KITCHENER, ON – The Sarnia Sting saw 8 members of the 2017 draft class participate in the OHL Gold Cup this past weekend at the Activia Sportsplex in Kitchener. Part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, the tournament serves as an early assessment of eligible skaters for the upcoming World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Aside from individual accomplishments, Sting prospects skated away with some hardware at the end of the four-day tournament. Sting first rounder, Jamieson Rees and fifth rounder, Ashton Reesor captured Gold with Team GTHL Red; defeating fellow prospects Brayden Guy, Colton Kammerer and Ethan Langevin (Team OMHA Black) in the finals by a score of 3-1.
Sting second round pick, Alexandre Hogue and Team HEO took home the bronze medal; downing Team OMHA White by a score of 3-2 in the consolation contest on Sunday.
Jamieson Rees and Alexandre Hogue finished in a tie for third in tournament scoring with 7 points in 5 games each.
Rees, who finished the weekend with 4 goals and 3 assists, scored his second game-wining goal of the tournament in the final game. He found the back of the net in 4 of 5 contests and registered at least one point in each game.
Hogue was equally impressive for Team HEO, finishing the tournament with the most points by a defenceman and the most assists among all skaters (6).
Sting third round pick, Justin McCombs had a strong tournament as well; scoring 4 goals in 5 contests for Team Alliance. The Kitchener-native opened the tournament with a hat-trick against Team NOHA on Thursday and added another marker on Saturday against Team HNO. He and Rees finished in a tie for 2nd in goals.
Third round pick, Brayden Guy finished the weekend with a goal and 2 assists while teammate Colton Kammerer picked up a single assist from the Team OMHA Black back-end.
Sixth round pick Ethan Langevin was arguably the best goaltender over the weekend; making a tournament-high 108 saves in four games. He led all netminders with a 0.939 Save Percentage while posting an impressive 1.91 Goals Against Average.
Eighth round pick, Cole Craft was held pointless in 5 contests for Team NOHA despite solid play over the course of the weekend.