick McGrath provided a single goal in the second and Kevin Groulx netted two goals in the third to round out the offense. Brandon Halverson took the loss in goal but was kept busy between the pipes for Detroit who adjusted to new linemates and pairings throughout the game.
Titans Player of the Game – Andrew Donaldson
Detroit Player of the Game – Darren Brady
Game 7: Ottawa Jr. 67's 6 (1-0-0) vs. Huron Perth Lakers 3 (0-1-0)
The ODMHA Champion Ottawa Jr. 67's opened their OHL Cup tournament with a 6-3 win over the wildcard Huron Perth Lakers representing the ALLIANCE. Dynamic 67's forward Andrew Abou-Assaly stole the show with four goals including the game's first marker just 1:27 into play while adding two assists including a setup of Christopher Marchand at 12:22 who finished with a goal and two assists. Ryker Killins put the Lakers on the board before the end of the first period but Abou-Assaly and the 67's had an answer for every Laker push as his two quick second period goals stretched the lead to 4-1 before the teams traded a pair of goals each to round out the scoring. Alexandre Renaud picked up three assists for the 67's while Joel Howard earned the win in goal. The Lakers' Daniel Dekoning suffered the loss.
67's Player of the Game – Andrew Abou-Assaly (4G, 2A)
Lakers Player of the Game – Ryker Killins (1G, 1A)
Game 6: Whitby Wildcats 5 (1-0-0) vs. Elite Hockey 2 (0-1-0)
The OMHA champion Whitby Wildcats skated to a 5-2 win over New Jersey's Elite Hockey Wednesday morning at the Hershey Centre's main bowl. Davis Gadjovich counted on all five Wildcat goals with a hat-trick and two assists. It took the Wildcats just two minutes to solve Elite's netminder Drew Hotte as Liam Grande sniped to give the Wildcats the early lead. Elite's Player of the Game Jeremy Bracco scored his first of two goals at 11:02 of the first period on the power play to tie the score after one, but the Wildcats responded in the second period with a goal from Troy Oakley at 5:10 before Davis Gadjovich put together a natural hat-trick to stretch the game out of reach.
Wildcats Player of the Game – Brett Otterbein (Goaltender)
Elite Player of the Game – Jeremy Bracco (2G)
Game 5: London Jr. Knights 5 (1-0-0) vs. York Simcoe Express 1 (0-1-0)
The ALLIANCE champion London Jr. Knights opened the 2012 OHL Cup with five unanswered goals to beat the OMHA's York Simcoe Express 5-1 Wednesday morning in Division 4 action. Following a scoreless first period the Knights found the back of the net three times in the middle frame with goals by Spencer Watson, Brett Seney, and Kyle Pettit. Ocean Check and Trevor Abbot added singles in the third period with Jared McCann picking up his third assist of the game on the Knights' fifth goal. Mathew Vangalen scored a late power play goal to put the Express on the board. Tynan Lauziere earned the win in goal for London with Connor Ryckman taking the loss for the Express.
Knights Player of the Game – Kyle Pettit (1G)
Express Player of the Game – Noah Delmas
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