The 2012 Ontario Hockey League Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League continued Friday at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON, with the final 12 games of the round-robin schedule.
The Quarter-Final matchups are set and will be played Saturday morning including:
QF1 – Toronto Young Nationals vs. Mississauga Rebels – 10:00 am at Hershey Centre 2
QF2 – Elite Hockey vs. Ottawa Jr. 67’s – 10:30 am at Hershey Centre Main
QF3 – Ottawa Valley Titans vs. Vaughan Kings – 11:45 am at Hershey Centre 2
QF 4 – London Jr. Knights vs. Toronto Marlboros – 12:15 pm at Hershey Centre Main
The Semi-Finals will also take place on Saturday evening as follows:
SF1 – Winner of QF2 vs. Winner of QF1 – 6:00 pm at Hershey Centre Main
SF2 – Winner of QF4 vs. Winner of QF3 – 8:00 pm at Hershey Centre Main
2012 OHL Cup – Day 4 Results:
Game 40: Vaughan Kings 3 (3-0-1) vs. TPH Thunder 3 (1-2-1)
The 2012 OHL Cup round-robin schedule wrapped up with a spirited tilt ending in a 3-3 overtime draw between the Vaughan Kings and TPH Thunder. The Kings had already clinched top spot in the Division 4 standings and will enter Saturday's Quarter-Finals following a seven-point round-robin. TPH finishes with a strong four-point tournament in third place in their division. Kings top scorer Michael Dal Colle got his third of the tournament to open the scoring shorthanded just 55 seconds into the game. The next two goals were scored by TPH forwards Austin Beaulieu at 12:43 of the first and then Brandon Schultz with the lone goal of the middle frame at 9:06. A Nikita Korostelev goal tied the score just 15 seconds into the third before Jerad Rosburg and Robbie Demontis traded goals for TPH and the Kings respectively to round out the scoring. Brandon Klerer tended the net for the Kings, Ben Cirba for TPH.
Kings Player of the Game – Brandon Klerer (Goaltender)
Thunder Player of the Game – Austin Beaulieu (1G)
Game 39: Don Mills Flyers 3 (2-2-0) vs. Huron Perth Lakers 2 (0-4-0)
The Don Mills Flyers scored three unanswered goals and held off the Huron Perth Lakers comeback to grab a 3-2 lead to close out their OHL Cup schedule with an even 2-2 record. Dante Salituro opened the scoring for the Flyers shorthanded just 3:44 into the first and then helped setup Ryan Foss at 7:48. The game-winner was scored by Luca Cecen netting his first of the tournament at 3:55 of the second. The Lakers found goals from Garrett James at 5:48 of the second period on the power play, his fourth of the tournament, and Derek Elliott scored with 11 seconds to play in regulation to cut the Flyers lead to one. Andrew Tucci got the win in goal for the Flyers, with Evan Wigmore suffering the loss for the Lakers earning well deserved Player of the Game recognition.
Flyers Player of the Game – Luca Cecen (GWG)
Lakers Player of the Game – Evan Wigmore (Goaltender)
Game 38: Mississauga Rebels 3 (4-0-0) vs. Elite Hockey 2 (2-2-0)
The Mississauga Rebels squeeked out a 3-2 win over Elite Hockey Friday afternoon in a battle for first place in the Division 3 standings. The Rebels kept their perfect record and will enter the Quarter-Finals as the top seed in the division with Elite Hockey maintaining second seed with four points despite the loss. The Elite squad scored first when Jeremy Bracco netted the lone goal of the first period at 10:08 his third of the tournament. The Rebels replied with three straight beginning with Nicholas Pastorious at 5:03 of the second period and followed by two from captain Robert Fabbri including the game-winner scored just 36 seconds into the third period. Dawson Carty won the game between the pipes for the Rebels with Drew Hotte taking the loss.
