Monday, May 13, 2013

ODHA wins 2013 OHL Gold Cup

Press Release

The Ottawa District Hockey Association captured the 2013 OHL Gold Cup title Sunday afternoon with a 6-2 victory over Greater Toronto Hockey League Royal at Sportsworld Arena in Kitchener.

Oshawa Generals prospect Ian Johnston scored two goals including the game-winner and added an assist for the ODHA in the Championship Final finishing the OHL Gold Cup as top scorer with 12 points in five games.

Barrie Colts prospect Adrian Carbonara opened the scoring for GTHL Royal midway through the first period.

Mississauga Steelheads prospect Neil Doef put the ODHA on the board less than six minutes later before Soo Greyhounds prospect Zach Senyshyn gave ODHA the lead in the final minute of the opening frame.

The ODHA put two more goals on the board in the second period starting with Johnston at 7:01 and followed by Ethan MacLean who finished the game with two points.  Eric Eremita netted the GTHL's second goal of the game on the power play at 15:11.

Ottawa 67's prospect Brandon Zullo scored a third period goal and finished the contest with two points, as did fellow 67's prospect Ben Fanjoy.  Kingston Frontenacs prospect Kris Myllari also recorded two assists.

Bo Taylor made 23 saves in the win.

Earlier Sunday, top OHL Priority Selection pick Travis Konecny scored the shootout winner for the ALLIANCE who claimed Bronze with a 3-2 win over GTHL Red.  He finished tied for third in tournament scoring with seven points in five games, while Kitchener Rangers top pick Michael Davies finished second in tournament scoring for OMHA Black with eight points in five games.

The 2013 OHL Gold Cup featured 160 of the top Under-16 players in Ontario.  The event, in partnership with Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey Federation, also served as an evaluation and selection process for Team Ontario that will compete at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The top 68 players from the U16 OHL Gold Cup will attend the Under-17 Team Ontario Camp where the Team Ontario Staff will ultimately select 22 players to represent Ontario on their final roster for international competition.  Last year's Team Ontario squad finished a disappointing sixth place despite a roster with talent that included OHL Rookie of the Year Connor McDavid and second-year defenceman Aaron Ekblad.

For more information about the event including full rosters and final results visit www.ohlgoldcup.com.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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