January 29th, 2016
By Dane Frizzell
The coliseum was alive thursday night as Team Orr defeated Team Cherry 3-2 at this year’s CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Ty Ronning of the Vancouver Giants opened the scoring at 3:09 of the first period.
The game would remain 1-0 after one period of play. Goaltenders Evan Fitzpatrick of the Sherbrooke Phoenix and Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips would prove to be the difference makers in the first half of the game. Both made fantastic saves and proved why they were Top Prospects. Just after the ten minute mark of the second period, the goaltenders would switch. Fitzpatrick was replaced by Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors, while Hart gave way to Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. At 17:09 of the second period, the game would see its second goal. Pascal Laberge of the Victoriaville Tigres would finish after a great move. Team Cherry held a 22-20 edge on the shot clock after 40 minutes.
With 10:20 remaining in the third period, Laberge would score another one. After a quick pivot, the Team Orr forward snapped a puck past Sawchenko for a 2-1 lead. Team Cherry wasn’t done there. Just minutes later, Logan Brown of the Windsor Spitfire would finish on a great pass from Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting.
The tie wouldn’t last for long. Right off the face off and 11 seconds after Team Cherry tied the game up, Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Cape Brenton Sreaming Eagles would score off a great pass from Laberge making it 3-2 for Team Orr.
Team Cherry would throw everything on net in the tail end of the game but goaltender Dylan Wells would put up a brick wall to secure a victory for Team Orr.
Laberge earned Team Orr Player of the Game honours, while Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads received the recognition for Team Cherry. The game was enjoyed by over ten thousand fans in an extremely loud and energetic Pacific Coliseum.