The Mississauga Senators have booked their ticket to the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Championship Final, rallying from an early 2-0 deficit with five unanswered goals in front of a big crowd at Scotiabank Pond.
Anthony Giacalone (5) and Carson Hall (3) scored in the opening 10 minutes of the first period to put the Majors up 2-0, but that’s all of the offence Markham could come up with.
A Gabriel Frasca (3) tip of an Owen van de Ven point shot started the comeback for Mississauga as Caden Kelly (4), Michael Misa (7) and William Moore (7) would score second period markers, putting the Sens up 4-2. Malcolm Spence (5) added a third period goal to put things out of reach, with Misa collecting his second assist of the night to give him a tournament-leading 15 points (7-8–15).
Bode Stewart also picked up two assists for Mississauga, and said the team remained confident throughout the game.
“We had no doubt we were going to come back,” said Stewart. “We worked really hard, had some big goals, and used those goals to fuel us the the rest of the game.”
“It means everything to our team,” Stewart continued. “We are really excited and we are going to come ready to play.”
Markham left it all on the ice, outshooting the Sens 11-3 in the third period as Mississauga netminder Evan Maillet stood tall, turning in a 24-save performance.
The Senators advance to play the winner of a Semi-Final matchup between the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and Quinte Red Devils Monday night at 7:00pm, downtown at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens.
The Markham Majors finish with a record of 5-1, with defenceman Zayne Parekh (3-5-8) leading the team with eight points. Goaltender Jacob Gibbons had a strong tournament, going 3-1 with a 1.54 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and two shutouts.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Mississauga – William Moore (F) – 1G
Markham – Carson Hall (F) – 1G
Fans interested in attending Monday’s Championship Final are able to do so free of charge. Per Ryerson University’s current Covid-19 protocols, please be prepared to show proof of vaccination and abide by the University’s masking protocols while inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Visit ryerson.ca/covid-19 for full details