Post Season Preview Round 2 Gens vs. IceDogs
With a 4-1 series win over the Peterborough Petes in Round One of the playoffs, the Oshawa Generals have advanced to the second round where they will meet up with the Niagara IceDogs. After falling to the IceDogs in the first round of last year's playoffs, the Gens enter this series seeking revenge over the central division foes and a ticket to Round Three.
Looking at the regular season series between the two clubs, each team broke even with one win and one loss. In the overall standings, the IceDogs just edged out the Gens with their 95 total points compared to 92 for Oshawa, allowing Niagara to claim second place in the eastern conference and receive home ice advantage in this series.
The Generals enter the second round after coming off their 4-1 series victory over the Peterborough Petes in which they outscored their division rivals 26-9, showcasing their dangerous offense and solid defensive play. Meanwhile, the IceDogs claimed the first round over the North Bay Battalion, who also took the series in five contests after limiting the Battalion to 8 goals and scoring 19 of their own.
One of the biggest stories coming out of Round One for the Gens was the incredible play of goaltender Kyle Keyser. After posting a perfect shutout performance in Game 1 to start off the post-season on fire, the Gens netminder continued the trend as he went on to record a 1.81 goals-against average and a 0.948 save percentage which ranks first among all OHL goalies after the first round.
With Keyser between the pipes for the Gens, the goalie battle will feature IceDogs starter Stephen Dhillon at the other end of the ice. Dhillon also had a stellar first round, posting a 1.41 goals-against average and a 0.943 save percentage. With each team entering the second round with strong goaltenders behind them, the goalie matchup will be a story to watch as the series progresses.
Some key players for the Gens as they head into Round Two include forwards Anthony Salinitri and captain Kyle MacLean. With an amazing regular season statistic of 34 goals in 43 games in a Generals uniform, Salinitri picked up right where he left off to open the playoffs after potting 5 goals against the Petes in the first round. Following along was Kyle MacLean who sits in second on the team in goal scoring with 4 while playing a solid two-way game. With the two forwards leading the way on offense so far, look for each to be important factors for the Gens as they look to break through Niagara's defense in Round Two.
On the IceDogs side, former Generals captain Jack Studnicka has been Niagara's most dangerous player with a strong first round performance. After being acquired by the IceDogs in January from Oshawa along with defenseman Matt Brassard, Studnicka leads the team in points during the post-season with 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points. This series will mark the first time Studnicka will play against Oshawa, in which the Gens will look to shut down the former player and limit Niagara's offense.
With the Generals vs. IceDogs second round matchup set to unfold in Niagara for Games 1 and 2 on Friday and Sunday, join us as the Tribute Communities Centre when the Generals return home on Tuesday, April 9th for Game 3 and Thursday, April 11th for Game 4!
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