Team GTHL Red has been crowned 2017 OHL Gold Cup Champions following a 3-1 win over Team OMHA Black on Sunday in Kitchener.
OHL prospects made their mark at the annual event with Niagara IceDogs first round selection Philip Tomasino leading all players in points (10) and goals (6) while Saginaw Spirit first rounder Nicholas Porco finished a close second with eight points (3-5–8).
HEO Player of the Year Alex Hogue (SAR) led all blueliners in tournament scoring with seven points (1-6–7) while Anthony Aguanno (GUE) (2-3–5) and Robert Calisti (SSM) (0-5–5) finishing second with five points each.
In goal, Kingston Frontenacs prospect Ryan Dugas of the championship-winning Team GTHL Red led netminders in wins with three. Niagara IceDogs prospect Christian Sbaraglia, also of GTHL Red posted a tournament-low 1.50 goals-against average and silver medalist Ethan Langevin (SAR) led goalies with a .939 save percentage and 108 saves.
Here’s a rundown of Sunday’s medal round action:
GOLD MEDAL GAME – TEAM GTHL RED 3 (5-0-0) vs. TEAM OMHA BLACK 1 (3-2-0)
They fell behind just eight seconds into the Gold Medal Game, but Team GTHL Red battled back with three unanswered goals to be crowned 2017 OHL Gold Cup Champions on Sunday in Kitchener.
OHL Cup Champion Jamieson Rees (SAR) scored the game winner 17 seconds into the second frame as GTHL Red took the win by a score of 3-1 thanks to other goals from Guelph Storm prospects Mason Primeau and Anthony Aguanno.
“It’s an unbelievable experience,” said Rees following the championship celebration. ” I had so much fun here with the boys, meeting new people and playing with new teammates that used to be rivals.
“Thanks to some great trainers and a good coaching staff we came together as a team really quickly.”
Rees said he and teammate Aguanno called one another’s goals beforehand, making the win that much more thrilling.
“It’s funny, going into the second period he told me he felt like I was going to score and then I did on my first shift,” Rees recalled. “Then I did the same thing to him at the start of the third and he ended up scoring so it was a lot of fun.”
OMHA Black’s Matthew Gordon (KIT) opened the scoring in the early seconds of the game with an assist from Cameron Supryka (PBO), but GTHL Red controlled the flow of the game, taking the shot clock 33-21.
Rees was joined by Mississauga Reps OHL Cup Champion teammates in forwards Lucas Rowe (LDN) and Mike Petizian (KIT) along with goaltender Ryan Dugas (KGN).
OMHA Black’s Ethan Langevin (SAR) made 30 saves in the loss to earn Player of the Game honours for his club.
Player of the Game:
GTHL Red – Ryan Dugas (KGN) (20 SV)
OMHA Black – Ethan Langevin (SAR) (30 SV)
OHL GOLD CUP CHAMPIONS – TEAM GTHL RED:
Anthony Aguanno (GUE) – Evan Brand (KGN) – Graeme Clarke (OTT) – Ryan Dugas (KGN) – Thomas Harley (MISS) – Kyle Harris (FLNT) – Louka Henault (WSR) – Xavier Henry (HAM) – Dylan Jackson (GUE) – Ty Jackson (GUE) – Brodie McDougall (SBY) – Mike Petizian (KIT) – Mason Primeau (GUE) – Jamieson Rees (SAR) – Ashton Reesor (SAR) – Lucas Rowe (LDN) – Christian Sbaraglia (NIAG) – Anthony Tabak (SBY) – Nick Wong (OSH) – Zachary Wright (KGN)
OHL GOLD CUP SILVER MEDALISTS – TEAM OMHA BLACK:
Jacob Campbell (KGN) – Matthew Dunsmoor (MISS) – Hayden Fowler (SSM) – Matthew Gordon (KIT) – Brayden Guy (SAR) – Spencer Hazell (OS) – Clark Hiebert (GUE) – Andrew Horsley (PBO) – Josh Houston (FLNT) – Colton Kammerer (SAR) – Ethan Langevin (SAR) – Tanner McEachern (FLNT) – Blake Murray (SBY) – Isaak Phillips (SBY) – Mitchell Russell (OS) – Emmett Sproule (ER) – Cameron Supryka (PBO) – Cameron Warren – Drew Wawrow (SBY) – Liam Wittaker (LDN)
BRONZE MEDAL GAME – TEAM HEO 3 (3-1-1) vs. TEAM OMHA WHITE 2 (2-3-0)
After two periods of scoreless hockey, Team HEO and Team OMHA White swapped goals in the third as blueliner Simon Rose (NB) landed the finishing blow with 3:13 remaining in the third as HEO claimed OHL Gold Cup Bronze with a 3-2 victory.
