Three OHL clubs were in action on Day 3 of the inaugural Memorial eCup Presented by Kia with an all-OHL showdown between the Windsor Spitfires and Mississauga Steelheads leading things off. Barrie Colts captain Luke Bignell then took on a special guest celebrity player in Canadian women’s hockey gold medalist Erin Ambrose.
Commentators Reed Duthie (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Branden Scott (Sudbury Wolves) provided the call across League and member team Twitch and Facebook platforms.
The 64-team bracket continued with 4 games on Wednesday. Here’s a glimpse at the day’s OHL action:
Mississauga 3, Windsor 1
The lone OHL vs OHL matchup of the eCup’s opening round saw Mississauga’s Ty Collins take on Windsor Spitfires goaltender Xavier Medina in the first game of the evening. A pair of first period goals for the Steelheads from Nick Canade and Craig Spence gave the Trout a 2-0 lead after the opening frame while outshooting Windsor 8-2. Medina and the Spits started the second period aggressively and gained momentum through the second half of the middle frame, killing off a 5-on-3 penalty. That hard work was rewarded in the first six minutes of the third as Kyle McDonald cut the Trout’s lead in half, but that’s as close as they would come. Kai Edmonds made a series of big saves and Windsor’s Michael Renwick hit the crossbar before Steelheads forward James Hardie sealed the win with an empty-net goal. Collins and the Steelheads advance to the second round to face the Barrie Colts.
Barrie 7, Erin Ambrose 2
Captain Luke Bignell took on Erin Ambrose (one of 4 special guests taking part in the tournament) in the second game of the evening. Ambrose in control of the Rimouski Oceanic piloted the QMJHL squad to one of the most entertaining scoreless 20 minutes of the event with prime scoring chances for both sides. Captain Bignell started the middle frame on the right foot with a goal from Ethan Cardwell before Ambrose responded with a pair to give the Oceanic a 2-1 lead through two periods. Early in the third, down a skater and a goal, Bignell took control of virtual Luke Bignell who tied the game 2-2 shorthanded. Not long after that defenceman Nathan Allensen took the puck from in front of his own net and skated it coast-to-coast before rifling home the go-ahead goal. Bignell turned on the jets from there, adding Cardwell’s second of the night and finishing the game with a pair for Tyson Foerster before the cherry on top from Jacob Frasca to eliminate Ambrose from the Memorial eCup. Bignell and the Colts will take on the Central Division rival Steelheads in Round 2.
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.