The York-Simcoe Express cut it tight on on Thursday afternoon, recovering to defeat TPH Hockey 4-3 on a pair of late goals become the first 3-0-0 team at the showcase.
Down 3-2, Evan Vierling won an offensive zone draw back to Cameron Butler (2, 3) who put his second of the game through the legs of TPH netminder Gus Bylin with 2:12 remaining.
Vierling (2) got involved again less than a minute later, busting down the wing to beat a defender before chipping a quick shot past Bylin for the game winner at 13:16.
“I knew I needed to step up there,” he said. “It was a bit of a funny game and they challenged us. We had some big saves from (Alexander) Imperio to keep us in it until we got things together.”
Imperio provided a penalty shot denial of TPH’s Josh Rule with 2:31 remaining in the third period, setting the stage for a York-Simcoe comeback.
Quinton Byfield (3) also scored for the Express while Vierling finished with two goals and an assist and Gino Colangelo had two helpers.
TPH falls to 0-3-0 as Noah Marino (1), Anthony Dimitrievski (1) and Ethan Janda (1) provided goals in the one-goal loss while Bylin made 28 saves.
York-Simcoe (3-0-0) looks to cap off a perfect round robin performance when they hit the ice on Friday at 8:00am against the Mississauga Senators (1-0-0). TPH (0-3-0) closes out their tournament on Friday at 12:00pm against the Mississauga Rebels (0-2-0).
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
York-Simcoe: Evan Vierling (1G, 2A, +2, 7 SOG, 6/11 FO)
TPH: Noah Marino (1G, 1A, 4 SOG)
Evan Vierling scores the game-winner for York-Simcoe.
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