Generals Top IceDogs 6-2

March 27, 2018 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Oshawa Generals News Release

Tonight, the Oshawa Generals welcomed the Niagara IceDogs to town for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Series of the 2018 Playoffs. The Generals were looking to utilize home ice advantage as they worked to battle their way back and even the series.

1st Period:

The Gens came out determined and aggressive to start the game which led to their first chance on the powerplay a couple minutes in. Despite not scoring, the PP unit got a few solid looks on Dhillon as they looked to test the opposing netminder early on. On a semi-breakaway McShane nearly put the Gens in front but was denied by Dhillon. Keyser stood tall through the early stages of the first while the defence did an excellent job of clearing pucks and getting in the lanes to block shots. As the period wore on it became a battle through the neutral zone with both teams searching for sustained pressure in the offensive zone. The bad blood that had been brewing between these two Eastern Conference opponents all series carried over to Game 3 with the two clubs setting the physical tone early on. With one minute remaining in the period, Akil Thomas followed up a rebound shot to give the IceDogs a 1-0 lead. In the dying seconds of the period, the new look line of Krastenbergs, Studnicka and Huether created a couple of good chances during a stretch of sustained pressure. After one, Niagara held a 1-0 lead as well as the slight edge in shots 13-12.

2nd Period:

At 18:45 of the second, Alex Di Carlo ripped a shot from the point past a screened Dhillon for his first career playoff goal to tie the game 1-1. During the IceDogs first opportunity on the man advantage, Keyser and the PK unit came up huge with a couple of tremendous saves and a few timely clears. Midway through the period, after McCool fired a shot off the post and a couple of Gens went crashing to the net, a massive scrum ensued resulting in a powerplay opportunity for the Gennies. After a couple of determined plays to keep the puck in the zone, Studnicka found Danil Antropov at the side of the net for his first goal of the playoffs putting the home team in front 2-1. The pace really started to pick up as bodies crashed and Gens Nation was treated to some end to end action. At 3:41 of the period, Kyle MacLean was the beneficiary of some great puck movement when he followed up a Noel shot for his first goal of the playoffs extending the Generals lead to 3-1. At the end of two, Oshawa led 3-1 as well as held the edge in shots 31-26.

3rd Period:

Continuing were they left off in the second, the Generals worked to push the attack and keep play in the offensive zone. On a partial breakaway, Noel had a golden opportunity to add the Gens lead but was robbed by a sprawling Dhillon. The Gens had a chance on a 5-on-3 powerplay to add some insurance but the IceDogs did a good job of not allowing the PP unit any time or space to set up. During some 4-on-4 action, the Gens were content to protect their lead while also taking the chance to put on the pressure if there was an opportunity. However, at 8:51 of the period Danial Singer scored for the IceDogs to make it 3-2. A minute later, after a determined effort by the captain to track down the puck, Studnicka found Renars Krastenbergs in the slot for his first goal of the playoffs to restore the Gens two-goal lead. In the late stages of the third, Niagara had a chance to cut into their deficit while on the man advantage but Keyser was rock solid coming up with a handful of key stops. At 3:54 of the period, Kyle MacLean danced his way through three defenders to beat Dhillon in a highlight reel goal for his second of the game putting the good guys up 5-2. While on the powerplay and down three goals, the IceDogs decided to pull their goalie for the extra attacker. With the net empty, Alex Di Carlo all but sealed the deal when he potted his second of the game to make it 6-2. The IceDogs would push in the final minutes but both Keyser and the defence held firm and did not allow Niagara the chance to gain any momentum. With the home crowd behind them, the Oshawa Generals were victorious by the final score of 6-2 as Kyle Keyser stopped 39 of 41 shots. Final shots were Oshawa 38 Niagara 41. The Niagara IceDogs lead the series 2-1.

Tickets for Game 4 of the Quarter-Final series against the Niagara IceDogs are on sale! To get your tickets visit the Tribute Communities Centre Box Office, call 1-877-436-881 or click here!

Stay tuned for information on when tickets will be on sale should we need a sixth game in the series.

The Generals and IceDogs will be back in action on Thursday night at the TCC starting at 7:05 pm.

Playoff Schedule:

Thursday, March 29th in Oshawa 7:05pm

Saturday, March 31st at Niagara 7:00pm*

Sunday, April 1st in Oshawa 6:05pm*

Tuesday, April 3rd at Niagara 7:00pm*

(*if necessary)

The Booster Club is planning a bus trip for game five of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals in Niagara on Saturday, March 31st, 2018. Cost of the trip is $50 and includes the bus and ticket to the game.

Contact Karon Shepperdson at 905-571- 2044 to sign up.

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