And then there were eight. Friday’s results at the OHL Cup powered by Under Armour solidified Saturday’s quarter-final matchups, with a total of six GTHL teams scheduled to make an appearance. The winners of each quarter-final will play a semi-final game on Saturday evening.
10:00 a.m. – London Jr. Knights vs. Toronto Marlboros
ALLIANCE champions the London Jr. Knights were one of two teams to record a perfect 4-0-0 in the round-robin. Like their quarter-final opponent, the Knights have had impressive offensive prowess throughout the duration of the tournament. The Knights, however, will have to find a way to shut down Marlboros point producers Graeme Clarke and Jack Hughes if they want to continue with tournament competition. Both Hughes and Clarke have a combined 11 points in four tournament games.
10:30 a.m. – Mississauga Reps vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
After earning themselves a spot in the tournament via a Wild Card Play In victory, the Mississauga Reps finished at the top of their division with a 3-0-1 record. Despite the Jr. Canadiens and Reps playing in the same GTHL loop, the quarter-final matchup will be the first time the two teams have met since December 17. The Reps, who finished second in GTHL regular season standings, are 1-0-2 against the Jr. Canadiens this season.
11:45 a.m. – Mississauga Rebels vs. Vaughan Kings
GTHL playoff champs the Mississauga Rebels rode their playoff momentum into the OHL Cup, finishing first in the Nash division. The Rebels, however, have yet to defeat the Vaughan Kings this season. The Kings, who were injury plagued throughout much of the regular season, are 2-0-1 against the Rebels. With a tournament record of 2-0-2, Vaughan has relied on solid goaltending from Christian Sbaraglia, who has started for the Kings in both their victories.
12:15 p.m. – Whitby Wildcats vs. Toronto Young Nationals
OMHA champions the Whitby Wildcats have recorded finished the round-robin at the top of the Lindros division with a 2-0-2 record. Despite the first place finish, the Wildcats still finished the tournament with six points, the same number as their opponent, the Toronto Young Nationals. After starting the tournament on a losing note, the Nats bounced back to win three straight. Will they extend their winning streak to four?