Hockey / CLARKE SCORES GAME WINNER, DUGAS MAKES 22 SAVES TO SEND GTHL RED TO FINAL

CLARKE SCORES GAME WINNER, DUGAS MAKES 22 SAVES TO SEND GTHL RED TO FINAL

Date:  Source: OHL Gold Cup

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LEE BOYADJIAN

KITCHENER – Team GTHL Red scored three times in the first and Ryan Dugas made 22 saves, as Team GTHL Red earned a spot in the final of the 2017 OHL Gold Cup.

Scoring started early in the first. Nicholas Wong came out of the corner and fired high on Ethan Taylor, beating the OMHA White goaltender for a 1-0 GTHL Red lead. A few minutes later, Jamieson Rees crossed the OMHA White blue line and riffled one in on Taylor, fooling the goaltender and increasing the lead.

GTHL Red closed out their scoring in the first with the goal from Clarke, which came off a failed clearing attempt by OMHA White. Clarke carried the puck to the high slot and took a wrist shot which sailed high over Taylor’s glove. OMHA White called a time out and switched Taylor for Cole Brady.

OMHA White added another goal in the second and took a 4-0 lead into the third.

In the final frame, OMHA White capitalized on an extended five-on-three powerplay, twice, with a double minor called on GTHL Red. The first powerplay goal was scored by Lucas Peric off a seeing-eye pointshot. The next came less than a minute later with Zac McMahon, Ty Kartye, and Ian Martin working the puck around the perimeter until Karyte went cross-crease to Martin to cut the lead 4-2.

That would be all the OMHA White could manage as Dugas stopped the rest of the shots he faced in the frame, and the GTHL Red booked a spot in the final.

The complete schedule is now set for the final day of the 2017 OHL Gold Cup. Team NOHA and Team HNO meet in the Consolation Bronze at 8 a.m. Team Alliance and Team GTHL Blue are playing in the Consolation Gold, also at 8 a.m. The Bronze game starts at 10:15 a.m between Team OMHA White and Team HEO. And the Gold will be played out between Team GTHL Red and Team OMHA Black with puck drop at 12:30 p.m.

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