NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Photo credit: Shawn Muir/OJHL Images
Toronto Lakeshore wins Dudley-Hewitt Cup
WELLINGTON, Ont. – A Rory Bell goal midway through the third period was the difference as the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL) edged the the Weelington Dukes (Host-OJHL) 2-1 Saturday evening in the final of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship in jam-packed Essroc Arena in Wellington, Ont.
By virtue of the victory Toronto Lakeshore now moves on to represent the region at the RBC Cup Canadian Jr. A championship May 10-18 in Vernon, B.C.
The fast-paced, well-played contest was scoreless through 20 minutes with the Patriots Evan Buitenhuis and the Dukes Tyson Teichmann keeping opposing shooters in check.
Special teams allowed Toronto to open the scoring 13:44 into the second session as Andreas Tsogkas fired one from the right point through a maze of bodies that found its way into the back of the net.
Wellington pulled even with a man advantage effort of their own, with just 23 seconds left in the middle stanza, as Chad Thibodeau wristed one from a sharp angle that found its way past Buitenhuis.
The back-and-forth affair stayed that way until the 10:50 mark of the third when Rory Bell was left alone in front where he spun and wired a shot into the top right right hand corner of the net in what would be the final tally of the evening.
The Dukes pulled their netminder in the late going in favour of an extra attacker, but the OJHL champion Patriots held on to claim their first Dudley-Hewitt title and the RBC berth.
Shots on goal favoured Toronto Lakeshore 29-22 with both goalkeepers being named their respective club’s player of the game recipients.
The Patriots join the host Vernon Lakers and the Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) as having already earned a spot in the RBC Cup.
The SJHL-winning Terriers advanced by winning the Western Canada Cup to pick up one of two sports there.
The Dauphin Kings (Host-MJHL) and Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) will meet Sunday to determine the second western representative.
Meanwhile the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) and Saint-Jerome Panthers (LHJAAAQ) will also tangle Sunday for the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian crown and the final RBC berth.