The Toronto Jr. Canadiens were locked in right from the get-go on Saturday, scoring twice in the opening three minutes of action en route to a 5-1 win over the Quinte Red Devils, advancing to Saturday’s OHL Cup Championship Final with a 6-0 record.
Antonio Tersigni (4) put JRC up 1:33 into action before Michael Hage (6, 7) followed-up with his first of two on the night. Brody Partridge drew Quinte within one before the first expired.
The Jr. Canadiens tacked on three in the third, with Porter Martone (6) lighting the lamp 2:45 into the fresh frame, Ryan Koss netting his first of the showcase less than two minutes later and Hage hitting the empty net shorthanded to seal the deal.
“We just stuck to our game plan,” said Martone. “We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy road to the finals but we played each game like it’s our last, and ultimately we know that team success will lead to individual success.”
“It means everything,” he added. “I’ve been looking up to this event since I was a little kid, watching the game on television, it should be a great experience and I can’t wait.”
JRC outshot Quinte 29-22 as both teams went 0-for-5 on the power play.
The Jr. Canadiens will play the Mississauga Senators for the sixth time this season in the OHL Cup Championship Final on Monday night at 7:00 pm. The game will be aired live on CHL TV and broadcast across the province on the OHL Action Pak.
Quinte finishes the OHL Cup with a record of 3-2-1, with Brody Partridge (1-4-5) leading the team with five points in the tournament. Beckett Ewart led the team with three goals.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Jr. Canadiens – Porter Martone (F) – 1G
Quinte – Mike McIvor (G) – 24 SV
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