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Date: Apr 26, 2018
KITCHENER - Team GTHL Red fell behind just eight seconds into the championship game of the 2017 OHL Gold Cup, but overcame that deficit to defeat Team OMHA Black 3-1 and claim the title.
Off the opening face-off, Cameron Supryka sent a dump in on GTHL Red goaltender Ryan Dugas. In a miscommunication with his defenceman, Dugas left the puck exposed allowing Matthew Gordon to rush in and knock the loose puck into the GTHL Red net.
GTHL Red pulled even seven minutes later, on a tipped point shot from Thomas Harley. Mason Primeau got a stick on it just infront of Ethan Langevin, knocking it past the goaltender five-hole.
In the second, it was GTHL Red who picked up the early goal, with Lucas Rowe and Jamieson Rees on a two-on-two rush into the OMHA Black zone. Rees snapped the shot low glove side on Langevin, to give GTHL Red the 2-1 lead. Both teams played a little more tentatively after that goal, with just 11 shots being exchanged between the two for the rest of the middle frame.
In the third, GTHL Red picked up some insurance on a five-on-three powerplay. With the defencemen creeping into the top of the circles, Xavier Henry wound up for a slapshot, but his stick shattered as it hit the ice. Ty Jackson picked up the rolling puck, sending it behind the net to brother Dylan, who then spotted Anthony Aguanno at the top of the other circle. The shot went straight to the back of the net, giving GTHL Red a 3-1 lead, which they would not relinquish.
The win by Team GTHL Red marks the third straight year a team from the Greater Toronto Hockey League has won the OHL Gold Cup.