Toronto, ON – Team NOHA’s comeback attempt against the Vaughan Kings came up just short, falling 3-2 on Wednesday evening.
Team NOHA opened the scoring at the 7:31 mark of the first period courtesy of a Pacey Schlueting power play goal that fooled the glove of the Vaughan netminder.
Vaughan quickly answered with a goal of their own to knot the game up at ones.
The second period saw the Kings score two goals within a minute to go up 3-1.
Team NOHA did not roll over, generating many glorious chances, including a Justin Mauro goal that brought the North within one of the Kings.
Despite some excellent pressure by Team NOHA in the third period, including an opportunity to tie the game on the power play with the net empty, they could not convert.
Owen Kilganon made twenty-five saves in the contest, recording the loss.
Schlueting’s one-goal game was enough to earn him the Player of the Game honours for Team NOHA.
Team NOHA will try to rebound in their next game, which is March 15, 10:15 AM at the Scotiabank Pond (Ice #1) vs. the Oakville Ranger. The Rangers were the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) Bronze Medalists and are currently 0-1-1, playing to a 3-2 loss against the Peterborough Jr. Petes and to a 2-2 tie against the Kings.
The box score of today’s game can be viewed here.
Other Team NOHA players with points in today’s game were Jack Stockfish (one assist), and Jesse Kirkby (one assist).
Shots were 28 to 27 in favour of the Vaughan Kings.
Team NOHA’s power play went 1 for 5, and is sitting at 22.2% in the OHL Cup.
Team NOHA’s penalty kill was spotless going 2 for 2, and is sitting at 100% in the OHL Cup.
Team NOHA won 27 of the 48 faceoffs in the game.
You can follow Team NOHA’s journey at the OHL Cup on Twitter at @NOHAHockey
For more information, please contact NOHA Technical Director, Andrew Corradini at firstname.lastname@example.org.