The Oshawa Generals play their fifth game of their second-round series against the Steelheads this afternoon during Easter weekend! A thrilling Game 4 in Oshawa saw the Steelheads come out with a 4-3 win after surviving a late rally from the Generals who scored all three goals in the final period. The Steelheads lead the series 3-1 coming into this afternoon’s matchup and the Generals are looking for a win to extend their season.
Thursday night’s game saw the Steelheads jump out to a 4-0 lead through the first two periods, but the Generals battled back to score three unanswered goals in the third period falling one goal short of extending the game into overtime. Medric Mercier scored his first two goals in his final OHL playoffs and Florida Panthers prospect Riley Stillman added his 9th and 10th points of the playoffs with two helpers. After coming in midway through the second period Kyle Keyser stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced, giving his teammates the much-needed boost from the defensive end to execute in the Steelheads zone.
The Generals defence will have to be at its best today as the Steelheads offence has proven to be a difficult force. Vili Saarijarvi is second among skaters with three power play goals while Captain Michael McLeod sits fourth in goals scored with six and second in overall points with 17. In Tuesday night’s game Spencer Watson recorded a hat trick putting him first overall with 10 goals scored, six of those coming against the Gens. Oshawa will have the tough assignment of keeping these three off the scoreboard for the remainder of the series, something they did a good job of in the regular season.
Since taking game one in Mississauga the Generals have had no problems scoring this postseason as Jack Studnicka, Renars Krastenbergs, and Joe Manchurek each have at least four goals. Studnicka and Krastenbergs are both having spectacular post seasons with Studnicka leading the team in assists and points with 9 and 14, and Krastenbergs leading the team with 6 goals, three of which have come in the last three games. Two veterans who are putting up solid numbers in the playoffs are Riley Stillman with 10 points in 10 games, 9 of which have come as helpers, and Joe Manchurek who has showen balance in his offensive game with four goals and four helpers. The Generals will need a full team effort to push to extend their season this afternoon.
Should the Generals win this afternoon the next two games will be in Mississauga with Game 6 going Sunday afternoon and Game 7 on Tuesday, April 18th. You can listen live to all Generals games both home and away on the Generals mobile app. Download it now!
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