2016 CHL Top Prospects Game
QMJHL’s Dubois and Laberge deliver in CHL Top Prospects Game
Steve Kournianos | 01/30/2016 | New York |
New York (The Draft Analyst) — Pierre-Luc Dubois and Pascal Laberge each had three points to lead Team Orr to a 3-2 win over Team Cherry thursday night in the 2016 CHL Top Prospects Game from Vancouver.
Vancouver Giants’ forward Ty Ronning opened the scoring at 3:09 of the frist period when he blew past defenseman Logan Stanley and put a rebound of his initial shot up and over goalie Carter Hart, giving Team Cherry a 1-0 lead.
Team Orr responded with 2:51 left in the second period when Laberge, a center for the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres, took a feed from Dubois, faked around forward Alex DeBrincat, and rifled a wrist shot over the glove of Zach Sawchenko.
Laberge made it 2-1 on the power play at 9:40 of the third when he received a pass from Dubois and beat Sawchenko down low. Team Cherry responded a little over two minutes later when Windsor Spitfires center Logan Brown spun and fired a shot just under the crossbar and past goalie Dylan Wells. Laberge and Dubois teamed just 11 seconds later, with Dubois converting a give-and-go with Laberge and sliding the puck past Sawchenko for the eventual game-winning goal.
Sault Ste Marie left wing Jack Kopacka and Saskatoon Blades defenseman Libor Hajek each had an assist for Team Orr, which won the event for the sixth straight year and improved to 9-4. Hart stopped 15 of 16 shots, and Wells was credited with the win, making 19 saves.
Sarnia Sting right wing Jordan Kyrou led Team Cherry with two assists, and London Knights left wing Max Jones also registered an assist. Mississauga Steelheads center Mike McLeod was named top player for Team Cherry, which outshot Team Orr 36-27. Sherbrooke Phoenix goalie Evan Fitzpatrick stopped all 17 shots, and Sawchenko made seven saves in defeat.