The Toronto Young Nationals will be heading on to the 2019 TELUS Cup to represent the Central Region following a tough battle against the North Bay Trappers this afternoon.
The Young Nats came out strong, scoring two full-strength goals in the first period courtesy of Russell Cocca, from Ryan MANSFIELD at 4:02 and Peter Stojcevski from Elias COHEN 18:42. Both teams held steady through the second frame. However, it took only 10 minutes into the third for Elias Cohen to net an insurance goal on the power unassisted and Joshua Sinanan sealed the deal with an empty netter unassisted. Gray stopped all 24 shots for a shutout.
The Clarington Toros took home the bronze medal following a close 3-2 game over Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. William Everson had what would stand as the game winner from Zachary SMITH, Benjamin LUKINUK at 9:34 into the third.
Following the Championship, the Young Nats will represent the Central Region at the 2019 TELUS Cup, the Canada’s National Midget Championship, happening on April 22-29, 2019 at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Clarington Toros 3, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs 2
· Matthew McCullough, Dean Taylor and William Everson scored for the Toros, while Kearnan Jenney and Will Lewis found the net for the Chiefs.
· Game stats here.
Toronto Young Nationals 4, North Bay Trappers 0
· Elias Cohen had a goal and an assist in the final, scoring on the power play unassisted. James Gray recorded a shutout.
· Game stats here.
Top Goaltender: Benjamin Gaudreau North Bay Trappers
Top Forward: Mason McTavish Pembroke Lumber Kings
Esso Player Scholarship Award: Juston Biraben Kingston Jr. Frontenacs
Top Defenseman: Cameron Morton Kingston Jr. Frontenacs
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Kolby Poulin Clarington Toros
Top Scorer Award: Elias Cohen Toronto Young Nationals
Tournament MVP: Connor Olson Elgin Middlesex Chiefs