Donnelly delivers in OT as Rangers stop Hurricanes


The Halton Hurricanes’ undefeated run at the 2019 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour came to an end on Friday morning.

Braeden Donnelly took a Vlad Dvurechenski feed down low before curling out into the slot and snapping a shot past a screened Matteo Drobac 7:52 into overtime as the North York Rangers were victorious in their final game together.

The 1-3-0 Rangers ended things on a high note, handing Halton its first loss as Patrick Saini (3) and Kevin Liu (1) also scored goals.

“It’s a shot I’ve worked on for a long time,” said Donnelly with a smile. “I got a nice pass from Vlad, saw that the goalie was screened and just hit my spot. It’s a goal I’ll never forget.”

The North York win was backed by a 28-save effort from Player of the Game Ryan Mendlessohn, who also turned aside Hurricanes defenceman Calum Chau on a third period penalty shot.

Hurricanes captain and recently named OMHA SCTA Player of the Year Lawson Sherk (3, 4) provided both goals for his club while Joseph Meleca picked up a pair of assists.

North York’s showcase comes to an end as the Rangers were led in scoring by Patrick Saini (3-1–4) who also led the team with 22 shots on goal.

Halton wraps up the round robin at 3-1-0,┬ásecuring a spot in Saturday’s quarter-final.

North York – Ryan Mendlessohn (G) – 28 SV
Halton – Lawson Sherk (F) – 2G


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