For the second straight year, GTHL Blue are OHL Gold Cup champions after defeating GTHL Red by a score of 5-4 on Sunday at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener, Ont.
The ALLIANCE skated to a bronze medal victory while the HEO and OMHA Black were also winners in the event finale.
The Sarnia Sting had six prospects participate in the annual tournament, which brings together the best players from across the province in an all-star format.
Nicholas Beneteau (ALLIANCE)
GP: 4 | G: 0 | A: 2
Nolan Dann (GTHL Blue)
GP: 4 | G: 1 | A: 1
Ben Gaudreau (NOHA)*
GP: 1 | GAA: 2.76 | SVS: 38 | SV% .927
Chris Innes (NOHA)
GP: 4 | G: 0 | A: 1
Deven Nagra (GTHL Red)
GP: 4 | G: 0 | A: 2
Justin O’Donnell (GTHL Red)
GP: 4 | G: 0 | A: 0
Here’s a closer look at Championship action from Sunday.
GTHL BLUE 5 (4-0-0-0) – GTHL RED 4 (2-2-0-0)
Trailing 4-3 midway through the third period, Braedan Kressler (FLNT) and Pasquale Zito (WSR) scored less than three minutes apart to turn the tables and crown GTHL Blue OHL Gold Cup champions for a second straight year.
The 5-4 victory came in the event’s second consecutive all-GTHL Final as the Red squad thundered out to a 2-0 lead on first period goals from twin brothers Alex and Paul Christopoulos (NB).
Marc Boudreau (SSM) opened up the second period with a highlight reel goal from his knees to put GTHL Red in the driver’s seat 3-0 before GTHL Blue rallied for three goals in seven minutes, coming off the sticks of Oliver Smith (BAR), Tucker Robertson (PBO) and Aidan Shepard (NB).
Brandt Clarke (BAR) reinstated the GTHL Red lead, making the score 4-3 with 5:10 to go in the second before GTHL Blue mounted its comeback to capture the OHL Gold Cup title in the third.
Justin Wu (KIT) earned the win with a 21-save performance in goal opposed GTHL Red’s Josh Rosenzweig (NIAG) who turned aside 23.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
GTHL Blue: Oliver Smith (BAR) – 1G, 1A
GTHL Red: Paul Christopoulos (NB) – 1G
For full coverage of the 2019 OHL Gold Cup, click here.