Nelson the difference as Red Devils stun Marlies

Pierce Nelson put forth a stand out performance in the crease, leading the heavily outshot Quinte Red Devils past the reigning OHL Cup champion Toronto Marlboros 2-1 in the first major upset of the showcase.

The Red Devils, who gained entry into the 2016 OHL Cup via a Wild Card Play-In victory over the Vaughan Kings on Tuesday, had goals from Matt Sherwin and Nate Boomhower to take a big one over the Marlies, who eliminated Quinte in the quarter-finals of last year’s showcase.

“Our guys played exactly the way we drew it up and they defended very well,” said Red Devils head coach Patrick Shearer, who recently accepted a job as the head coach of the Pickering Panthers Jr. A club for the 2016-17 season. “Our goaltender was the difference today. I thought we did a good job allowing him to see pucks and make saves, but he came up with some big ones for us.”

The Marlies went 1-for-6 on the powerplay with Akil Thomas’ second of the showcase coming seven minutes into the third period. Thomas earned Player of the Game honours for his club for the second time in as many games.

The Red Devils are back in action on Wednesday night against Team NOHA.

Quinte – Pierce Nelson (G)
Toronto – Akil Thomas (1G)


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