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Nine OHL Players Crowned Champions of Capital City Challenge with Canada Black

 

CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1ST:

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – CANADA BLACK 5, CANADA RED 4 – OT
After chipping in with an assist on Zach Benson’s (Winnipeg ICE) tying goal with 0.4 seconds left in regulation, Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals) finished the job on a breakaway 9:09 into overtime to crown Canada Black 2021 Capital City Challenge champions.

The 5-4 Canada Black victory sees them complete a perfect tournament, winning all five of their games as Alex Pharand (Hamilton Bulldogs) also scored and Denver Barkey (London Knights) picked up two assists.

Canada Red fought back from two different deficits in the game as Owen Outwater (North Bay Battalion) had a goal while Easton Cowan (London Knights) and Olivier Savard (Saginaw Spirit) each contributed with assists.

Mason Vaccari (Kingston Frontenacs) made 30 saves for the win in goal.

Ritchie finished second in tournament scoring with 11 points (5-6–11) in five games. Other Canada Black top scorers included London Knights teammates Oliver Bonk (1-4–5) and Denver Barkey (0-5–5) with five points apiece.

Easton Cowan (London Knights) was the OHL’s top scorer on Canada Red as he finished with four points (2-2–4) across five games.

GAME SUMMARY

Capital City Challenge Champions (Team Black): Denver Barkey (London Knights), Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals), Alex Pharand (Hamilton Bulldogs), Nick Lardis (Peterborough Petes), Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack), Cam Allen (Guelph Storm), Oliver Bonk (London Knights), Mason Vaccari (Kingston Frontenacs), Joseph Costanzo (Niagara IceDogs), Jordan Smith (Asst. Coach/Soo Greyhounds), Marie-Pierre Néron (Athletic Therapist/Ottawa 67’s)

Capital City Challenge Finalists (Team Red): Owen Outwater (North Bay Battalion), Luca Pinelli (Ottawa 67’s), Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers), Easton Cowan (London Knights), Olivier Savard (Saginaw Spirit), Beau Akey (Barrie Colts), Quinton Burns (Kingston Frontenacs), Kyle Raftis (Director of Operations/Soo Greyhounds), Franky Palazzese (Goaltending Coach/Sarnia Sting), Nick Biamonte (Video Coach/Guelph Storm), Spencer Stehouwer (Equipment Manager/Sarnia Sting), Dr. Wanda Millard (Team Physician/London Knights)

THIRD PLACE GAME – CANADA WHITE 6, NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM 1
Team Canada White skated to a 6-1 victory in Wednesday’s third place game as Carey Terrance (Erie Otters), Tristan Bertucci (Flint Firebirds) and Matthew Soto (Kingston Frontenacs) each finished the tournament with goals.

Canada White climbed ahead 3-0 in the first period, outshooting their opponents 22-3 in the opening frame. Bertucci would open the second period with a shorthanded goal to stretch the lead to four.

Emma Maltais got the National Women’s Team on the board midway through the third period before Soto hit the empty net to finish things off.

Soto finished as the OHL’s top scorer on Team White as he produced five points (2-3–5) in five contests.

GAME SUMMARY

Capital City Challenge Third Place (Canada White): Luke McNamara (Saginaw Spirit), Carey Terrance (Erie Otters), Chris Barlas (Ottawa 67’s), Luke Misa (Mississauga Steelheads), Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires), Matthew Soto (Kingston Frontenacs), Alexis Daviault (Sarnia Sting), Tristan Bertucci (Flint Firebirds), Nathaniel Day (Flint Firebirds), Rob Wilson (Head Coach/Peterborough Petes), Chad Wiseman (Assistant Coach/Guelph Storm)

SEMI-FINAL RECAP – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH:

CANADA BLACK 4, NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM 3 – OT
Zach Benson (Winnipeg ICE) scored just 11 seconds into overtime to push Canada Black past the Canadian National Women’s Team by a score of 4-3.

Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals) picked up an assist on Benson’s winner, one of his two on the night. He was joined by Oliver Bonk (London Knights) with two helpers while Denver Barkey (London Knights) and Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack) also recorded assists.

Canada’s National Women’s Team trailed 3-0 entering the second half of the second period before goals in a span of under four minutes from Brianne Jenner, Sarah Fillier and Micah Zandee-Hart drew things even.

Joseph Costanzo (Niagara IceDogs) stopped 17 of 20 in the Canada Black crease as they outshot their opponents 50-20. Anne-Renee Desbiens was a difference maker, turning aside 46 shots.

Canada Black faces Canada Red in Wednesday’s championship final at 7:00pm while the National Women’s Team takes on Team White in third place action at 2:30pm.

