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Date: Feb 7, 2019
KITCHENER - With no scoring until the third period, Team OMHA White and Team HEO played a little cat and mouse in the Bronze game of the 2017 OHL Gold Cup, Sunday morning. But once the deadlock was broken, the back-and-forth continued until the final buzzer.
Team HEO opened the scoring on a powerplay, as Josh Shimizu got away from coverage and played the pass from Jack Quinn perfectly.
Less than a minute-and-a-half later, OMHA White was on its own powerplay and pressing in the HEO zone. With the puck bouncing, Lucas Peric got a shot away. Cole Brady made the stop, but in attempting to clear the rebound, he sent it right to Connor McMichael who buried, to even the score 1-1.
HEO would retake the lead five minutes later, thanks to another powerplay. Bruce Coltart kept the puck away from a defender and in the zone, spinning while he passed to Joe Carroll who fired high glove side on Brady. The final two goals of the game would also be with special teams on the ice, though on the same penalty.
With just over a minute to go and OMHA White on the penalty kill, Jacob DiDanieli drove the penalty kill unit to the offensive zone and hit a trailing Zachary Uens with a perfect pass, who put it glove side on Luke Cavallin to tie the game 2-2.
But HEO was still on the powerplay and did not back off as the time ticked down. Off the draw, HEO worked the puck to Simon Rose at the point, who sent the shot in on Brady, fooling the goaltender and picking up the win for HEO.
This is the second straight year HEO won the OHL Gold Cup Bronze and the third year they have played in the third place game.