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Dakota Mermis Scores OT Goal for 1-0 Win

April 27, 2015 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Oshawa Generals News Release

After 60 minutes with no score, Dakota Mermis scored the OT goal for the 1-0 win over the Battalion just 1:01 into overtime. Kenny Appleby stood in net and blocked a total of 33 shots, earning himself yet another shutout. With tonight's win, game five is set to take place this Friday, May. 01 at 7:35p.m!

It was an evenly matched period as both teams showed their size in the first. Both Oshawa and North Bay were given two power play opportunities each, but were not able to capitalize. Mitch Vande Sompel was noticeable out there as always, and came close to scoring but was cut off by Whitby native, Marcus McIvor. Things were getting intense throughout the period, particularly late in the first, as both teams fought for a goal. Hunter Smith used his body in the opening 20 with two big hits on Mike Amadio. Ryan Kujawinski laid a big hit at the end of the first, which created some heat between the teams. The scrum resulted in two minute minors to both Smith and Kujawinski.

The shots continued in the second, but the goals did not. Neither team could find the back of the mesh, despite 22 shots for North Bay and 23 shots for Oshawa after 40 minutes. Another line scrum ended in two minors to Aidan Wallace and McIvor 12 minutes in. It was a slower start to the second but Oshawa started to pick up their game and control the final few minutes of the period. Although the Gens managed to get some good scoring chances late in the period, the game remained scoreless after two periods of play.

The Gens looked like the hungrier team in the third with six shots just 3:30 into the period. There were no penalties in the third but the Gens continued to throw their bodies around. Oshawa battled hard late in the period and controlled the puck in North Bay's zone for a lot of the period. Vande Sompel had a couple shots while Stephen Desrocher also had a close scoring chance and Smith almost sent a rebound home. Michael Dal Colle was everywhere tonight, using his speed and skill to create many chances for his team. With just 19 seconds to go, Cole Cassels almost ended the game but was stopped by Jake Smith. With no score after 60 minutes of play, the Generals and Battalion went into overtime to decide the winner.

It didn't take long for Oshawa to find their net when it really mattered. Just 1:01 into extra time, Mermis shot home a rebound goal to give the Gens the win in game two. Mike McCarron and Tobias Lindberg were credited the assists on Mermis' game winner.

Tonight's OT win means the Gens will be back at home this Friday, May. 1 at 7:35p.m. for game five. First, they'll head to North Bay for game three on Tuesday Apr. 28 and will be back at the North Bay Memorial Gardens for game four on Wednesday, Apr. 29. To purchase tickets for Friday's game, click here, visit the GM Centre Box Office, or call 1-877-436-8811.

Shots on goal: Generals (39) Battalion (33)

Molson Canadian Three Stars: Appleby 1) J. Smith (2) Mermis (3)

Final score: Generals (1) Battalion (0)

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