Wednesday, April 24th, 2019: Round Three Game 4 – Oshawa Generals vs. Ottawa 67’s
The Generals hit the ice tonight for their second home game of the series at the Tribute Communities Centre as they took on the Ottawa 67’s in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. While the team had a tough start to the series after falling down 3-0 to Ottawa, the Gens looked to stay alive tonight and come up with a win at home to get back into the series.
Tonight’s contest began with a pre-game ceremony to honour Gens alumni from the 2015 Memorial Cup winning team in Brady Latour, Matt Mistele, Will Petschenig, Michael McCarron, and Josh Brown who dropped the ceremonial puck to kick off the evening.
The Gens came out of the gate ready to play, generating lots of offensive zone time early and getting a few good looks on net. Throughout the opening half of the first, the Gens continued to drive the play and throw pucks on net, but 67’s goaltender Michael DiPietro was able to stop them. Just past the halfway point of the first, Oshawa was called for the game’s first penalty for a check to the head to put them on the penalty kill. With a strong defensive effort, the Gens were able to hold off Ottawa’s powerplay and keep the game scoreless. Nearing the final the minutes of the period, each team took two-minute minors to put the play at 4-on-4. Neither team was able to open the game’s scoring with the extra room on the ice, keeping the game at 0-0 heading into the first intermission.
The Generals once again came out flying to start the period, this time being rewarded with the game’s first goal off a chip in front by Ty Tullio that found the back of the net, putting Oshawa up 1-0. After the goal, Gens net minder Kyle Keyser came up clutch with a few big saves to keep Oshawa’s lead. Continuing his strong play throughout the first half of the second, Keyser shut down the surging 67’s as the period progressed. At the midway point of the period, the 67’s received a penalty for kneeing that resulted in a scrap breaking out between Serron Noel and Nikita Okhotyuk. On the resulting Gens powerplay, Oshawa gave up a shorthanded breakaway, but Keyser came up with a massive glove save to rob Ottawa’s chance. After going unsuccessful on the powerplay, the Gens got another chance on a 5-on-3 opportunity with four minutes left in the period after the 67’s took two penalties in a row. While they were able to set up a good cycle on the opportunity, Oshawa couldn’t find the back of the net and headed into the game’s final frame with a 1-0 lead.
In the opening half of the third period, the Gens were able to hold off the 67’s as they looked for their first goal of the game. With Ottawa pushing hard to tie things up, Keyser remained a rock in the crease and shut down their chances as they threw everything at the net. With just under five minutes left in the period, Serron Noel was sprung on a partial break that he was nearly able to bury but the puck just stayed out of the net. In the dying minutes of the third, the 67’s were able to get set up in Oshawa’s end, but Keyser made several clutch saves to stop them. With just over two minutes remaining, Ottawa pulled DiPietro to get the extra attacker on the ice. While defending their zone, the Gens took a delay of game penalty after clearing the puck out of play. Right after taking the first infraction, Oshawa was called again for a check to the head penalty to put the play at 6-on-3 for the 67’s. With twice as many men on the ice as the Gens, Ottawa was able to find the tying goal to knot the game at 1-1 and send it into overtime.
With the Gens starting the overtime still killing the last penalty taken in the third, the 67’s were able to get set up in Oshawa’s zone with Tye Felhaber wristing a shot past the Gens to close out the game and the series.
With the close 2-1 overtime fall to Ottawa, the Gens were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals after a great season and post-season run.
The Oshawa Generals would like to thank sponsors, staff, our overage players in Brandon Saigeon, Anthony Salinitri, and Nicolas Mattinen for their hard work and dedication, and all the incredible fans for your passion and support for the Gens this year! We look forward to seeing you again next season Gens Nation!