Thanks to a late third-period outburst, the Oshawa Generals find themselves in command of their OHL Eastern Conference first-round series against the Peterborough Petes.
The Generals scored three times in a little more than four minutes to break open a tie game and put the Petes on the brink of playoff elimination with a 5-2 victory, Mar. 28, at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.
Oshawa now leads the best-of-seven series, 3-1, and can wrap it up with a win back on home ice, Mar. 30, at the Tribute Communities Centre.
Anthony Salinitri scored twice and Kyle MacLean, Brett Neumann and William Ennis, into an empty net, added singles for the Generals, who were backstopped by a 26-save performance from CHL Goaltender of the Week Kyle Keyser.
Declan Chisholm and Nick Robertson scored for the Petes, who will have to find a way to stave off elimination on the road after being outscored 15-2 in the opening two games of the series in Oshawa.
Salinitri, as he did numerous times in the regular season, played the role of the hero on this night. With the game tied 2-2 early in the third, the overage forward stripped Liam Kirk of the puck inside the Oshawa blue line and raced down the ice alone before firing it over the right pad of Hunter Jones for the winner and his second of the game at 15:11.
Neumann gave the Generals some breathing room a little more than two minutes later on a wraparound goal, before Ennis sealed the deal at 19:29 with Jones out of the net.
Game time Saturday is 7:05 p.m.
photo: Anthony Salinitri scored twice, including the game winner late in the third period, to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 5-2 victory over the Peterborough Petes in Game 4 of their best-of-seven OHL Eastern Conference first-round series, Mar. 28, at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. Terry Wilson/OHL Images