Maple Leafs prospect Easton Cowan stays hot in Game 2 of OHL final

Easton Cowan of the London Knights. (Natalie Shaver/OHL Images)

Somehow, a season to remember for Easton Cowan just keeps on getting better.

The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect and London Knights forward played a big role in the utter dismantling of the Oshawa Generals in Game 2 of the OHL final, scoring two goals and picking up an assist in a blowout 9-1 win on Saturday.

He netted both his goals on the power play, with the first coming in the opening frame to help the Knights establish an early 3-0 lead. Then, perhaps for some unnecessary insurance in the third period, he scored another goal with the man advantage three minutes into the frame.

Cowan opened the series by picking up five points (one goal, four assists) in Game 1, helping lead the Knights to an 8-1 win. His eight points in the final lead the league.

Past just the final, though, Cowan has been on an absurdly proficient run, as he now has 15 points in his last five games and his 27 total playoff points (10 goals, 17 assists) are tied for the league lead.

Cowan, 18, was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player for the regular season after notching 34 goals and 62 assists in 54 games.

The Leafs picked the native of Mount Brydges, Ont., in the first round (28th overall) of the 2023 NHL Draft.

Kasper Halttunen, a second-round pick by the San Jose Sharks in 2023, scored a hat trick as part of a four-point night for the Knights. A couple of Philadelphia Flyers prospects also had productive nights, as winger Denver Barkey, a 2023 third-rounder, and defenceman Oliver Bonk, a 2023 first-rounder, picked up four and three points apiece.

The Generals host Game 3 against the Knights on Monday.

The winner of the series goes to the Memorial Cup in Saginaw, Mich.

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