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Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
Team NOHA wins twice at Gold Cup
by Randy Pascal

For those who may have been bypassed in the recent OHL Entry Draft, the 2018 OHL Gold Cup in Kitchener this week represented one final opportunity to showcase their wares. TEAM NOHA players would take full advantage, finishing the tournament with a respectable record of 2-2.

The northern lads were a motivated crew on Thursday, eking out a 6-5 overtime triumph over Team OMHA Black when local product Gavin Brown netted his second of the game in the extra session for the win.

Sudbury Wolves' prospect Giordano Biondi (14th rd) had evened the contest at 5-5, tallying on the power play at 16:36 of the third period. Rounding out the scoring for the NOHA were Jesse Kirkby (North Bay - 9th rd), Hunter Brazier (Oshawa - 9th rd) and David Campbell (North Bay - 4th rd).

Ethan Cardwell (Saginaw - 2nd rd) replied with a two-goal effort in a losing cause, while number one overall OHL pick Quinton Byfield (Sudbury - 1st rd) also added a goal. The prosperity for the northern crew was short-lived as GTHL Red thumped Team NOHA 9-2 on day two, with Jack Stockfish (North Bay - 15th rd) and Dario Beljo (London - 10th rd) accounting for the offense for the north.

McKay Hayes (Windsor - 4th rd) paced the GTHL attack with a hat-trick, while Eric Russell (Barrie - 3rd rd) chipped in with two markers of his own. The NOHA squad closed out pool play with a much better effort on Saturday, dropping a 4-1 decision to Team Alliance as Ryan Gagnier (Oshawa - 3rd rd) and Rylan Bowers (Mississauga - 12th rd) scored in the third period, breaking open a 2-1 game.

Slipping into fourth place in their bracket, Team NOHA would close out play in the Consolation Bronze medal encounter, earning a 4-3 win over Team HEO. Ben Brunette scored twice to show the way for the winners, his second goal the only one of period three, snapping a 3-3 deadlock.

Hunter Brazier and Samuel Vachon capped off the offense for coach Richard Rochefort and company, while Sean McGurn (London - 3rd rd) found the back of the net twice for HEO.

Local puckstopper Owen Kilganon bounced back from a tough opening encounter, turning aside 34 of the 37 shots that he faced in the win. Rounding out the Team NOHA roster were: Reece Proulx, Ethan Masson, A.J. Favot, Ryan Maynard, Justin Dauphinais, Cole Goode, Pacey Schlueting, Justin Mauro, Joseph Jordan and Spenser Dickson.

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