The Quinte Red Devils are headed to the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour quarter-final after a 2-1 win over the London Jr. Knights to wrap up their round robin schedule.
Quinte improved to 3-1 as Ben White (3) and Daniel Michaud (5) scored early second period goals less than a minute apart while Alex Lucas stopped 18 of 19 shots.
“We’ve gradually gotten better this year,” said White, who wears the ‘C’ for the OMHA’s fourth-place Red Devils. “This is a really special opportunity for us, because in the five-or-so years that most of us have been together, we haven’t been able to win many big championships.
“This is the kind of opportunity you want to make the most of and we’re all really excited.”
The Jr. Knights made a game of things late as big winger William German (1) connected with Matthew Dixon on the power play, drawing London within one with four minutes to spare.
The Red Devils would go on to lock down their third win, outshooting London 28-19.
The wild card entry Jr. Knights wrap things up with a 1-3 record, earning their lone win over the Waterloo Wolves on Wednesday. Cole Watson (2-2–4) led London in scoring.
The Red Devils will face the Toronto Red Wings quarter-final action on Saturday at 11:45am. Quinte last reached the playoff round in 2016, falling in overtime of the quarter-final against the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Quinte – Daniel Michaud (F) – 1G
London – William German (F) – 1G