Team Orr routs Team Cherry in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
Halifax Mooseheads’ Timo Meier tallied three points in helping Team Orr defeat Team Cherry 6-2 on Thursday night at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in St. Catherines, Ont.,.
Meier, six-foot-one, impressed NHL scouts and management playing alongside Travis Konecny and Connor McDavid on Team Orr’s top line. The Mooseheads leading goal-scorer scored once before adding two assists in Team Orr’s fifth consecutive win over Don Cherry’s squad. The Baden, Switzerland native is ranked 12th among North American skaters by the Central Scouting Service. Meier, who represented his native country at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, has 56 points with the Mooseheads this season.
Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ryan Pilon opened the scoring for Bobby Orr’s team. The Prince Albert, Sask., product snuck a wrist shot past Blainville-Boisbriand Armada’s Samuel Montembeault for the eventual game-winning goal. Pilon, six-foot-two, is ranked 31st among North American skaters by the CSS ahead of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla.,.
Konecny put Team Orr up by three early in the third period with his first of two goals on the night. The 67’s captain was named player of the game for his squad finishing with two goals and an assist. Konecny has been red hot in the OHL as of late. The London, Ont., native has goals in four consecutive games with the 67’s. Konency is one of three players who participated in the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be selected in the 2014 KHL Draft. The 2013 Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario Player of the Year was drafted 25th overall by Dinamo Riga last summer. Konecny is ranked 26th among North American skaters by the CSS. The first overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection is second in team scoring with 41 points this season.
Saint John Sea Dogs Nathan Noel and Portland Winterhawks Paul Bittner rounded out the scoring for Team Orr.
The goaltending tandem of Prince Albert Raiders Nick McBride and 67’s Liam Herbst was perfect in net for Team Orr. McBride began the game stopping 11 shots. Herbst impressed stopping 21 Team Cherry shots.
Montembeault stopped 15-of-17 shots during his turn in net for Team Cherry. Owen Sound Attack’s Michael McNiven turned aside 8-of-12 shots for Don Cherry’s team.
Erie Otters Dylan Strome was named player of the game for Team Cherry. Strome is second in OHL scoring with 90 points.
McDavid finished Thursday evening with one assist. The undisputed number one pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft has 18 points in his last 8 appearances with the Otters in the OHL.
The 2015 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June, 26 through June, 27 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.,.