Orangeville was able to go up 2-0 in the Minto Cup Finals, defeating Victoria 11-5 on Thursday night. While things started off very back-and-forth, Orangeville eventually took over on both ends and really ran away with this one, not allowing Victoria to even sniff a comeback.
Jonathan Donville led the way for Orangeville with six points (4G/2A) while Kyle Waters tallied four points (3G/1A), as well. In net for Orangeville, Rylan Hartley made 27 saves with a .844 save percentage.
Victoria was led by Zach Manns with three goals while Patrick Dodds and put up two points (1G/1A). Cameron Dunkerley made 45 saves with a .804 save percentage in net for Victoria.
The game started off very back-and-forth as both teams kept trading goals throughout the first period. Jonathan Donville got Orangeville on the board first with a power-play goal, but a penalty on Donville allowed Victoria to get on the board with a power-play goal from Zach Mann less than a minute later. Midway through the period Dylan Watson ripped one for Orangeville, scoring another power-play goal and putting them up 2-1.
Victoria ended the first period with a two-goal run from Patrick Dodds and Zach Manns late in the period. Manns goal came just after the penalty clock expired to give them a 3-2 lead heading into the second.
Orangeville started took charge in the second, getting it done at both ends. Kyle Waters got the first goal for Orangeville in the second, kicking off a four-goal run that included three goals from Jonathan Donville to put them up 6-3.
Just when it looked like Orangeville could run away with it, Zach Manns stopped the bleeding for Victoria with a rip from downtown in the dying seconds of the shot clock. Less than a minute later Caleb Kueber found the back of the net in transition for Victoria, cutting the Orangeville lead to 6-5 heading into the third.
Orangeville closed out the game strong in the third, scoring five unanswered goals, including two from Kyle Waters, to secure the 11-5 victory and go up 2-0 in the series.
With Orangeville now leading 2-0 in the best of five series, they can capture the Minto Cup tomorrow night with a win to sweep the finals.