Eleven OHL prospects are Telus Cup Bronze Medalists with the Mississauga Rebels following a 4-1 win over the Regina Pat Canadians on Sunday in Prince George, BC.
The Telus Cup is Hockey Canada’s national championship for Midget hockey.
After Christian Purboo (North Bay Battalion) was named the tournament’s top goaltender, Josh Eisfeld (Sudbury Wolves) took over and made the most of his lone start, turning away 40 saves to backstop the Rebels to bronze as Calder Lund (Flint Firebirds), Massimo Petricca (Barrie Colts), Ryan Madigan and Evan Benwell (Windsor Spitfires) scored goals.
Mississauga won despite being outshot 41-33.
The Rebels bring home bronze in their first ever appearance at the Telus Cup and follow the gold medalist North York Rangers (2016) and Toronto Young Nationals (2015) in putting a GTHL club on the podium for a third straight year.
The Rebels played to a 4-2-1 mark, losing to the eventual Telus Cup champion Cape Breton West Islanders out of Port Hood, Nova Scotia in Semi-Final action.
The aforementioned Purboo, whose older brother Cole is preparing for the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup with the Windsor Spitfires, took home the tournament’s top goaltender honours after recording a 3-2-1 record with a 1.67 goals-against average, two shutouts and a .935 save percentage over six games.
Michael Hill (Niagara IceDogs), Massimo Petricca (Barrie Colts) and Evan Benwell (Windsor Spitfires) finished tied for the Mississauga lead in scoring with five points each.
The Rebels finished third in the GTHL regular season standings before going on a playoff run that saw them defeat the regular season champion Toronto Young Nationals in the GTHL Championship.
They advanced to the Central Region Championship where they faced off against Ontario’s top talent and went undefeated. The Rebels finished with a 5-0-2 record after a gold medal victory over the Windsor Jr. Spitfires.
Of the 11 OHL prospects on the roster, seven were selected in the 2017 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection while the other four were products of the 2016 and 2017 OHL Priority Selections.
MISSISSAUGA REBELS – TELUS CUP BRONZE MEDALISTS
OHL Prospects – OHL team listed in brackets
Josh Eisfeld (Sudbury Wolves)
Christian Purboo (North Bay Battalion)
Calder Lund (Flint Firebirds)
Eric Mergelas (Sudbury Wolves)
Evan Benwell (Windsor Spitfires)
Josiah DeGazon (Barrie Colts)
Bair Gendunov (Saginaw Spirit)
Michael Hill (Niagara IceDogs)
Elijah Gonsalves (London Knights)
Ryan O’Hara (Kitchener Rangers)
Massimo Petricca (Barrie Colts)
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