GAME DAY RECAP: March 22, 2024

Ontario Hockey Academy White (3) vs Ulysse Academy (5) Eastern U17

Despite being outshot 10-4 in the period, OHA White had the early lead on Ulysse after Harrison O’Connor bagged one. However, Ulysse’s offence would come through in the second as Félix Maltais (1G, 1A) and Alexis Boyer (1G, 1A) scored two in the frame. The scoring would open up in the third as Ulysse and OHA White would trade goals back and forth. Unfortunately for OHA White, Ulysse would still finish on top in this contest. William Ethier (17/19) came out with the win in goal while OHA White’s Sasha Bravo (46/51) put in a valid effort in the loss.

Mount Academy (0) vs Champions Hockey Academy (4) Eastern U17

Martin Hackenberg (20/20) is yet to be beat in goal for Champions Hockey Academy during the Eastern Championships, racking up a 20-save shutdown to improve his shutout streak to 120-minutes. On the offensive front, Declan Kennedy (2G, 1A) was having a productive morning, picking up two goals and an assist in the 4-0 win. Jackson Shaddick (2A) and Charlie Morrison (2A) would each pick up a pair of assists in the victory as well.

Okanagan Hockey Ontario (3) vs Ontario Hockey Academy Prep (9) Eastern U18

Cole Shepherdson (4G, 1A) laid down the pain in OHA Prep’s offensive showcase over OHO. Alongside Shepherdson’s four goal effort, Justin Gregoire (2G) picked up a pair while Marcus Fjeld (1G, 1A), Oliver Nilsgaard (1G, 1A) and Hugo Allard (2A) all recorded two points. Despite the loss, Kevin Podgurny (24/33) played his heart out in goal, making sprawling save after sprawling save in the second with a couple unlucky breaks in the early and latter portions of the second period.

King Heights Academy (2) vs Bishop’s College School (5) Eastern U18

King Heights stunned Bishop’s College early only, scoring right off an early offensive zone faceoff, leaving one free for Murad Safarov (1G, 1A) to jam home. Despite the strong start, Bishop’s College would begin to press hard, leading to the first goal of the night for Gabriel Le Houillier (3G, 2A). Le Houillier would go on to participate on each of Bishop’s College’s goals going forward, netting a hat-trick and picking up two helpers. Vytas Lenkutis would score another for King Heights early in the third, but that’s all the offence that would seep through DJ Patriss (15/17) Friday evening.

Ontario Hockey Academy Gold (5) vs Mount Academy (6) Eastern U18

A steady back-and-forth affair made for a nail biting finale between OHA Gold and Mount Academy. Mount Academy left the first on top leading 3-2, Brandon Gauthier netting the go ahead goal at the time. Mount Academy would add another two in the second while Jeremy Deschambault-Perron kept OHA Gold in it, scoring shortly after Mount’s fourth goal. The third period had OHA Gold labelled all over it. Theodor Abercrombie (3G, 1A) polished off his hat-trick, making things a one goal game with less than four minutes left, but nothing else was getting past Elliot Boulianne (23/28) for the short remainder of the contest, leading Mount Academy to a 1-1-0 record at the end of the round robin.

Ulysse Academie (0) vs Bishop’s College School (4) Eastern U17

Felix-Antoine Emond (17/17) secured his second straight shutout of the playoffs after turning aside 17-shots from the hungry Ulysse Academie. A strong offensive showing in the first was enough to wrap up the game for Bishop’s College after Logan Charby (1G, 1A) scored his second shorthanded goal of the postseason, while Adam Straka showed his resilience, scoring after being bumped to ice.

Ontario Hockey Academy White (4/OT) vs Mount Academy (3) Eastern U17

After a scoreless first, Carter Christensen would score on a penalty shot for OHA White to break the ice. Later in the second, Mount Academy would get on the board thanks to Cogan LeBlanc (1G, 1A). The third would see plenty more action. Jacob Leger gave Mount Academy their first lead of the match early in the frame, but OHA White would secure a two goal swing after Nolan Mason (2G, 1A) scored back-to-back goals on the scoresheet to put OHA White back in control. Shortly after Mason’s second, Henri Colin David Frenette would tie things up for Mount Academy, forcing an eventual overtime. In the extra frame, it only took 17-seconds to find out victor as Harrison O’Connor netted his second of the postseason to clinch OHA White the win. Ivan Petrov (39/42) put up a valued effort in the win, nearly turning aside forty shots while his team was outshot 42-26.