Philadelphia Flyers top prospect Morgan Frost led his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to the Ontario Hockey League Championship Series with a clutch performance in Game 7. It went down to the wire for the Greyhounds, won won Game 7 in double overtime to take the Western Conference crown.
Frost and the Greyhounds took down the Kitchener Rangers in a hard-fought series. Fellow Flyers prospect Connor Bunnaman went head-to-head against Frost in the series.
Frost ended the game with a goal, two assists, a +2 rating and four shots on goal. He also took a whopping 41 faceoffs, winning 25 (61%) of them.
Frost picked up an assist on each of the Greyhounds’ first two goals. He had the primary helper on Boris Katchouk’s first of the game, and then the secondary assist on Katchouk’s second goal.
A great defensive play by Frost allowed him to steal the puck and feed Katchouk streaking into the zone, who opened the scoring with a great shot.
His second assist came on a simple zone entry, where Frost dished the puck after crossing the blue line for a secondary assist.
The teams were tied at 2 heading into the 3rd period, and that is where they stayed until the Grehounds got a power play midway through the period. Frost made them pay.
He set up in front of the net and buried a rebound.
Frost found the loose puck and slid it past the netminder.
What a clutch goal.
That goal gave the Greyhounds a 3-2 lead with 8:19 left in the period. It looked like it would be the game-winner, but the Rangers tied it up in the final minute, with Bunnaman getting the primary assist.
One overtime wasn’t enough, however, as Jack Kopacka scored four minutes into the second overtime to win the game and the series, 4-3.
Frost stepped up in Game 7 after slowing down a bit earlier in the series. He was held off the scoresheet in Games 3, 4, and 5, with just one point in each of the other three games. He broke out with three points in a huge situation.
Frost now has 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) in 18 playoff games this year.
The Greyhounds won the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as champions of the Western Conference, and now head to the OHL Championship Series. Frost and the Greyhounds will take on another Flyers prospect in the finals. This time it’ll be Matthew Strome and the Hamilton Bulldogs, who won the Eastern Conference.
The best-of-seven series starts later this week, with the winner going to the Memorial Cup.
Photo by James Egan/James Egan’s Sports Photography
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