GAME DAY RECAP: March 23, 2024

King Heights Academy (3) vs Mount Academy (4) Eastern U18 Quarter-Finals

Without a hat-trick effort from Mederic Allard (3G) Mount Academy’s season could have very well come to an end at the mercy of King Heights. Allard and Jesse Gauthier would round up the first two goals of the game, giving Mount the advantage coming out of the first. However, Timur Naurzbaev’s point shot would trickle in for King Heights late in the second, cutting their deficit to one before the second intermission. King Heights would come swinging out the gates in the third as David Barranco would tip home Fidel Yebenes’s (2A) point shot to tie the game up at 2-2. Shortly after Barranco’s equaliser, Allard would storm back to quickly take back the lead with a powerplay goal and would quickly add the insurance marker just a couple minutes later. King Heights pressed onward in the end, eventually picking up a third goal, but with only 5-seconds to spare in the contest, it was already too late. With this victory, Mount Academy moves on to face Bishop’s College later this afternoon.

Ulysse Academie (3) vs Ontario Hockey Academy Prep (4) Eastern U18 Quarter-Finals

After falling down 2-0 early to Ulysse Academie, team captain Adam Racine (1G, 1A) was able to get OHA Prep on the board before the end of the first. Then in a low scoring second, the first goal wouldn’t come until the latter moments of the frame as Marcus Fjeld (1G, 2A) and Oliver Nilsgaard connected on a 2-on-0 to tie things up for OHA Prep. Come puck drop in the third, OHA Prep picked up right where they left off as Takanobu Hiraga bested Victor Larin (28/32) on a breakaway to give them their first outright lead of the match. Later in the frame Mavrik Chan-Miguel (1G, 1A) would bury home a loose puck in close to extend OHA Prep’s lead. With their season on the line, Ulysse threw everything they could at Oliver Kiraly (40/43) and OHA Prep. Émile Dupuis would snag one late, making things a one goal contest but Kiraly would come up with a couple more key saves to secure OHA Prep the victory to advance to the semis. Kiraly’s 40-saves, including 19 in the second, proved to be the difference maker. OHA Prep is set to take on Bourget College later this afternoon.

Ontario Hockey Academy Gold (4) vs Okanagan Hockey Ontario (3) Eastern U18 Consolation

It only took 55-seconds for Odd Henrik Hytteback to find the back of the net for OHA Gold, although this was quickly equalised by OHO’s Callum Aus (2G) just over a minute later. A late tally from Theodor Abercrombie would put OHA Gold back on top before the ice clean. A rowdier second saw OHA Gold expand their lead by another two. Jeremey Deschambault-Perron (1G, 1A) would snag the first one then Vincenzo Di Rocco (1G, 1A) would score on a penalty shot just 23-seconds later. Come the third, the guns were blazing for OHO, outshooting OHA Gold 16-7 and picking up another two goals to make it a one goal affair. OHO had a powerplay opportunity late, but squandered their chance after taking a tripping penalty of their own halfway through the man advantage. Hakon Eskeland (34/37) would remain steady for the rest of the contest, turning aside 34-shots in the end to lead OHA Gold to a victory in the Eastern U18 consolation matchup.

Mount Academy (4) vs Bishop’s College School (6) Eastern U17

Adam Straka continued his postseason hot-streak alive, scoring just 22-seconds into play to give Bishop’s College the early lead. Taitt Dobbin (1G, 1A) and Emanuel Di Paolo (2G) extended Bishop’s lead with a few more tallies in the first before having their groove stunted by Jeremy Gould, scoring with only 18-seconds left in the frame. Shane Delamaire (1G, 1A) brought Mount Academy one step closer early in the second but later had that goal matched by Dominic Schnarr (1G, 1A). Goals would keep being traded from here on out, eventually leading to a 6-4 victory for Bishop’s College as they finish the round robin a perfect 4-0-0. 

Ontario Hockey Academy White (0) vs Champions Hockey Academy (5) Eastern U17

Despite an impressive 65-save effort in goal by Sasha Bravo (65/70), OHA White was not able to generate any offence over the potent CHA. Jackson Shaddick (2G) polished off the scoring with a two goal effort while Declan Kennedy (1G, 2A) continues his impressive playoff run with a three point effort. Scott LeBlanc (11/11) picked up the third shutout of the postseason for Champions as they’re set to take on Bishop’s tomorrow morning in the Eastern U17 final.

Ontario Hockey Academy Prep (4) vs Bourget College (3) Eastern U18 Semi-Finals

Playing in their second match of the day, OHA Prep had all the odds stacked against them playing against a rested Bourget College. However, Oliver Nilsgaard (2G) was able to get the show started for OHA Prep just 76-seconds into the game. Marc-Antoine Riopel would follow up shortly after for Bourget but another two markers would put OHA Prep back in front. Both teams would trade goals in the second, leaving OHA Prep with a two goal lead into the third. Bourget would have their opportunities. Lucas Gonçalves got Bourget back to within one in the opening half of the frame. Eventually Bourget would see a 6-on-4 chance late in the frame, but Oliver Kiraly stood tall and held down OHA Prep’s fort, ultimately sealing the victory and securing a final appearance for the Cornwall, ON academy.

Mount Academy (1) vs Bishop’s College School (8) Eastern U18 Semi-Finals 

Not a single Bishop’s College skater left the ice without a point in their semi-final victory over Mount Academy. Bishop’s entered the third up 3-1 and took off for five unanswered goals in the third. With the offence firing on all cylinders, Sky Willer (32/33) held down the fort in his own end, keeping things tidy for the Sherbrooke, QC based school as they advance to the finals in their inaugural CSSHL season alongside the U17 team.