Tuesday, April 9th, 2019: Round Two Game 3 – Oshawa Generals vs. Niagara IceDogs
The Generals returned home tonight to the Tribute Communities Centre for Game 3 of their second round series against the Niagara IceDogs. After starting off the series strong but just coming up short with an overtime loss, the Gens fell down 2-0 behind the IceDogs who claimed their two home games. With Oshawa getting their back-to-back contests at home for Games 3 and 4, the Gens looked to get back into the series as the IceDogs arrived in town tonight.
Tonight’s contest began with a pre-game ceremony welcoming the new prospects drafted by the Generals in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. Also being welcomed were Gens alumni and OHL Champions from the 1960s Billy Little and Ian Young who dropped the ceremonial puck to kick off the evening.
The Gens got off to a tough start after taking an early penalty for slashing to give the IceDogs the game’s first powerplay. However, with a strong penalty kill the Gens were able to hold off Niagara’s offense and keep the game scoreless. After the kill, the Gens came close to potting a goal off a one-timer by Brett Neumann, but a Niagara player knocked the net off during a scramble in front of the net which resulted in a penalty for delay of game and a Gens powerplay. While Oshawa had a few good looks on net and sustained pressure with the man advantage, they couldn’t find the back of the net, keeping the game at 0-0. In the latter half of the first, the Gens were able to control the play and get lots of chances on net, but IceDogs goaltender Stephen Dhillon stood tall to deny the Generals offense. Finishing the period with double Niagara’s shots at 18-9, the Gens entered the intermission ahead on the shot clock but tied 0-0 on the scoreboard.
To open the second, both teams exchanged chances early as the play went back and forth with speed. However, it was the IceDogs who were able to get past the Gens first as Jason Robertson scored a wraparound goal to put Niagara up 1-0. Just before the halfway point in the period, the IceDogs were called for a tripping penalty to give the Gens powerplay another chance but came up just short after getting a couple good chances on net. With eight minutes remaining in the period, each team received roughing calls to put the play at 4-on-4. With the extra room on the ice, the Gens and IceDogs exchanged chances but neither could get one past the opposing team’s goaltender. In the last few minutes of the period, the IceDogs took a penalty for hooking to give the Gens a man advantage to finish off the second. Making no mistake on the powerplay, Serron Noel buried a rebound in front of the net off a shot from Brandon Saigeon to tie up the game at 1-1. In the dying seconds of the period, Oshawa goaltender Kyle Keyser came up huge with a save on former Gens captain Jack Studnicka to keep the game tied heading into the final frame.
The Generals started off the period with tons of physicality, laying into the IceDogs with plenty of hits. Building off the physical play, Oshawa took the play into Niagara’s end with Kyle Bollers skating hard to the net and the puck deflected off him and behind Dhillon to give the Gens a 2-1 lead. The Gens weren’t done there, as Serron Noel immediately took the play back into the IceDogs end off the resulting faceoff and buried his second of the night just seven seconds after Bollers’ to give the Gens a commanding two-goal lead. Minutes after Oshawa’s goals, Kyle Keyser made a big stop to preserve the Generals lead. Just past the halfway point in the period, the IceDogs were called for tripping to give Oshawa a powerplay. With the powerplay on fire, Brett Neumann ripped a perfect one-time shot top corner past Dhillon to put the Gens up 4-1. Continuing his outstanding play, Keyser made a big glove save off a Niagara chance with just over five minutes left in the third. Finishing off the period strong, the Gens held off the IceDogs offense and brought home their three-goal lead for a 4-1 win in Game 3!
After tonight’s clutch win in Game 3 to cut Niagara’s series lead in half at 2-1, the team will remain at home with momentum on their side to battle the IceDogs again in Game 4 on Thursday at 7:05pm! Click here to buy your Round Two tickets!
Round Two Home Schedule:
Game 4 – Thursday, April 11th at 7:05pm
Game 6 (if needed) – Monday, April 15that 7:05pm