GAME SUMMARY

CANADA RED 6, CANADA WHITE 2
Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers), Luca Pinelli (Ottawa 67’s) and Beau Akey (Barrie Colts) scored goals as Team Red punched its ticket to Wednesday’s championship final in a 6-2 victory.

Canada Red opened up a 2-0 first period lead and never looked back as Olivier Savard (Saginaw Spirit) and Owen Outwater (North Bay Battalion) recorded assists.

Carey Terrance (Erie Otters) had an assist for Team White in the loss as they’ll square off against Canada’s National Women’s Team in Wednesday’s third place game at 2:30pm.

Canada Red meets Canada Black in Wednesday’s championship at 7:00pm.

GAME SUMMARY

DAY 4 RECAP – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH:

CANADA BLACK 10, CANADA WHITE 5
Calum Ritchie‘s (Oshawa Generals) three goals and two assists paved the way to a 10-5 Team Black victory, closing out a perfect 3-0 preliminary round for the darkshirts.

While Ritchie joined teammate Zach Benson (Winnipeg ICE) as the star of the show, Matthew Soto (Kingston Frontenacs) and Oliver Bonk (London Knights) also scored goals while Colby Barlow (Owen Sound Attack), Cam Allen (Guelph Storm) and Denver Barkey (London Knights) all chipped in with assists.

Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires) and hometown product Chris Barlas (Ottawa 67’s) both had assists for Team White in the loss as they played to a 1-2 mark in the round robin.

Mason Vaccari (Kingston Frontenacs) was the winner in goal, making 20 saves opposite Team White’s Nathaniel Day (Flint Firebirds) who made 23.

The preliminary round is concluded, setting the stage for semi-final matchups on Tuesday as Canada Red faces Canada White at 2:30pm followed by Canada Black taking on the National Women’s Team at 7:00pm.

GAME SUMMARY

DAY 3 RECAP – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH:

CANADA BLACK 4, NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM 1
Nick Lardis (Peterborough Petes) opened the scoring for Team Black just 33 seconds into the first period as they’d go on to outshoot Canada’s National Women’s Team 56-15 in a 4-1 victory.

Lardis recorded a goal and an assist on the night and was joined by Alex Pharand (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Oliver Bonk (London Knights) with helpers.

Joseph Costanzo (Niagara IceDogs) carried a shutout into the final five minutes of action before Brianne Jenner put the National Women’s Team on the board with 3:04 remaining. Costanzo would stop 14 of 15 for the win.

GAME SUMMARY

CANADA RED 4, CANADA WHITE 2
Canada Red went 3-for-8 on the power play to defeat Canada White 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. Brayden Yager (Moose Jaw Warriors) had a goal and an assist while Etienne Morin (Moncton Wildcats) chipped in with a pair of helpers.

GAME SUMMARY

DAY 2 RECAP – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH:

TEAM RED 7, NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM 0
Carson Rehkopf (Kitchener Rangers) and Easton Cowan (London Knights) both had a goal and an assist as Team Red blanked the Canadian National Women’s Team by a score of 7-0.

The win was a bounce-back effort for Team Red following a 7-2 loss to Team Black on Friday night. Blueliners Olivier Savard (Saginaw Spirit) and Quinton Burns (Kingston Frontenacs) both picked up assists as Team Red outshot their opponents 43-22.

GAME SUMMARY

DAY 1 RECAP – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH:

TEAM BLACK 7, TEAM RED 2
Second and third overall 2021 OHL Priority Selection choices Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals) and Cam Allen (Guelph Storm) had two points apiece as Team Black skated to a 7-2 win.

Ritchie had a goal and a helper while Allen picked up two assists. Owen Sound Attack forward Colby Barlow found the back of the net while London Knights teammates Denver Barkey and Oliver Bonk, as well as Hamilton Bulldogs forward Alex Pharand each had assists.

Ottawa 67’s forward Luca Pinelli was one of the bright spots for Team Red, scoring a goal in the loss.

Kingston Frontenacs commit Mason Vaccari earned the win in goal, making 28 saves.

TEAM WHITE 7, NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM 3
Luke McNamara (Saginaw Spirit) found the back of the net with 1:23 remaining in regulation while Luke Misa (Mississauga Steelheads), Ethan Miedema (Windsor Spitfires) and Matthew Soto (Kingston Frontenacs) each picked up an assist in a 7-3 win over the Canadian National Women’s Team. Nathaniel Day (Flint Firebirds) stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced for the win.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for the National Women’s Team while Natalie Spooner struck on the power play.

Team White took the shooting column 48-19 and went 2-for-3 on the power play.

GAME SUMMARY

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