2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Semi-Final Preview
The 2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Semi-Finals are set after an intense morning of Quarter-Final action at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto.
The Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Toronto Marlboros, Vaughan Kings and York-Simcoe Express emerged with Saturday morning victories to advance to the OHL Cup’s Final Four.
Here’s a look at tonight’s Semi-Final matchups:
SEMI-FINAL #1 – 6:00pm
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (4-0-1) vs. Toronto Marlboros (5-0-0)
Two undefeated GTHL rivals go head-to-head in semi-final action as the Jr. Canadiens and Marlboros square off for a chance to play in Monday’s OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Championship Final at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto.
The Jr. Canadiens cruised past the Sun County Panthers 6-1 on Saturday morning while the Toronto Marlboros narrowly defeated the Barrie Colts 3-2 in quarter-final action.
The GTHL champion Marlies took two of the three regular season meetings between the two clubs while the Jr. Canadians came away as champions of the Marlboros Holiday Classic Tournament back in December.
Marlboros forward Will Cuylle comes off back-to-back hat-tricks and leads tournament scoring with nine goals, three assists and 12 points.
The Jr. Canadiens boast the event’s leading power play corps, going 7-for-20 (35%) over five games as Zayde Wisdom, Michael Bianconi and Aydin Parekh each have two goals on the man advantage.
The Marlies and Jr. Canadiens are tied for the tournament lead in team scoring with 25 goals apiece.
Both clubs return to the OHL Cup Semi-Final after being eliminated in the quarters last year.
The last time these two clubs met in Semi-Final action came in 2016 when Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs) had two goals and three assists in a 6-0 Marlboros victory.
SEMI-FINAL #2 – 8:00pm
Vaughan Kings (4-0-1) vs. York-Simcoe Express (5-0-0)
Both Vaughan and York-Simcoe come off closely-fought quarter-final victories on Friday morning as the Kings defeated the Mississauga Reps and the Express edged the Oakville Rangers in overtime, both by scores of 2-1.
Vaughan reached the OHL Cup Semi-Final last year before falling to the Toronto Nationals by a score of 2-1. This Kings club is led offensively by leading scorers Ty Tullio (4-4–8) and Cole Perfetti (3-4–7) while also featuring a dependable D-corps that includes Ryan O’Rourke (1-1–2), Austin D’Orazio (0-3–3) and Anthony Constantini (1-3–4).
Across the ice, the OMHA champion York-Simcoe Express have kept on rolling through the OHL Cup Showcase, playing to a perfect 5-0-0 record as Evan Vierling scored the overtime winner in Friday morning’s win over Oakville. Vierling leads the club with 10 points (5-5–10) while Cameron Butler (5-2–7) has also lit the lamp five times.
The York-Simcoe Express hoisted the OHL Cup two years ago with a team led by Cameron Hillis (Guelph Storm), Rhys Forhan (North Bay Battalion) and Mathew MacDougall (Windsor Spitfires).
Tonight’s contest will be the first meeting of the year between the two highly skilled clubs.