Riley Damiani and Team GTHL Blue are the 2016 OHL Gold Cup champions after a convincing 6-1 win over Eric Guest and Team ALLIANCE on Sunday afternoon.
Eight players drafted by the Rangers in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection last month participated in the 2016 OHL Gold Cup from Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8 at Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener.
The Rangers contingent of prospects and their respective rosters for the tournament were as follows:
Ian Vucko (RW) – OMHA Team Black
Lucas Pfeil (G) – OMHA Team White
Eric Guest (C) – Team ALLIANCE
Riley Damiani (C) – Team GTHL Blue
Giovanni Vallati (D) – Team GTHL Red
Merrick Rippon (D) – Team HEO Maroon
Jack York (D)
Liam Peyton (LW)
FINAL DAY RESULTS – Sunday, May 8, 2016
Team NOHA 5; Team HNO 0 (8am)
NOHA took a 1-0 lead with 1:44 to play in the opening period, then added three more goals in the second – two on the power play – to take a 4-0 lead, before adding one more in the third.
NOHA were 2-for-7 with the man advantage, while NHO was 0-for-7.
Team OMHA Black 3; Team OMHA White 1 (10:15am)
In a penalty-filled affair, OMHA Black broke open a 1-1 tie with 2:21 remaining in the second period and added an insurance goal on the power play at 16:50 of the third to secure a 3-1 victory.
OMHA Black was 1-for-10 on the power play, while OMHA White was 0-for-9 with the man advantage.
Lucas Pfeil backed up Jacob Ingham who took the loss for OMHA White, allowing three goals on 37 shots.
Team HEO 2; Team GTHL Red 1 SO (12:30pm)
Liam Peyton scored the game clinching goal in the shootout to give Team HEO a 2-1 win over GTHL Red.
After a scoreless first period, GTHL Red took a 1-0 lead at the 15:52 mark of the second period. They looked poised to maintain their 1-0 lead through the end of regulation, but with the goalie pulled in favour of an extra attacker HEO tied the game with just 12 seconds left in the third period.
After a scoreless overtime, Peyton was one of two HEO skaters to score in the shootout. HEO was 0-for-3 on the power play, while GTHL Red was 0-for-4.
Team GTHL Blue 6; Team ALLIANCE 1 (2:45pm)
GTHL Blue’s power play was potent, scoring four times with the man advantage to secure a 6-1 victory and claim the 2016 OHL Gold Cup.
GTHL Blue took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission but ALLIANCE would make it a one goal game, 2-1, with a shorthanded goal just over two minutes into the second period.
Two goals were scored by GTHL Blue in each period en route to the win, including their fifth goal into an empty net. Riley Damiani assisted on the first and third goals by GTHL Blue.
DAY THREE RESULTS – Saturday, May 7, 2016
Team OMHA White 6; Team NOHA 3 (10am)
NOHA led OMHA White twice in the game (1-0 and 2-1), but the OMHA White attack was too much to stave off as they rallied for a 6-3 win.
OMHA White scored three times in the second and twice in the third, and held the NOHA power play to just one goal on 10 attempts.
Team OMHA Black 4; Team HNO 0 (12:15pm)
OMHA Black scored once in each of the first two periods, then added a pair in the final frame to solidify a 4-0 shutout victory over HNO.
While OMHA Black’s power play struggled going 0-for-7, they took command of the shot clock outshooting their opponents 53-20.
Team GTHL Blue 5; Team GTHL Red 4 SO (3pm)
For the second straight game GTHL Red fell in a shootout, this time by a 5-4 score to their GTHL counterparts, GTHL Blue.
Allan McShane scored all four goals for GTHL Red, who led 1-0 but then surrendered the following three goals all in the opening period of play.
In the second period GTHL Red pushed back, scoring three straight goals of their own to take a 4-3 lead, but a power play goal by Tyler Tucker evened the game at 4-4 with just over five minutes to play in the middle frame, which is how the game would end at the end of regulation.
Giovanni Vallati picked up an assist on the game’s opening goal for GTHL Red.
Team ALLIANCE 5; Team HEO 2 (5:15pm)
ALLIANCE remained undefeated in tournament play by way of a 5-2 win over HEO.
HEO took a 2-0 first period lead, but ALLIANCE would cut the lead to 2-1 with just 13 seconds remaining in the second period, and tied the game just under six minutes into the third period.
Merrick Rippon had a goal and an assist for HEO, while Liam Peyton chipped in with an assist. Eric Guest registered an empty net goal to make it 4-2 for ALLIANCE with just 1:04 to play.
DAY TWO RESULTS – Friday, May 6, 2016
Team GTHL Blue 4; Team HNO 1 (9am)
Team GTHL Blue had no problem picking up their second win of the 2016 OHL Gold Cup, taking a 4-0 lead deep into the third period on the way to a 4-1 win over Team HNO.
