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Jr. Canadiens, Marlboros, Nats and Kings secure OHL Cup berths

 

The first four spots at the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour have been spoken for.

The GTHL Playoffs are down to the final four following a 3-2 Vaughan Kings Game 5 victory over the Toronto Titans on Tuesday night, pushing the Kings into the annual showcase while the Titans, who recently climbed to the top of the weekly OHL Cup Top-10 Rankings, will try and make their way into the tournament through a wild card process.

Vaughan is squaring off with the Toronto Nationals who come off a 6-0 (pts.) series triumph over the Mississauga Reps.

The other GTHL Semi-Final series sees the Toronto Jr. Canadiens squaring off against the Toronto Marlboros, with JRC coming off a 5-1 win on Monday.

The Jr. Canadiens eliminated the Markham Majors in three straight first round matchups while the Marlboros are coming off a 6-2 (pts.) elimination of the Mississauga Senators.

Here’s a closer look at the first four teams to guarantee themselves spots at the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour:

 

Toronto Jr. Canadiens (Regular season: 28-3-2, 1st GTHL)

Week 12 OHL Cup Ranking: 1st

Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2018 (6-0-1, Champions – defeated Vaughan Kings 5-1)

Players to Watch: Ty Nelson (D), Pano Fimis (C), Aidan Castle (LW)

Notable Alum: Ryan Merkley (London Knights), Daniil Chayka (Guelph Storm), Cody Morgan (Flint Firebirds)

Toronto Marlboros (Regular season: 19-7-7, T-3rd GTHL)

Week 12 OHL Cup Ranking: 6th

Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2019 (4-1-0, lost in quarter-final to Mississauga Rebels)

Players to Watch: Paul Ludwinski (LW), Matthew Jovanovic (D), Lorenzo Bonaiuto (LW)

Notable Alum: Akil Thomas (Peterborough Petes), Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals), Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)

Toronto Nationals (Regular season: 21-8-4, 2nd GTHL)

Week 12 OHL Cup Ranking: 3rd

Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2019 (2-2-0, 3rd Subban Division)

Players to Watch: Zakary Lavoie (C), Shawn Ramsey (D), Kyle Downey (G)

Notable Alum: Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds), Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion), Robert Calisti (Soo Greyhounds)

Vaughan Kings (Regular season: 16-10-7, 6th GTHL)

Week 12 OHL Cup Ranking: 7th

Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2018 (5-1-1, Lost Championship to Toronto Jr. Canadiens 5-1)

Players to Watch: Dominic DiVincentiis (G), Nicholas Messina (F), Ben Armstrong (F)

Notable Alum: Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads), Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit), Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)

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