OHL Otters Take a Bite Out of QMJHL Sea Dogs at Memorial Cup

The Ontario Hockey League champions, the (1-0) Erie Otters took on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions, the (0-1) St John Sea Dogs on May 22nd in an evening match – up at the 2017 CHL Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ontario. The Otters are coming off a 4 – 2 win over the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds while the Sea Dogs fell to the hosts, the Windsor Spitfires 3 – 2 in the opening game of the 2017 national championships.

1:06 into the opening period, Taylor Raddysh of the Otters finds the back of Sea Dog netminder net to give Erie a 1 – 0 lead with Anthony Cirelli and Jordan Sambrook adding the assists on Raddysh’s goal. Matt Green and Thomas Chabot set up St John’s Cedric Paré to even the game 1 – 1 at the 5:43 mark of the period with goal behind Otter goaltender Troy Timpano. 57 seconds later, Darren Raddysh sinks the go – ahead goal for the OHL champions with Patrick Fellows and Dylan Strome notching the contributors at 6:40 of the first. At 8:33 of the first, Kyle Maksimovich brings the Otter lead to 3 – 1 with helpers coming Cirelli and Taylor Raddysh. Captain Dylan Strome increases the lead to 4 – 1 just eleven seconds past the halfway mark of the first with Alex DeBrincat and Warren Foegele adding the assists. Mathieu Joseph pulls the Sea Dogs within two at 13:32 of the period with Thomas Chabot sending the pass to Joseph. Anthony Cirelli finds the back of Sea Dog netminder Callum Booth’s net to add to the Otter lead. Erik Cernak drew the contributor on Erie’s fifth of the game.

Taylor Raddysh sinks his second of the game when he fires a goal behind St John netminder Alex D’Orio at 6:48 of the middle stanza. Darren Raddysh and Cirelli had the assists on Raddysh’s power play marker. Otter Dylan Strome to brought the lead to 6 – 1 with Taylor Raddysh and DeBrincat adding the contributors on Strome’s power play goal. Mathieu Joseph sends a pass to Sea Dog Spencer Smallman at 17:52 of the period for St John’s third of the contest. Scoring his second of the evening was Erie forward DeBrincat at 18:47 of the second with Strome and Darren Raddysh notching the helpers. With the Otters on a power play with eight seconds remaining the period, Strome and Taylor Raddysh set up Darren Raddysh’s second of the game to send Erie into the second intermission up by six. Only 22 seconds into the final period, Kyle Maksimovich sends a pass to Ivan Lodnia for a Otter goal to bring the lead to 10 – 3. Finding the back of the Sea Dog’s net for his fourth of the game was captain Strome at 5:32 of the period with Taylor Raddysh adding the assists.

Registering his first hat trick of the Memorial Cup was Strome at 13:20 of the third with DeBrincat and Foegele drawing the helpers. With an unassisted goal at 14:29, Sea Dog Cedric Paré finds the back of the Otter net for his second of the game. Chase Stewart adds the assist on the final goal of the game at 15:22 of the third on Julien Gauthier’s goal for St John. Callum Booth and Alex D’Orio shared the netminding duties for the Sea Dogs with Booth allowing five goals on 14 shots while D’Orio stopped 18 of 25 shots in St John’s loss. Erie goaltender Troy Timpano turned away 18 of 23 shots in the Otters 12 – 5 win on Monday evening in Windsor.

The Sea Dogs will head into their next match – up on May 23rd when the QMJHL champions take on the WHL champions, the Seattle Thunderbirds while on May 24th it will be a all Ontario Hockey League action with the OHL champions, the Otters facing the hosts, the Windsor Spitfires. Both games will start at 7:00 (EST) p.m.

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