The 2012 Ontario Hockey League Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League continued Thursday at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON, with eight round-robin games on the schedule. Action picks up Friday when 12 games close out the round-robin schedule.
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2012 OHL Cup – Day 3 Results:
Game 28: London Jr. Knights 4 (3-0-0) vs. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs 1 (0-2-1)
The London Jr. Knights clinched a berth in Saturday's Quarter-Finals following a 4-1 win over the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs to bring their record to a perfect 3-0-0 to end Thursday action at the 2012 OHL Cup. Trevor Dulong struck first for the Knights at 4:42 and was not answered until Cordell James capitalized on a Bulldogs power play with 30 seconds to play in the second period. Following the flood the Knights put three on the board in a span of under three minutes starting with Brett Seney's second of the tournament at 5:32 on the power play which held as the game-winner. Riley Brown earned his second tournament win between the pipes for the Knights, with Mark Sinclair taking the loss for the Bulldogs.
Knights Player of the Game – Jared McCann (2A)
Bulldogs Player of the Game - Cordell James (1G)
Game 27: TPH Thunder 3 (1-1-1) vs. York Simcoe Express 1 (0-3-0)
TPH Thunder picked up their first win of the tournament keeping their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 win over the York Simcoe Express who dropped their third straight decision. Mathew Vangalen put the Express on the board first with a power play goal just 29 seconds into the middle frame. Mitchell Fossier tied the score at 9:20 of the second period setting up an exciting third period finish. Patrick Grasso was the hero with the game-winner for the Thunder scoring at 1:49 of the third, with Nathan Krusko adding an empty-netter to seal the win. Joseph Cruz earned the win in goal for the Thunder while Connor Ryckman took the loss.
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Game 26: Thunder Bay Kings 5 (1-2-0) vs. Whitby Wildcats 2 (1-1-1)
The Thunder Bay Kings played spoiler Thursday afternoon picking up their first tournament win with a 5-2 victory over the Whitby Wildcats who suffered their first loss of the OHL Cup. King’s forward Nicholas Nigro opened up the scoring on a powerplay just 1:39 into the second period. It was a four-point game for defenseman Bryce Martyn who had a goal and three assists. Daniel Delpaggio also had a multi-point game with two assists. Towards the end of the third frame Whitby trailed 4-2 when Matthew Sutor scored on an empty Wildcat net to ice the game. Whitby was 0/5 on the powerplay, while Thunder Bay's second powerplay goal early in the third period by Martyn held as the game-winner.
Kings Player of the Game – Mackenzie Blackwood (Goaltender)
Wildcats Player of the Game – Brett Howard
Game 25: Elite Hockey 6 (2-1-0) vs. North York Rangers 2 (0-2-1)
Elite Hockey scored six straight goals in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit and earn their second win by a score of 6-2 over the North York Rangers. Elite Hockey was led by Jack Dieber who had a five-point game with two goals and three assists. His first goal started the comeback just 2:15 into the second period and his second goal held as the game-winner at 5:35 shortly after Brandon Fusaro tied the score at 3:44. Daniel Willet also had a strong game for Elite Hockey with two goals and one assist. Josh Sarlo earned the win in goal, with Marco Santelli taking the loss. The Rangers had goals from Calvin Gomes and Matt McLeod each their first of the tournament.
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Game 24: Ottawa Jr. 67's 2 (3-0-0) vs. Toronto Young Nationals 1 (2-1-0) OT
Two undefeated teams faced off on the Main Bowl of the Hershey Centre to a game that didn’t disappoint. Both teams skated to a scoreless draw after one period, before the Nationals, Thomas Lattavo, made it 1-0, capitalizing on his own rebound after driving hard to the net mid-second period. It wasn’t until the six minute mark of the third period that the 67’s got on the scoresheet, when Elias Rizk put one past Nationals goaltender Daniel Potter. The two teams skated to a 1-1 tie through three periods, until one minute into overtime, Patrick White of the 67’s came in all alone and buried the game-winning goal. Joel Howard stood tall in net in the 67’s victory.
67’s Player of the Game – Patrick White (1G)
Nationals Player of the Game – Thomas Lattavo (1G)
Game 23: Detroit Little Caesars Selects 3 (2-1-0) vs. Southern Tier Admirals 2 (0-3-0) OT
Zachary Balodis fired a shot into the empty net with just one second remaining in overtime to give Detroit Little Caesars a 3-2 win over the Southern Tier Admirals in a crazy game. Needing a win to stay alive in the Division 1 standings, the Admirals used an extra attacker in overtime to push for the game-winner falling short after tying the game in the last minute of regulation. Trailing 2-0 in the third period the Admirals found goals from Damon Kapuscinsky at 9:40 and Zach Main at 14:28. Christopher Dodero and Gordon Helmuth scored second period goals for Detroit who are still very much alive in the Division 1 standings. Brandon Halverson earned the win in goal for Detroit, with Michael Singh taking the loss for the Admirals.
Detroit Player of the Game – Zachary Balodis (GWG)
Admirals Player of the Game – John Di Lorenzo
Game 22: GNML Selects 5 (1-2-0) vs. Ottawa Valley Titans 2 (2-1-0)
The GNML Selects first win didn’t come until the tournament’s third day, but it came in a big way with a 5-2 win over the previously undefeated Ottawa Valley Titans. Led by captain Michael Amadio’s four-point game (2G, 2A), and a strong goaltending performance by Jacob Kment, GNML took an early lead in the first period, and never trailed throughout the game’s duration. The Titans' Connor Cobbold had a two goal performance and tied the game at one in the first period and cut into the GNML lead early in the third, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the opposition. GNML’s fourth goal chased Titans goaltender, Nicholas Hodgins from the net, seeing him replaced by Brayden St-Germain.
GNML Player of the Game – Michael Amadio (2G, 2A)
Titans Player of the Game – Connor Cobbold (2G)
Game 21: Sun County Panthers 4 (1-2-0) vs. Huron Perth Lakers 2 (0-3-0)
The Sun County Panthers scored four unanswered goals to comeback and grab their first win of the OHL Cup with a 4-2 victory over the Huron Perth Lakers to start Thursday's action at Hershey Centre. Things were going great for the Lakers in the opening frame when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Drew Gross at 4:45 and Garrett James at 5:08. Lakers goaltender Daniel Dekoning even stopped a penalty shot in the opening frame to keep his club ahead. The Panthers came out flying in the second period and got a quick goal from Joe Manchurek just 47 seconds into the period, and got two more from Thomas Virban and Scott Florence to take over the lead. Matt Mancina picked up the win in relief and did not allow a Lakers goal.
Panthers Player of the Game – Matt Mancina (Goaltender)
Lakers Player of the Game – Drew Gross (1G)
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