Rebels Player of the Game – Robert Fabbri (2G)
Elite Player of the Game – Jeremy Bracco (1G, 1A)
Game 37: Toronto Marlboros 2 (4-0-0) vs. Ottawa Valley Titans 1 (2-2-0)
The Toronto Marlboros secured first place in the Division 1 standings with their fourth win of the tournament a close 2-1 decision over the Ottawa Valley Titans. Even despite the loss the Titans advance to Saturday's Quarter Finals with four points and an edge in the three-team tie-break with 10 goals for and just eight against. This contest was kept close as a result of excellent goaltending at both ends of the ice with Brayden St-Germain making countless saves for the Titans in a losing cause. Mathew Robson picked up the win, making the necessary saves down the stretch. Darren Raddysh blasted a slapshot top corner for the first Marlies goal, with Samuel Bennett netting the winner at 12:32 of the third period with his second of the tournament. Patrick McGrath's second of the tournament was the lone marker for the Titans.
Marlboros Player of the Game – Mathew Robson (Goaltender)
Titans Player of the Game – Brayden St-Germain (Goaltender)
Game 36: York Simcoe Express 6 (1-3-0) vs. Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs 0 (0-3-1)
The York Simcoe Express ended their OHL Cup on a winning note by defeating the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs 6-0. Aaron Taylor earned the shutout victory and the Express had five different goal scorers in the win with eight different players contributing to the scoresheet. Matthew Vangalen scored two goals and added two assists for the Express. Travis Dermott netted a power play marker five minutes into the third period and also tallied one assist. Brett Stirling had two assists, and Zac Masson and Logan Blaser added a goal and assist each in the victory. Michael Caluori took the loss for the Bulldogs.
Express Player of the Game – Matthew Vangalen (2G, 2A)
Bulldogs Player of the Game – Brett Dykstra
Game 35: GNML Selects 8 (2-2-0) vs. Southern Tier Admirals 2 (0-4-0)
Scoring was not a problem for the GNML Selects Friday afternoon as they powered their way past the Southern Tier Admirals by a score of 8-2 to keep their playoff hopes alive in the Division 1 standings. Jarren Bellini and Michael Amadio both scored hat-tricks for the Selects who pushed hard to score as many goals as possible to give themselves the best shot at advancing by goal differential in the event of a tie in the standings. The Admirals managed to tally the first goal of the game at the 1:25 mark of the first period with Matt Schmalz's first of the tournament. The Selects then answered with eight of their own including four shorthanded. Chris Janzen and Michael Singh split the time in goal for the Admirals while Jack Weston picked up the win for the Selects.
GNML Player of the Game – Jarren Bellini (3G)
Admirals Player of the Game – Damon Kapuscinsky (1G)
Game 34: Toronto Nationals 3 (3-1-0) vs. Sun County Panthers 2 (1-3-0)
The Toronto Young Nats won a nail biter 3-2 over the Sun County Panthers clinching second seed in Division 2 and a spot in Saturday's Quarter-Finals. The game went down to the final minute when Chris Cobham put the puck past Matt Mancina with a terrific individual effort to win the game for the Nats. The scoring opened at the 4:50 mark of the second period on a goal by Toronto’s Evan Smith. Sun County would counter with two goals of their own by Scott Florence and Robbie Lavoie. Beau Goehrum would tie the game at the 11:34 mark of the third period. Daniel Potter would pick up the win for the Young Nats in goal as Mancina was charged with the loss.
Nationals Player of the Game – Chris Cobham (GWG)
Panthers Player of the Game – Robbie Lavoie (1G)
Game 33: Vaughan Kings 4 (3-0-0) vs. London Jr. Knights 3 (3-1-0)
The London Jr. Knights fell just short in their comeback bid against the Vaughan Kings as they were down 3-1 battling to within a goal but Kings goalie Cameron Hackett shut the door on the Knights when they turned the pressure up in the final minutes. Robbie Demontis netted two goals for the Kings including one on a frantic goal-mouth scramble inside Tynan Lauziere’s crease. Also scoring for the Kings were Michael Dal Colle and Michael Eade. Keith Arnold let a blast go from the point at the 10:34 mark of the third period that beat Hackett to bring the Knights to within one goal of tying the game which would be as close as the ALLIANCE champs would get. Hackett played a brilliant game in goal for the Kings and was awarded with a win as Lauziere took the loss. With the win the Vaughan Kings clinch first place in Division 4 while the Knights will also advance to Saturday's Quarter-Finals as the division's second seed.
