The Trenton Golden Hawks hosted 22 teams over three days for the Winter Showcase. It was the first time every team took part in the winter event.
Marty Savoy is the Commissioner of the OJHL he spoke to Quinte News’ Tim Durkin.
Eight games came and went on the final day of the OJHL Winter Showcase in Trenton. Both the Trenton Golden Hawks and Wellington Dukes were in action.
First in the 4:30 p.m. match up on the Duncan McDonald surface, it was a battle of East Division rivals, as the Dukes took on Kingston. The first period ended scoreless, however it took just 0:11 seconds for Kingston to make it 1-0 in the 2nd. Picton Pirates call up Dawson Ellis made it 1-1 on his first OJHL goal.
Connor Ryckman had a fantastic game, turning aside 40 shots. Wellington would also get two points from Colin Doyle and Brayden Stortz in a 4-1 final. More than 80 shots hit the net between the two teams.
With the win the Dukes pull into a tie with a tie for 5th win the Vees. Their next action is Friday night at home as they take on Stouffville at 7:30 p.m. at Essroc Arena.
Following Wellington’s win, the Trenton Golden Hawks gave the start to their newest member, Elliot Gerth. He was in, while Chris Janzen got the night off, as the G-Hawks hosted the Lindsay Muskies.
They did not wait long to get on the score sheet, as Jordan Chard and Louis Di Matteo scored within the first five minutes of the first. That is the way the first would finish.
In the second, both teams would hit the goal sheet, Lindsay cut the lead to 2-1, but Trenton would score twice in under a minute, to finish the first 40 4-1.
To the third period, where Trenton would add to their lead, with Mac Lewis scoring near the midway point of the period, holding Lindsay to one goal in the final frame, winning 5-2. Gerth won his first OJHL start.
Trenton’s next action is Friday night when they welcome the Markham Royals at 7:30 p.m., 7:20 p.m. on CJBQ for Eastern Overhead Doors.
In afternoon action, the Stouffville Spirit hosted the Pickering Panthers. Both teams lost their first games of the showcase Monday. The Spirit jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 20 minutes, however the Panthers stayed around. They brought it to 3-2 in the early third, but Stouffville would pull out a 4-2 win.
The day began with the Buffalo Jr Sabres hosting the North York Rangers. Former Trenton forward Ture Linden had two points, while Bloomfield’s Jett Alexander was given the day off in goal. The Rangers would pull out a 6-2 win.
Former Trenton Golden Hawk Dante Spagnuolo had two assists as the Toronto Patriots beat the Mississauga Chargers 6-2.
In a classic Northeast Division battle the Whitby Fury met Newmarket. The Fury jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd, however a late surge by the Hurricanes made it a 3-2 game right up to the final minute. At 19:04 of the third Todd Winder tied the game, sending it to OT. It double OT (3 on 3) where Alex Ieullo scored, giving the Canes the victory.
The St. Michale’s Buzzers met the Toronto Jr Canadians and got a 1-0 lead in the first. To the 2nd, where the Canadians would score three straight. The final score 3-1 Toronto.
In what many anticipated as the closest and best game of the week, the Georgetown Raiders met Oakville. The Raiders had 10 of the first 12 shots on goal, however a mid-period surge by the Blades gave them a 2-0 lead after 1. The second frame would prove no different, with the Blades maintaining their lead, despite being outshot 25-14.
The Raiders went to work in the third, scoring two early to tie it, however the Blades scored midway through the frame to regain the lead. It would finish 3-2 Oakville.