Fonstad scores for Team Orr as Team Cherry triumphs 7-4 in Guelph
For the second straight year, Team Cherry’s offensive instincts rose to the surface as gorgeous goals and a few additions to the event record book paved the way to a 7-4 win at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph.
Eric Florchuk (ranked 93rd by NHL CS) was the lone Western Hockey League player to end up on the winning side of Thursday’s game, recording a plus-1 rating in the contest.
With five players on the opposing Team Orr, it was Prince Albert Raiders forward Cole Fonstand (ranked 78th by NHL CS) scoring one of his team’s four goals on the evening. With his team down 7-2, Fonstad was the trailing man on a rush up ice, took a pass from Benoit-Olivier Groulx in the high slot area and wired the puck past Jacob Ingham to help get his club back in the game.
Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward Luka Burzan (ranked 89th by NHL CS) led all Team Orr skaters with four shots in the game, also recording a plus-one rating. Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman Calen Addison (ranked 34th by NHL CS) had a pair of shots while captain Ty Smith (ranked 14th by NHL CS) of the Spokane Chiefs and Fonstad each had one shot on net. Riley Sutter (ranked 72nd by NHL CS) of the Everett Silvertips was one of three Team Orr players to finish without a shot.
Team Cherry’s Jim Gregory Player of the Game Award recipient Evan Bouchard (London Knights) tied a pair of event records with four assists and four points from the back end while forward Ty Dellandrea made a record-breaking contribution of his own with two goals just 20 seconds apart.
Six different Team Cherry players had multi-point outputs as second-ranked North American skater Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads), late addition Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack) and Dellandrea each finished the night with a pair of goals.
After a back-and-forth opening half of the first period, Don Cherry’s squad took over with four goals in a span of 2:32.
Russian winger Egor Sokolov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) got things started, finishing off a broken play in the slot with a quick release through the legs of Team Orr netminder Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads) at 14:10.
Dudas snuck in behind the Team Orr defence just over a minute later, taking a Bouchard up-ice feed to go in alone and beat Gravel through the legs.
Dellandrea would proceed to set a pair of new Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game records, making the score 4-0 when he tallied 20 seconds apart to smash JP Dumont’s 1996 mark of two goals in 3:22.
Dellandrea’s second marker came on a deflection off a Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals) point release, giving Team Cherry three goals in a span of 1:07 to set another new event mark.
Team Cherry picked up where it left off 4:12 into the second frame as Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) found NHL Central Scouting’s second-ranked North American skater Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads) waiting in the slot for a one-time finish past his Halifax teammate Gravel.
After a number of quality power play scoring chances, Team Orr broke its offensive silence just shy of the midway mark of the second as big blueliner Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) sent a shot toward the goal that was deflected enroute by Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals).
Both clubs changed goaltenders at the midway point with Team Cherry in the lead 5-1, outshooting Team Orr 21-14 as Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads) and Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) took over in the crease.
Though the 6-foot-6 defenceman has just one goal in Ottawa this season, Bahl jumped into the rush to cut Team Orr’s deficit to three with 6:12 left in the second frame, coming in late as the trailer to rip a quick wrister past Ingham.
Dudas would put away his second of the night 1:12 later, putting Team Cherry up 6-2 with a beautiful toe-drag through the slot before depositing a shot over the shoulder of Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) at the 15-minute mark.
Zadina would bury his second of the night on a rebound with 1:52 left in the third, grabbing the second effort off a Bouchard perimeter shot to send Team Cherry into the intermission leading 7-2.
Team Orr made things interesting in the third, getting goals from Cole Fonstad (Prince Albert Raiders) and Dmitry Zavgorodniy (Rimouski Océanic) to cut the deficit to three before the sound of the final buzzer.
Bouchard (4A) and Team Orr’s Kevin Bahl (1G, 1A) claimed Jim Gregory Player of the Game recognition as Team Cherry improved to 7-13 at the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Team Cherry outshot Team Orr 41-26 on the night, going 1-for-3 on the power play.
Team Cherry claims #SWTP victory for the second straight year, taking a 7-4 decision in Guelph.
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