Riley Damiani and his GTHL Blue teammates were in full control throughout the game, outshooting HNO 17-5 after one, 35-9 after two, and 55-22 after regulation. GTHL Blue and HNO were 0-for-5 and 0-for-4 on the power play, respectively.
Team GTHL Red 5; Team OMHA Black 1 (11:15am)
Giovanni Vallati potted an assist as GTHL Red downed Ian Vucko and OMHA Black 5-1 to improve to 2-0 in tournament play.
Powerplays were a plenty, as GTHL Red went 1-for-8, while OMHA Black went 0-for-8.
Team ALLIANCE 5; Team NOHA 1 (1:30pm)
After a scoreless first period, Team ALLIANCE scored four straight goals before securing a 5-1 win over Team NOHA.
Eric Guest picked up the first assist on ALLIANCE’s final goal of the game, which saw them improve to 2-0 on the tournament while only allowing one goal through the first two games.
Shots were 43-31 in favour of ALLIANCE. Eric Guest named Player of the Game.
Team OMHA White 9; Team NHO 3 (3:45pm)
OMHA White scored three times in each the first, second and third periods en route to a convincing 9-3 victory over NHO.
Up 3-1 after one period, OMHA White added three straight goals to start the second period to jump ahead to a 6-1 lead and were never threatened.
OMHA White utilized special teams to help them earn their first win of the weekend, blanking NHO in all six of their attempts with the man advantage.
Lucas Pfeil collected the win in goal, stopping 23 of 26 shots he faced.
Team GTHL Blue 4; Team HEO 2 (6pm)
GTHL Blue fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits and used a pair of power play goals in the third period to earn a 4-2 win over HEO.
GTHL Blue, who saw their weekend record improve to 3-0, outshot HEO 46-33.
Team ALLIANCE 6; Team GTHL Red 5 SO (8:15pm)
ALLIANCE improved to 3-0 in tournament play, but it wasn’t without a huge test from GTHL Red.
ALLIANCE held leads of 1-0, 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4 but GTHL Red clawed their way back into the game all evening, eventually sending the game to a shootout.
Giovanni Vallati had three assists in the win for GTHL Red, while Eric Guest scored one of two goals for ALLIANCE in the shootout to help solidify their victory.
GTHL Red would finish 2-for-8 on the powerplay, while ALLIANCE was 1-for-6. Final shots were 52-42 in favour of GTHL Red.
DAY ONE RESULTS – Thursday, May 5, 2016
Team OMHA Black 7; Team NOHA 1 (9am)
Ian Vucko and Team OMHA Black jumped out to a 6-0 lead en route to a convincing 7-1 win over Team NOHA in the opening game of the 2016 OHL Gold Cup.
Vucko would score the eventual game winner with one of four first period goals by Team OMHA Black, and was also named the player of the game.
OMHA finished the game going 3-for-7 on the power play with one shorthanded goal.
Team GTHL Blue 5; Team OMHA White 4 (11:15am)
After Team GTHL Blue took a 4-0 lead just over a minute into the second period, Team OMHA White responded with three straight goals of their own – including one on a penalty shot – to lessen the gap to 4-3.
The teams would exchange power play goals, but it was Damiani and GTHL Blue who would ultimately hold on for the 5-4 win over Pfeil and OMHA White.
OMHA White was 1-for-8 on the man advantage, while GTHL Blue was 2-for4.
Team HEO 1; Team HNO 0 (1:30pm)
Team HEO’s first and only goal of the game at the 13:19 mark of the first period proved to be all they’d need as they shut out Team HNO 1-0.
Kai Edmonds was flawless in goal in the win, making 18 saves. Team HEO was held scoreless in three opportunities with the man advantage, but HNO was stymied over eight power plays.
Team GTHL Red 3; Team NOHA 2 (3:45pm)
Team NOHA tightened a 3-0 gap to 3-2 with just 3:20 to play in the third period but couldn’t complete the comeback, as Team GTHL Red held on to earn their first win of the tournament.
There were three power play goals scored in the game, as NOHA went 1-for-5 while GTHL Red was 2-for-4.
Team ALLIANCE 2; Team OMHA Black 0 (6pm)
Team ALLIANCE rode a two-goal performance from Eric Uba en route to a 2-0 shut out victory over Team OMHA Black.
Eric Guest picked up the lone assist on the game winning goal (and the only assist in the game) in ALLIANCE’s first game of the tournament in what was the second game of the day for Ian Vucko and OMHA Black.
Team HEO 3; Team OMHA White 2 SO (8:15pm)
Team HEO scored twice in the shootout to earn their second win of the tournament, a 3-2 victory over Team OMHA White.
After a scoreless first two periods of play, Liam Peyton gave HEO a 1-0 lead at 8:41 of the third period. Just under four minutes later HEO took a 2-0 lead, but Aidan Dudas scored a pair of goals for OMHA White at 14:57 and 19:33 (empty net goal) to send the game to extra time.
Lucas Pfeil dressed as a back-up to starter Jacob Ingham for OMHA White, who outshot HEO 52-33.