Kings Player of the Game – Robbie Demontis (2G)
Knights PLayer of the Game - Trevor Dulong (1A)
Game 32: Ottawa Jr. 67's 5 (4-0-0) vs. Don Mills Flyers 4 (1-2-0)
Ottawa Jr. 67's captain Hunter Racine led his squad with a five-point game defeating the Don Mills Flyers 5-4 to clinch first place in the Division 2 standings with a perfect 4-0-0 record. The 67's jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals by Ryan Kuffner who finished with a three-point game and Racine at 10:05 of the first. Joseph Molinaro put the Flyers on the board with one before the end of the first scoring on the power play at 14:26. The 67's came out flying again in the middle frame with two goals in the first three minutes only to see the Flyers storm back on the strength of Dante Salituro's two goals and one assist in just over an eight minute stretch. Racine netted the game-winner just off the draw at 5:19 of the third. Brent Moran picked up the win for the 67's in goal, with Daniel LoPapa taking the loss.
67's Player of the Game – Hunter Racine (3G, 2A)
Flyers Player of the Game - Dante Salituro (2G, 1A)
Game 31: Mississauga Rebels 6 (3-0-0) vs. Whitby Wildcats 1 (1-2-1)
The Mississauga Rebels continued their dominance at the OHL Cup as they defeated the Whitby Wildcats 6-1 to secure a berth in Saturday's Quarter-Finals. Matthew Alvaro picked up two goals and an assist to lead the way for the Rebels who remain undefeated at the OHL Cup. Jake Evans also had an impressive game as he picked up four assists to help the cause. Jesse Hewak scored the lone goal for the Wildcats at the three minute mark in the third period to snap the Rebels 132 minute shutout streak. Standout goalie Liam Herbst collected the win as Brett Otterbein took the loss for the Wildcats. The loss ends the OHL Cup run for the OMHA champion Wildcats who finished with three points in the Division 3 standings.
Rebels Player of the Game – Matthew Alvaro (2G, 1A)
Wildcats Player of the Game - Brendan Mosher
Game 30: Toronto Marlboros 7 (3-0-0) vs. Detroit Little Caesars 5 (2-2-0)
The Toronto Marlboros improved their record to 3-0-0 with a wild 7-5 win over Detroit Little Caesars on Friday morning. Jeremiah Addison started the scoring off for the Marlboros scoring a power play goal at the 4:03 mark of the first period and then netted another one 28 seconds later. The Marlboros would jump out to a 3-1 lead before Detroit scored three unanswered goals by Max Kalter, Isaac Ceh and Christopher Dodero. Addison completed the hat-trick on a power play goal in the second period and scored a critical goal at 3:52 of the third period to break a 4-4 tie, walking in from the corner and roofing a shot from in close. Connor McDavid and Roland McKeown also had outstanding games for the Marlboros as they combined for ten points in the winning cause. Matthew Robson and Connor Christianson split time in goal for the Marlboros as Robson would ultimately pick up the win.
Marlboros Player of the Game – Jeremiah Addison (4G)
Detroit Player of the Game - Christopher Dodero
Game 29: North York Rangers 3 (1-2-1) vs. Thunder Bay Kings 1 (1-3-0)
The North York Rangers picked up their first win of the tournament Friday morning with a 3-1 victory over the Thunder Bay Kings to close out their OHL Cup schedule. Riley Mocha opened the scoring at the 3:42 mark of the second period and the Rangers never looked back as they went up 3-0 on the Kings. Calvin Gomes had an impressive game for the Rangers as he netted one and picked up an assist. Thunder Bay would finally get on the board in the third period on a goal from Brad Arabia. Marco Santelli picked up the win for the Rangers and Nathaniel Dupuis took the loss for the Kings.
Rangers Player of the Game – Jamie McLaughlin (GWG)
Kings Player of the Game - Brad Arabia (1G)
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