The Toronto Jr. Canadiens had first period goals from Blair Gendunov, Alexander DiPaolo and Jackson Alexeev before throwing things into cruise control to hang on for a 3-2 win over the Waterloo Wolves.
Goaltender Kieran Molony was a big part of the Jr. Canadiens victory, earning Player of the Game honours as Waterloo pressed in the game’s latter stages.
Darcy Winkler and Mason Hardy scored early third period goals for Waterloo but the Jr. Canadiens regained control to advance to Saturday’s Quarter-Finals on a high note.
“We expected a lot of push back from them, they’re a championship team,” said Toronto coach Dave D’Ammizio. “We had a lot of penalties to kill and our goaltender was great. I was pleased with how we settled down after their two goals to get the two points.”
Waterloo finishes their 2016 OHL Cup schedule with a record of 1-3-0, being led in scoring by Mitchell Hoelscher who had five points (3-2–5) in four games.
The Jr. Canadiens advance to take on the Quinte Red Devils on Saturday.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Toronto – Kieran Molony (G)
Waterloo – Chris Playfair (1A)