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Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
Oakville blanks Hearst in an intense Dudley-Hewitt Cup final
by Randy Pascal

The Hearst Lumberjacks (NOJHL) gave the Oakville Blades (OJHL) everything they could handle, and then some, at the Dudley Hewitt Cup final in Cochrane Saturday night. Still, it wasn't enough.

The Blades escaped with a 2-0 win, earning a berth at the Canadian Junior "A" Championship set for May 11th to the 19th in Brooks, Alberta. Though the Oakville squad was full measure for a tournament in which they remained undefeated, from start to finish, the gold medal affair was nothing if not intense.

A scoreless first period was highlighted by a penalty shot save from tournament MVP Nicholas Tallarico, as the Hearst netminder turned aside Oakville sniper Ryan O'Hara in the one on one showdown.

The latter, however, gained some revenge at the 8:44 mark of period two, coralling a pass in the slot from Holden Doggett and making no mistake in snapping a shot low blocker-side for what would stand as the game-winning goal.

In fact, though the pace of play was impressive, the score sat at 1-0, with the Lumberjacks awarded a power-play in the dying minutes of play. Unfortunately for the NOJHL league champs, it would be Oakville defenceman Nicholas Aromatario who would find the middle of the empty-net, burying a short-handed tally and clinching the win in the process.

Recording the shutout between the pipes for the Blades was Will Barber (29 saves). Following is a breakdown of the individual award winners from the 2019 Dudley-Hewitt Cup:

MVP: Nicholas Tallarico (Hearst)
Top Forward: Spencer Kersten (Oakville)
Top Defenceman: Ryan Nicholson (Oakville)
Top Goaltender: Nicholas Tallarico (Hearst)
Top Scorer: Spencer Kersten (Oakville)

All-Dudley-Hewitt Cup Team
Goal - Nicholas Tallarico (Hearst)
Defence - Troy Daniels (Hearst)
Defence - Ryan Nicholson (Oakville)
Forward - Spencer Kersten (Oakville)
Forward - Josh Nixon (Oakville)
Forward - Zach Hayes (Cochrane)

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