Mitch Marner passes to Christian Dvorak (via DRL-Productions/YouTube)
Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak had a 2-on-0 shorthanded break Thursday and Marner looked as though he was going to score on a slick backhand deke. Before he shot the puck, though, Marner slipped it between his legs onto the tape of Dvorak for an easy tally.
London Knights winger Mitch Marner has incredible hands, so when the 18-year-old is heading down ice on a breakaway, it’s hard to blame a netminder for biting on every single fake Marner throws. It’s even harder to blame Erie Otters netminder Devin Williams, as he had to deal with Marner and teammate Christian Dvorak, the OHL’s leading scorer, on a shorthanded 2-on-0.
In the second period of Thursday’s game, Marner and Dvorak, who are third and second in OHL scoring respectively, were on the ice together killing a penalty on a unit that screams counterattack. Marner and Dvorak kept the Otters’ passing to the outside before a shot from Erie’s Travis Dermott was blocked by Dvorak.
With the puck bouncing out of the London zone, Dvorak stick checked Dermott, at which point he swiped and missed a puck that Marner had flipped into the air to send himself and Dvorak in alone on Williams. It looked for a brief moment that Marner was going to go solo on the breakaway, but wait for the pass:
Dvorak has no doubt scored on some nice setups during his time in the OHL, but it’s going to be hard to beat that one by Marner. Williams looks defeated after Dvorak’s shot crosses the line, but points to the Otters netminder for at least making an attempt to reach back the other way to stop the OHL goal-scoring leader’s shot.
Marner, the fourth overall pick at the 2015 draft by the Maple Leafs, added another two assists on the night. As for Dvorak, who the Coyotes selected 58th overall in 2014, he added an assist to his point total earlier in the game.
Otters coach Kris Knoblauch took mercy on Williams in the third period after London scored to make it 6-0. Erie would end up losing the contest 6-1, as London moved to within four points of the Otters’ Midwest Division lead.