Every team strives to win their last game and the Don Mills Flyers did just that, defeating the ALLIANCE champion Brantford 99ers 6-4 as Zach Brauer (1) netted the third period game winner.
Nicholas Palazzo was a difference maker for Don Mills, stopping 35 of the 39 shots he faced as the Flyers won despite being outshot 39-25.
The chippy game included a combined 14 power plays as Don Mills went 2-for-8 to Brantford’s 1-for-6 performance.
Josh Currie (1), Owen Saye (3), Daniel Ruocco (1), Chris Colavecchia (1) and William Portokalis (3) provided other goals for Don Mills while Matthew Perciballi picked up two assists.
Ellis Rickwood (3) was a bright spot for the 99ers, recording a goal and three assists as his club ended the 2018 OHL Cup with a 1-3-0 record. Todd Gratton (1), Maddox Callens (1) and Richie Albert (1) also lit the lamp for Brantford.
Rickwood led the 99ers in round robin scoring, registering seven points (3-4–7) in four games.
The Wild Card entry Flyers finished at 1-2-1 and were paced by the trio of Portokalis (3-1–4), Saye (3-1–4) and Perciballi (0-4–4).
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Don Mills – Zach Brauer (1G, +1)
Brantford – Todd Gratton (1G, +2, 2 SOG)
Daniel Ruocco scores the third goal of the night for Don Mills.
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