Cole Turcotte (1) scored 38 seconds into the first period but that’s all the offence the York-Simcoe Express could come up with as the North Central Predators scored three unanswered in a 3-1 victory.
The Preds got the better of their OMHA ETA opponent for the first time in five tries this season, leaving Ethan Larmand with a smile on his face.
“We’ve had a tough go of things against them this season, but tonight was different,” said Larmand, who recently won gold with Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games. “We had a full lineup tonight and we showed them what we’re capable of.”
Defencemen Benjamin Matts (1), Connor Punnett (1) and Riley Pitt (1) scored second period power play goals while Larmand and Chas Sharpe gathered assists as the Predators outshot the Express 28-18.
Wade Monague turned aside 17 shots for the win as North Central improved to 1-1 while York-Simcoe fell to 0-3.
The Predators continue their round robin schedule on Thursday afternoon against the undefeated Detroit Little Caesars at 1:15pm. York-Simcoe looks for its first win of the 2019 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour on Thursday at 2:15pm against the Windsor Jr. Spitfires.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
North Central – Wade Monague (G) – 17 SV
York-Simcoe – Thomas Sirman (D)