Dennis Golovatchev scored with nine seconds left in the third period as the Mississauga Reps edged the Toronto Nationals 3-2 on Monday night to win the OHL Cup.
The Reps won the faceoff to the right of Toronto goaltender Zach Roy and Golovatchev snapped the winner into the back of the net.
The tournament featured the top 20 minor midget AAA teams from Ontario and the United States. It’s the first time two wild-card teams have made it to the championship game. Both the Reps and Nationals lost in the first round of the GTHL playoffs before winning their respective wild-card play ins.
Mike Petizian, on the power play, and Aaron Jamieson also chipped in for Mississauga. Lucas Rowe tacked on two assists.
Brandon Coe had tied the game for the Nationals just minutes before Golovatchev’s winner. Rory Graham opened the scoring for Toronto.
Ryan Dugas stopped 24 shots for the win in net as Roy finished with 38 saves.