Dallas Stars forward prospect Jason Dickinson and the Guelph Storm won the OHL Championship Series over the weekend, defeating fellow Stars forward prospect Nick Paul and the North Bay Battalion in five games.
Dickinson, Dallas’ first round pick (29th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, and the Storm will now advance to the Memorial Cup, which begins Friday in London, Ontario.
Paul, the Stars’ fourth round pick (101st overall) in 2013, had his season come to an end.
Game 3, Tuesday May 6, at North Bay: Guelph 4, North Bay 3
Dickinson assisted on the game-winning goal as Guelph scored two goals in the final 30 seconds to rally for a 4-3 victory and a 2-1 lead in the series. North Bay took a 3-2 lead into the final minute of the game, but Guelph tied with 30 seconds remaining and then won it with 11 seconds left in regulation when Brock McGinn knocked home the rebound of a Dickinson shot during a scramble in front of the North Bay net.
Dickinson had one assist on the night. Paul had no points for North Bay.
Game 4, Wednesday May 7, at North Bay: Guelph 10, North Bay 1
Dickinson scored two goals and assisted on one other as Guelph routed North Bay, 10-1, to take a 3-1 lead in the OHL Championship series.
Guelph built a 3-0 lead in the first period and Dickinson scored twice in the second period as Guelph tallied five more times to extend its lead to 8-0.
Dickinson was named the second star of the game.
Paul scored the lone goal for North Bay.
Game 5, Friday May 9, at Guelph: Guelph 4, North Bay 3
Guelph fell behind 3-1, but scored three unanswered goals to win, 4-3, and take the OHL Championship Series and advance to the Memorial Cup.
Dickinson had no points for Guelph.
Paul scored a power play goal in the first period to put North Bay up 1-0 in the game.
*Dickinson finished tied for fifth in OHL playoff scoring with 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) in 20 games. His 16 assists ranked fifth. He tied for fourth with a plus-20 rating.
*Paul tied for third in OHL goal scoring with 12 in 22 games. He finished 11th in playoff scoring with 18 points (12 goals, 6 assists).
*Joining Dickinson and Guelph at the Memorial Cup will be the champions of the Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the OHL’s London Knights, this year’s host team. Stars prospect Gemel Smith (fourth round/2012) plays for London and also will play at the Memorial Cup Tournament.
*The WHL and QMJHL championship series have both gone to a seventh game. Edmonton and Portland decide the WHL championship Monday night. Baie-Comeau and Val-d'Or settle the QMJHL title on Tuesday.
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