OHL Cup Memories: Vierling comes through in the clutch


Talk about a guy coming up with big goals at the right time.

York-Simcoe Express forward Evan Vierling scored a showcase record four game winning goals at the 2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour, helping his team reach the semi-final before falling 3-1 to the Vaughan Kings.

Playing on a high-powered OMHA champion Express squad alongside other eventual OHL forwards in Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves), Cameron Butler (Niagara IceDogs) and Ty Collins (Mississauga Steelheads), Vierling led the Express in tournament scoring with 10 points (5-5–10) over six games.

The first of Vierling’s two biggest goals of the week came in York-Simcoe’s third contest when he scored with 1:44 remaining to push the Express past TPH Hockey 4-3. He followed that up in Saturday’s quarter-final match with the Oakville Rangers, scoring 3:14 into overtime as York-Simcoe advanced with a 2-1 win over the Oakville Rangers.

Vierling went on to be selected second overall by the Flint Firebirds in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. He’s since joined the Barrie Colts where he’s posted 34 points (12-22–34) over 28 games with his new club this season. The 17-year-old from Aurora, Ont. has a total of 44 points (14-30–44) over 43 games in his draft eligible campaign.

With the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour being cancelled in light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we’re spending the week taking a look back at some of the top OHL Cup performances from years gone by.

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