Hamilton, Ont. – Barrie Colts forward Tyson Foerster had two goals and an assist as Team White skated to a 5-3 win at the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at FirstOntario Centre.
A game that included 17 of the OHL’s top draft eligible prospects featured speed, physicality and no shortage of skill as a Hamilton crowd of 6,436, 300 NHL scouts and viewers from coast-to-coast tuned into Sportsnet and NHL Network took in the action.
“Me, Zary and O’Rourke had some really great chemistry going on out there tonight and I was able to find the net,” said Foerster, who had over 40 family and friends in attendance to support him. “This is a huge game so it’s a good night to come out and play the way I did.”
Foerster, who played under Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Dale Hawerchuk in Barrie last year, even gave a tip of the cap to his head coach who has been sidelined this season after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.
“Yeah, I think Dale would be proud of me.”
Team White managed to outshoot Team Red 32-24 in a closely matched game that saw quality scoring chances at both ends.
London Knights teammates Antonio Stranges and Luke Evangelista helped Team Red find the back of the net just 3:58 into action, drawing assists on a point blast from Jeremie Poirier (Saint John Sea Dogs).
Team White responded with a goal from one of their own defencemen less than three minutes later. Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders) had help from Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti and North Bay Battalion flank Brandon Coe, drawing the score even at 6:17.
Ninth-ranked North American skater Jack Quinn of the Ottawa 67’s put Team Red up 2-1 headed to the first intermission, finishing-off a passing play that included Barber Poles teammate Marco Rossi and Sarnia Sting speedster Jacob Perreault with 1:53 left on the clock.
Team White came alive in the second period, scoring three straight as Foerster found the back of the net at 2:03 and 10:02. The Barrie Colts winger struck for his first off the rush, wiring a shot over the shoulder of Gould with assists from Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers) and Soo Greyhounds blueliner Ryan O’Rourke. The Sault Ste. Marie captain got things going moments later when he lugged the puck up the ice, dropping for Zary who connected with Ridley Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings) as he found a wide open Foerster for the finish.
Foerster set up defenceman Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings) for what would stand as the game winner with 6:48 left in the second while Zary picked up his third assist of the period.
Up 4-2 to start the third, Team White would put things out of reach on an unassisted empty netter from Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti with 2:42 to go.
Team Red’s Dawson Mercer (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) would draw his team closer in the game’s dying seconds, but it would be too little, too late as Guelph Storm head coach George Burnett’s Team White held on for a 5-3 win.
Storm netminder Nico Daws was slated to start the game in goal for Team Red, but suffered an injury during the warmups and was removed from the lineup.
Foerster earned Jim Gregory Player of the Game honours for Team White while Ottawa 67’s winger Jack Quinn earned the recognition for Team Red.
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