Post Season Preview Round 1: Gens vs. Petes
The Oshawa Generals will be facing off against the rival Peterborough Petes in the first round of the 2019 OHL playoffs. The Gens solidified the matchup against the division rivals after clinching 3rd place in the Eastern conference by jumping the Sudbury Wolves in the standings with a win over them in the final game of the regular season. The series will begin in Oshawa with Games 1 and 2 held on Friday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 24th to spark one of the most intense rivalries in the league.
With their 3rd place finish in the Eastern conference, the Generals completed the regular season with a 44-20-4-0 record for 92 points. Coming in at 6th place in the conference, the Petes held a final record of 33-31-2-2 for 70 points in the regular season.
When looking at the 2018-2019 season series between the two clubs, the Generals had the upper hand by a large margin, coming away with a 6-1-1-0 record in their 8 games played against the Petes. In those 8 regular season contests, the Gens generated tons of offense with 41 goals while limiting Peterborough to 24. Two Gens who showed continued success against the Petes throughout the season were the team-leading scorer Brandon Saigeon and forward Allan McShane, with Saigeon recording 16 points in 9 games (as a member of the Gens and Bulldogs) and McShane with 7 goals and 10 points in 6 games versus the rival team.
As highlighted by the 65 total goals scored in the season series, round one will be a showcase for plenty of offensive talent starting with two key Generals players in Anthony Salinitri and Serron Noel. After joining the Gens through trade early in the season, Salinitri has been on fire as a key member of the stellar group of forwards. In 43 games in a Generals uniform, the winger potted 34 goals and added 26 assists for a 60-point total that included 5 hattrick performances. When added to his stats from his time playing in Sarnia, Salinitri finished the season with an amazing 88 points, making him a dangerous player to watch in this series. Noel didn't finish far behind Salinitri in the points race with a season total of 81. Tallying 5 points in the final 3 contests of the regular season, look for Noel to enter the series with momentum and be an important piece up front for Oshawa.
On the Petes side, two players to watch include forward Nick Robertson and defenseman Ryan Merkley. Robertson lead the team's forward group in points this season, finishing off his second campaign in the league with 27 goals and 28 assists for 55 points in 54 games. Blue liner Ryan Merkley has also been a big contributor to Peterborough's offense with 14 goals and 57 assists for 71 points in 63 games.
Another key matchup to watch for in this series is the battle between the pipes. For Oshawa, goaltender Kyle Keyser put together an incredible MVP-calibre season after recording a 2.75 goals-against average and 0.915 save percentage. His stats, along with a winning record of 32-8-3-0 in his 47 games played, make Keyser a force in the crease and a crucial part of the Gens. Meanwhile, Petes goaltender Hunter Jones concluded the regular season with a 3.31 goals-against average and 0.902 save percentage while holding a record of 28-24-2-2 in 57 games played.
Join us at the Tribute Communities Centre for round one of the playoffs against the Peterborough Petes to watch the intense rivalry unfold!
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