Team NOHA Victorious in OHL Cup Opener
Toronto, ON – Goaltender Reece Proulx made 29 saves, posting a shutout as Team NOHA opened the 2018 OHL Cup with a 3-0 win over the London Jr. Knights.
After playing a scoreless first period, Team NOHA finally found the back of the net when a Gavin Brown wrist-shot off the rush beat London’s goaltender up high at the 14:09 mark of the second period.
The third period saw the turning point of the game as Proulx made a remarkable cross-crease save to stymie a London short-handed opportunity. The North extended the lead, courtesy of defenseman Pacey Schlueting, who buried a loose puck past the Knights’ goaltender at the other end.
Defenseman Spenser Dickson added even more insurance, converting on an odd-man rush at the 10:38 mark.
Proulx, after several breakaway stops, was named Player of the Game for Team NOHA.
Team NOHA is undefeated in the last five games at the OHL Cup (two-game winning streak, three ties), continuing the success started by the 2001 age-group last season.
Team NOHA will look to go 2-0 in their next game, tonight at 7:30 PM at the Scotiabank Pond (Ice #1) vs. the Vaughan Kings. The Kings, who were the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) semifinalists, played a 2-2 tie in their OHL Cup opener last night vs. the Oakville Rangers.
The box score of today’s game can be viewed here.
Other Team NOHA players with points in today’s game were David Campbell (two assists), Benjamin Brunette (one assist), and Giordano Biondi (one assist).
Team NOHA outshot the London Jr. Knights 34 to 29.
Team NOHA’s power play went 1 for 4, while the penalty kill was 3 for 3.
Team NOHA won 16 out of 51 faceoffs.
You can follow Team NOHA’s journey at the OHL Cup on Twitter @NOHAHockey.
For more information, please contact NOHA Technical Director, Andrew Corradini at firstname.lastname@example.org.