OJHL Oates wins Central Canada Cup Challenge



Release Date: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

OJHL Oates wins Central Canada Cup Challenge

TORONTO – Team Ontario Junior Hockey League Oates got goals from four different skaters and rode the shutout goaltending of Taylor Welsh (Wellington Dukes) to blank OJHL Nieuwendyk 4-0 in the championship game Sunday of the Central Canada Cup Challenge at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.

The first-ever all-OJHL final in the four-year history of the event saw Jacob Hayhurst (Toronto Patriots) notch the only tally his side would need 4:56 into the contest.

Just over a minute later, Quinn Syrydiuk (Toronto Patriots) extended the lead to put Oates up a pair after one period of play.

They then put the game away in the final frame with markers courtesy of Thomas Beretta (St. Michael’s Buzzers) and B.J. Salerno (Pickering Panthers) to round out the scoring.

Salerno also had a pair of tallies in OJHL Oates semifinal triumph over the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League earlier in the day prior to his side going on to capture the title.

The three-day event featured top players from the NOJHL, OJHL, Central Canada and Quebec Junior Hockey Leagues, which took place in front of a multitude of scouts ranging from major junior, CIS, NCAA and National Hockey League ranks.

Also on hand eying talent was the coaching staff of Team Canada East for the upcoming World Junior A Challenge, which goes Dec. 14-20 in Kindersley, Sask.

The Canada East Selection Camp gets underway Dec. 6 in Toronto with many of these same players that competed in the Central Canada Cup Challenge expected to make up a good portion of the list of invitees.

Marc Lafleur of the NOJHL’s Kirkland Lake Gold Miners will serve as an assistant coach for Canada East.