The 2017 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League, is down to two teams as the GTHL’s Mississauga Reps and Toronto Nationals emerged victorious following this morning’s Quarter-Finals and this evening’s Semi-Final contests.
The minor midget Reps (5-0-1) advance to the OHL Cup Final for the first time in team history after upsetting the top ranked ALLIANCE champion London Jr. Knights (5-1-0) by a 3-1 score in Saturday night’s first Semi-Final. The Wild Card entry strung together three wins and a tie to lead the Shanahan Division through round-robin play before opening the playoff round with a 5-1 Quarter-Final win over the Toronto Jr. Canadiens (2-2-1).
The Toronto Nationals (5-1-0) played two one-goal games on Saturday including a 2-1 victory over the OMHA champion Whitby Wildcats (2-1-2) in the morning Quarter-Final, then hung on in another 2-1 thriller to beat the Vaughan Kings (3-1-2) in Saturday night’s second Semi-Final. The Nats also qualified for round-robin play by winning a Wild Card Play-In game before finishing second in the Nash Division.
Monday’s Championship Final marks the first time in OHL Cup history where two Wild Card entries will compete for the title. The 2010 Mississauga Rebels are currently the only Wild Card team to ever capture an OHL Cup championship.
Here’s a quick look at Saturday’s Quarter-Final and Semi-Final action:
2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Quarter-Final Results:
Saturday March 18, 2017:
Quarter-Final #2: Mississauga Reps 5 vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens 1
Reps MVP: Zachery Wright
Jr. Canadiens MVP: Brodie McDougall (1A)
Recap – Stats
Quarter-Final #3: Vaughan Kings 2 vs. Mississauga Rebels 1
Kings MVP: Christian Sbaraglia (36 SV)
Rebels MVP: Michael Vukojevic
Recap – Stats
2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Semi-Final Results:
All tournament games feature live scoring complete with the OHL’s Game Centre module that includes individual shots on goal and face-off results.
The Reps’ Mike Petizian is now the tournament’s scoring leader with 11 points including four goals and seven assists in six games ahead of teammate Jamieson Rees who has five goals and four assists for nine points in six games. Leaders.
2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Championship Final:
Monday March 20, 2017
Mattamy Athletic Centre
6:30 pm Championship Final – Toronto Nationals vs. Mississauga Reps
Monday’s Championship Final will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Ontario.
The showcase provides fans and scouts one last opportunity to see many of the top minor midget aged players from across Ontario and parts of the United States compete for the OHL Cup performing against the best competition prior to the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.
For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.