2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Quarter-Final Preview
Saturday’s Quarter-Final matchups are set as eight teams remain in the quest for 2018 OHL Cup supremacy. The action begins at 10:00am.
Here’s a quick look at the Quarter-Final matchups:
Scotiabank Pond 1
Barrie Colts (3-0-1, 2nd Subban Division) vs. Toronto Marlboros (4-0-0, 1st Nash Division) – 10:30am
The GTHL champion Toronto Marlboros enter action undefeated at the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour having scored at least five goals in each of their four games.
The OMHA’s fourth-place Barrie Colts have played great hockey this week, winning three games while the Toronto Jr. Canadiens 2-2 in their showcase-opener.
Both teams feature a star tied for the tournament scoring lead as Toronto’s Will Cuylle (6-3–9) and Barrie’s Tyson Foerster (5-4–9) lead the pack with nine points each.
Oakville Rangers (2-1-1, 2nd Lindros Division) vs. York-Simcoe Express (4-0-0, 1st Shanahan Division) – 12:15pm
The OMHA champion York-Simcoe Express have hit their stride this week in Toronto, rolling to a 4-0 start as they prepare to face the Oakville Rangers, a team that went undefeated during regular season play in the SCTA this year.
The two opponents last met on March 3rd in Aurora, Ont. at the OMHA Championships as the Express took a narrow 3-2 victory.
The Rangers look to settle that score after clinching a quarter-final berth with a 5-2 win over the London Jr. Knights on Friday.
York-Simcoe forward Evan Vierling has been among the most productive players in the showcase thus far, registering four goals, four assists and eight points over four games.
On the Oakville side, dynamic blueliner Zack Terry has been effective with five points (2-3–5) over four games.
Scotiabank Pond 2
Sun County Panthers (2-2-0, 2nd Nash Division) vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (3-0-1, 1st Subban Division) – 10:00am
The Cinderella story thus far, the Wild Card entry Sun County Panthers make their return to the quarter-final round of the OHL Cup for the first time since 2003.
Panthers forward John Ulicny (3-2–5) has established himself as a clutch performer, scoring an overtime winner against the Cambridge Hawks on Wednesday before stepping up for a late game winner against the Guelph Gryphons on Friday.
The Panthers will have their hands full against the Toronto Jr. Canadiens who have turned to a balanced scoring attack led by forwards Frankie Carogioiello (2-6–8) and Dylan Robinson (3-4–7).
The Jr. Canadiens have limited opponents to just four goals in as many games as netminders Sami Molu and Christopher Adolphe have been good when called upon.
Mississauga Reps (3-1-0, 2nd Shanahan Division) vs. Vaughan Kings (3-0-1, 1st Lindros Division) – 11:45am
Certainly a matchup to look forward to, the Mississauga Reps take on the Vaughan Kings for a chance to advance to the OHL Cup semi-final.
Two evenly matched teams, the Reps and Kings played three times during the regular season, battling to 2-2 ties in all three encounters.
The defending OHL Cup champion Reps have been led in scoring by blueliner Michael Renwick who leads all tournament defenders with eight points (1-7–8). Forwards Aidan Hughes and Devlin O’Brien share the team goal-scoring lead with three apiece.
The fast-paced Kings counter with the big line of Cole Perfetti, Ty Tullio and Eric Russell while netminder Marco Constantini is among the tournament leaders with a 1.46 goals-against average and .942 save percentage over four starts.
Tullio leads the club in scoring with seven points (4-3–7) and also leads the tournament with 22 shots on goal.
The winners of Saturday morning’s Quarter-Final matchups will advance to Saturday night’s OHL Cup Semi-Final.
OHL Cup Semi-Finals (Scotiabank Pond 1):
6:00 pm Semi-Final 1 – Winner Quarter-Final 2 vs. Winner Quarter-Final 1
8:00 pm Semi-Final 2 – Winner Quarter-Final 4 vs. Winner Quarter-Final 3