Kingston Frontenacs graduate Ted Nichol scored the game winner 1:14 into the third overtime as the Guelph Gryphons defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 2-1 to be crowned Queen’s Cup champions for the seventh time and first since 1997.
Ryan Valentini (Sudbury Wolves) picked up an assist on Nichol’s game winner.
“He got me the puck and I just made a good shot short side and it went in,” Nichol said moments after the goal. “I really just blacked out.
“We knew if we stuck to our game plan we were going to get the job done. It took a long time, but we got it done.”
Marc Stevens (Guelph Storm) got the scoring started 1:39 into the third period on an assist from Giordano Finoro (Barrie Colts) before Ottawa responded less than a minute later. Nichol’s championship-clinching goal came in the game’s 101st minute.
The Gryphons finished third in the OUA West during the regular season, playing to a record of 17-6-4-1. Their playoff journey featured series wins over Laurier, Brock and Western before reaching the Final.
Three former OHLers in Finoro, Stevens and Stephen Templeton (Hamilton Bulldogs) were among Guelph’s playoff scoring leaders with seven points apiece.
Ottawa defenceman Nicolas Mattinen (Oshawa Generals) led the OUA Playoffs in scoring with 11 points (2-9–11) in nine games.
Both the Gryphons and Gee-Gees are off to the 2020 Cavendish Farms University Cup that begins on Thursday in Halifax.
Former OHL Players on Guelph Gryphons:
Cole Cameron (Kitchener Rangers 2019)
Ryan O’Bonsawin (Sudbury Wolves 2019)
Justin Lemcke (Hamilton Bulldogs 2018)
Jesse Saban (North Bay Battalion 2018)
Stephen Templeton (Hamilton Bulldogs 2018)
Matthew Timms (London Knights 2019)
Mikkel Aagaard (Sudbury Wolves 2016)
Bobby Dow (Peterborough Petes 2018)*
Giordano Finoro (Barrie Colts 2017)**
Luke Kutkevicius (Windsor Spitfires 2019)
Ted Nichol (Kingston Frontenacs 2018)
Zach Poirier (Owen Sound Attack 2019)
Zach Roberts (Guelph Storm 2019)
Marc Stevens (Guelph Storm 2016)
Ryan Valentini (Sudbury Wolves 2018)
*Spent 2018-19 season with QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix
** Spent 2017-19 with QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques
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