MYLYMOK SCORES LATE WINNER, SENDS HOUNDS TO FINAL
SUDBURY, Ont. – Luke Mylymok scored his second goal of the game with 2:33 left, finishing off a late comeback and giving the Notre Dame Hounds a place in the TELUS Cup gold medal game with a 3-2 semifinal win over the Toronto Young Nationals on Saturday afternoon.
The Hounds, who remain perfect though six games, will face either the Lethbridge Hurricanes or Cantonniers de Magog in the national final on Sunday night (7 p.m. ET, TSN 2).
With overtime looming, Mylymok picked up the puck off the face-off and sniped a quick shot over the glove of Toronto goaltender Sean Wu to put Notre Dame back in the final for the first time since it won its fourth and most recent title in 2010.
Drew Englot had tied the game for the Hounds four minutes earlier, redirecting a Zach Plucinski point shot past Wu.
Notre Dame dominated the first period, outshooting Notre Dame 14-3 and scoring the lone goal; Mylymok netted his fifth goal of the tournament – and fourth in three games – by sneaking a short-side shot past the glove of Wu.
The Young Nationals answered back less than five minutes into the second when Harrison Caines buried his own rebound past Hounds netminder Riley Kohonick, highlighting a period in which Toronto held a narrow 9-8 edge in shots.
Evan Pringle gave the Young Nationals their first lead at 5:02 of the third period when a loose puck in the crease banked off his skate and behind Kohonick for the 2-1 goal.
But the Hounds showed why they have been the best team all week, and are one win away from becoming the first team since the 1987 Riverains du Richelieu to win all seven games at Canada’s National Midget Championship in regulation time.
Toronto will take on the loser of the Lethbridge-Magog semifinal for bronze on Sunday (2 p.m. ET).