Josh Shimizu (ER) and Joe Carroll (SSM) also scored power play goals, giving HEO three in the third period while goaltender Luke Cavallin (FLNT) secured the win with 18 saves.
The shots were just 14-8 for Team HEO after two periods but the pace really picked up in the third as HEO outshot OMHA White 13-12 in the final 20 minutes.
Connor McMichael (HAM) and Zachary Uens (FLNT) both scored for fourth place OMHA White in the loss while Cole Brady (GUE) made 24 saves in defeat.
Player of the Game:
HEO – Joe Carroll (SSM) (1G, 1A)
OMHA White – Connor McMichael (HAM) (1G)
OHL GOLD CUP BRONZE MEDALISTS – TEAM HEO:
Joe Carroll (SSM) – Luke Cavallin (FLNT) – Alex Charlebois (BAR) – Nick Chartrand (LDN) – Bruce Coltart (OTT) – Jesse Dick – Danyk Drouin (OSH) – Curtis Fabbro (KGN) – Alex Hogue (SAR) – Alex Johnston (SSM) – Quinn McClelland – Cody Monds – Ford Ondrovic (HAM) – Zach Paputsakis (OSH) – Jeremy Quesnel – Jack Quinn (OTT) – Ryan Richardson (PBO) – Simon Rose (NB) – Josh Shimizu (ER) – Matthew Vermaeten
TEAM ALLIANCE 3 (3-2-0) vs. TEAM GTHL BLUE 2 (3-2-0)
Aidan Prueter (SAG) scored the game winner 3:57 into the third period as Team ALLIANCE skated past Team GTHL Blue 3-2 to finish their OHL Gold Cup schedule.
Stephane Crevier (SAG) and Keean Washkurak (MISS) opened the scoring with a pair of first period goals less than two minutes apart for ALLIANCE before GTHL Blue battled back in the second with goals from Daniel D’Amico (WSR) and Brandon Coe (NB).
Prueter’s difference maker came with assists from Mark Woolley (GUE) and Cole Schwindt (MISS) as ALLIANCE outshot GTHL Blue 12-7 in the third period for a game-tying total of 28-28.
Jet Greaves (BAR) and Aidan Pitre (FLNT) shared the load in the ALLIANCE goal while GTHL Blue’s Matthew Keeley made 25 saves in the loss.
Player of the Game:
ALLIANCE – Keean Washkurak (MISS) (1G)
GTHL Blue – Billy Constantinou (NIAG) (2A)
TEAM HNO 4 (1-3-1) vs. TEAM NOHA 0 (0-5-0)
Christian Cicigoi (NB) stopped all 20 shots he faced, backstopping Team HNO to a 4-0 win in the battle of the north over Team NOHA.
Keighan Gerrie (LDN), Cooper Witherspoon, Sam Brunton and Dalton Duhart (LDN) scored goals while Tag Bertuzzi (GUE) pitched in with two assists as Team HNO outshot Team NOHA 27-20 and held them to 0-for-6 on the power play.
Joel Rainville made 23 saves in goal for Team NOHA.
Player of the Game:
HNO – Carter Tresoor (KIT) (1A)
NOHA – Cole MacKay (SSM)
For full coverage of the 2017 OHL Gold Cup, please visit ohlgoldcup.com.