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 Oshawa Generals

Niagara Wins Game Three at Home

April 15, 2015 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Oshawa Generals News Release

The Generals were unable to take home the win in Niagara tonight after putting up two wins on home ice this weekend. Heading into game three with a 5-3 loss, the IceDogs brought their fight back in Front of their home crowd tonight . Although it was a 7-3 loss for your Gens, Appleby made many great saves, which kept the Gens within reach of the IceDogs.

The IceDogs gained an early lead just 27 seconds into the first as Billy Jenkins scored his first of three goals. This created a physical tone for the game to say the least. Oshawa recovered from the early goal as Tobias Lindberg tied the game up with his fifth of the playoffs 7:56 into the first. Your Oshawa Generals continued to be first to the puck with constant pressure on the IceDogs. Cody Payne created the Gens first power play of the game after being called for roughing on Appleby. The Gens got their first and only lead of the night after Aidan Wallace made a great shot off Michael Turners rebound to put the Gens up 2-1. Dakota Mermis got whistled for high-sticking and while on the power play, Brendan Perlini responded with a quick goal to tie things up. With 10 seconds left in the first period of play, Cole Cassels received two minutes for interference on the Icedogs goalie after a rush to the net.

The second period started off with some four on four hockey for just 22 seconds. The Generals killed off the penalty and made their way to the power play after interference was called on Zach Wilkie. As Wilkie hit Matt Mistele from behind, they both got sent to the box as Mistele was called for diving. Four on four hockey didn't last for long as Josh Ho-Sang got whistled for cross checking against Dakota Mermis on the one-on- one. After Appleby made a great first save Jenkins sent home the rebound for his second of the night. Mikkel Aagaard and Cole Cassels exchanged some words after the whistle, which sent them to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct. Just after, an unhappy Ho-Sang sent the Gens to their second four on three for just over a minute. Mermis had a beautiful one timer on the powerplay but Brandon Hope was there to make the save. The IceDogs made it 4-2 after Mikulovich beat Appleby up top with under two minutes to go. As the second period came to an end with 22 seconds left, Michael McCarron got sent to the box for interference against Haydon. Niigata managed to put more shots on goal after the second with 17 compared to 11 for Oshawa.

After a hard fought 40 minutes, the Generals did their best to come out strong in the third. This was difficult as they got called for too many men on the ice creating a five on three for the IceDogs only one minute into the period. With two extra bodies on the ice, Carter Verhaeghe put a one timer past Appleby to put his team up 3-2. Just moments later Ken Appleby made an amazing toe save which kept the Gens in reach. Both Ho-Sang and Latour sat after bumping each other after the whistle. The physical game went on as Stephen Desrocher got two for cross-checking. The penalty kill was no problem for our captain Josh Brown as he captured his first goal of the playoffs, short handed, with a beautiful pass from Michael McCarron. The IceDogs Billy Jenkins scored his third of the game for the hat trick making it a three-goal lead. The penalties continued as Wilkie got called for delay of game, which allowed a six on four opportunity to the Gens with Appleby to the bench. Aagaard found the empty net after a long fought battle from your Gens, which made it a final score of 7-3 in game three.

Game me four is back in Niagara this Thursday, Apr. 14 at 7:00p.m. With game five now stet, the boys will return to the GM Centre for a 7:35p.m. puck drop. Grab your tickets early to secure your seats for an exciting matchup! You can purchase them by visiting the GM Centre Box Office, by calling 1-877-436-8811 or online. Don't forget our Ontario Motor Sales pre-game tailgate will be on two hours before the game. See you Friday!

Shots on goal: Generals (41) IceDogs (41)

Molson Canadian Three Stars: Jenkins (1) Maletta (2) Verhaeghe (3)

Final score: Generals (3) IceDogs (7)

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