Cherry’s four-goal outburst leads to Top Prospects win

GUELPH – Cherry struck for four goals in just over two and a half minutes late in the first period on their way to a 7-4 victory over Orr in Thursday night’s Sherwin Williams Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game at the Sleeman Centre.

Team Cherry extended its lead to 7-2 by the end of the second period.

The victors outshot Orr 41-26 and scored once on three power plays. Orr was scoreless on its lone power play.

Aidan Dudas of the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack, Ty Dellandrea of the OHL’s Flint Firebirds and Filip Zadina of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Halifax Mooseheads had two goals apiece for Cherry while Egor Sokolov of the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles scored the other goal. Evan Bouchard of the OHL’s London Knights assisted on four of the goals while Barrett Hayton of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Maie Greyhounds had two assists and single assists were awarded to Giovanni Vallati of the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, Gabriel Fortier of the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Vladislav Kotkov of the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Philipp Kurashev of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, Nico Gross of the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, Ryan Merkley of the OHL’s Guelph Storm, Rasmus Sandin of Sault Ste. Marie and Sokolov each had one assist.

Team Orr received goals from Serron Noel of Oshawa, Kevin Bahl of the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s, Cole Fonstad of the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders and Dmitry Zavgorodniy of the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic. Anderson MacDonald of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats had a pair of assists while Bahl, Benoit-Olivier Groulx of Halifax, Luka Burzan of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings and Liam Foudy of London each had one assist.

Olivier Rodrigue of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs and Jacob Ingham of the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads split the goaltending chores for Cherry. Rodrigue stopped 13 shots while Ingham stopped nine.

Alexis Gravel of Halifax and Kevin Mandolese of Cape Breton shared the goaltending duties for Orr. Gravel stopped 16 shots while Mandolese stopped 18.

Cam Hillis of the Storm played for Cherry and he won eight of the 11 faceoffs he took.

Storm coach-general manager George Burnett was an assistant coach for Orr.

All players in the game are eligible for this year’s NHL draft.


Team Cherry 7 Team Orr 4
First Period
1. Cherry, Sokolov (Vallati, Hayton), 14:10
2. Cherry, Dudas (Bouchard, Fortier), 15:35
3. Cherry, Dellandrea (Kotkov, Kurashev), 16:22
4. Cherry, Dellandrea (Gross, Merkley), 16:42
Penalty: McLeod Orr (hooking), 10:54.
Second Period
5. Cherry, Zadina (Hayton, Bouchard), 4:12
6. Orr, Noel (MacDonald, Bahl), 9:50
7. Orr, Bahl (unassisted) 13:48
8. Cherry, Dudas (Sandin, Bouchard), 15:00
9. Cherry, Zadina (Bouchard, Sokolov), 18:08 pp
Penalties: Dobson Orr (high sticking), 2:06; Bouchard Cherry (hooking), 7:28; Bernard Orr (cross checking), 16:48.
Third Period
10. Orr, Fonstad (Groulx, MacDonald), 6:11
11. Orr, Zavgorodniy (Burzan, Foudy), 16:46
Penalties: none.
Shots on Goal
Orr                  9-9-8–26
Cherry        16-14-11–41
Goalies: Gravel (L, 29:50, 21 shots-16 saves), Mandolese (27:33, 20 shots-18 saves), Orr; Rodrigue (W, 29:50, 14 shots-13 saves), Ingham (30:10, 12 shots-9 saves), Cherry.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Orr 0-1; Cherry 1-3.
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