Round 2 of the Memorial eCup presented by Kia wrapped up on a high note for one of three OHL clubs Thursday night as the Erie Otters became the final team to secure their slot in the tournament’s Sweet 16. Thursday’s four-game lineup saw the Flint Firebirds, Ottawa 67’s and Otters in action.
OHL commentators Reed Duthie (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Branden Scott (Sudbury Wolves) provided the call on Tuesday on broadcasts that aired live on League and member team Twitch and Facebook accounts.
Here’s how the OHL fared on Thursday night:
LETHBRIDGE 4, FLINT 0
The Flint Firebirds’ eCup journey was halted Thursday night as Justin Hall and the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes blanked Riley Piercey by a score of 4-0. Following a scoreless first period, the Hurricanes ramped up the offence early in the second and Oliver Okuliar found the back of the net 3:48 into the second to put his team on the board. The Firebirds tried to up the tempo as the middle frame drew to a close, but it didn’t take long for Lethbridge to up their lead as Hall potted one with himself to round out the period 2-0. The Hurricanes carried their momentum into the final frame with a third goal from Noah Boyko five minutes in and, ultimately, a fourth one from Logan Barlage as the final seconds ran down on the clock. Lethbridge will advance to the Sweet 16 where they’ll square off with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs.
ERIE 6, OTTAWA 2
Led by a pair each from Chad Yetman and Austen Swankler, Brendan Hoffmann and the Erie Otters became the final team to stamp their ticket to the third round following a 6-2 toppling of Cameron Tolnai and the Ottawa 67’s. Hoffmann, dressed head to toe in Santa gear once again, took an early lead as Yetman opened the scoring shorthanded 14:56 into the game. He was followed up by Mathew MacDougall who’d put the Otters up 2-0 by the end of the first. Jack Quinn notched the middle frame’s only goal to cut the Otters’ lead in half in what appeared to be an evenly matched contest, but Erie turned on the jets with a four-goal third period kickstarted by another shorty off the stick of Hayden Fowler. Swankler followed that one up with another to make it 4-1 and Yetman was right behind him with a fifth marker for Erie. Dylan Robinson managed to get one back for the 67’s, but Swankler struck again with Erie’s sixth and final goal for a final 6-2 defeat of the Barber Poles. The stage is set for the Hoffmann and his famous Santa suit to battle the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings in the upcoming third round of the tournament.
For coverage of the Memorial eCup Presented by Kia, visit CHL.ca and be sure to follow the Ontario Hockey League on Twitch and Facebook. The action continues on Thursday evening with the Kingston Frontenacs, Sudbury Wolves, and Kitchener Rangers all in action.