Three OHL clubs took to the NHL 21 screen for Day 4 of the Memorial eCup presented by Kia but only two would wind up punching their ticket to the second round as the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers both reigned victorious.
Commentators Reed Duthie (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Branden Scott (Sudbury Wolves) were back on the mic with the call heard across League and member team Twitch and Facebook platforms.
Thursday saw four eCup matchups. Below is a rundown of the OHL action:
Victoriaville 6, Kingston 3
Kicking off Wednesday night’s OHL action was Braden Haché in control of the Kingston Frontenacs up against Felix Paré and his Victoriaville Tigres. The Tigres didn’t waste any time making an impression as Nicolas Daigle found the back of the net just 25 seconds in before Sean Larochelle doubled the lead soon after. Yegor Serdyuk followed it up with his team’s third goal and Zachael Turgeon widened the gap to 4-0, a lead Victoriaville would carry to the end of the first period. The Fronts would finally gain some life early in the second off the stick of Jordan Frasca and would trail by three as the middle frame came to a close. Justin Pingle cut the Tigres’ lead in half 3:06 into the final period but the Tigres would strike back with one from Paré just over a minute later. Luke Drewitt would bring the Fronts within two midway through the third period but Connor Frenette would restore Victoriaville’s three goal lead and would carry it to the final buzzer, eliminating Kingston from the tournament.
Wasn’t the outcome we wanted. Will be working hard on our systems and be ready for February 4th!
Thank you @CHLHockey https://t.co/oF3jnjddRQ
— Braden Haché (@BradenHache) December 4, 2020
Sudbury 7, Chicoutimi 2
Blake Murray and his Sudbury Wolves are moving on up to Round 2 following a dominant 7-2 defeat of Samuel Houde and the Chicoutimi Saguenéens led by a four-goal showing from Quinton Byfield. The L.A. Kings prospect netted a natural hat-trick to help the Wolves to a healthy 3-0 lead before Tristan Pelletier got the Saguenéens on the board late in the second. Owen Gilhula, Ethan Larmand and a fourth from Byfield powered the Wolves up 6-1 to end the middle frame. Chase Stillman added Sudbury’s seventh marker in the final minutes of the third before Chicoutimi got one back courtesy Fabrice Fortin. Sudbury will advance to the second round of the tournament where they’ll face Paré and the Tigres.
Round 1✅ next stop Round 2🐺 #KiaCHLeCup 👊
Watch 👀: https://t.co/VvTmATT9rh pic.twitter.com/F6CJwaM1AW
— Sudbury Wolves (@Sudbury_Wolves) December 4, 2020
Kitchener 4, Kelowna 2
A Liam Hawel hat-trick led the way for Graham Dickerson and the Kitchener Rangers in a 4-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets. Justin McPherson gave Kitchener the 1-0 lead with a thunderous shot midway through the opening period before Dillon Hamaliuk got the Rockets on even terms. Hawel went low blocker side and in for the 2-0 lead before adding another to widen Kitchener’s cushion 3:32 into the third period. Kelowna’s Nolan Foote tightened things up 3-2 in the latter half of the third before Hawel went in for the hatty with 5:29 to go, sending the Rangers to the win column and into the second round.
Liam Hawel with the hatty!! 🧢
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) December 4, 2020
For coverage of the Memorial eCup Presented by Kia, visit CHL.ca and be sure to follow the Ontario Hockey League on Twitch and Facebook. The action continues on Thursday evening with the Kingston Frontenacs, Sudbury Wolves, and Kitchener Rangers all in action.