A big third period on home ice has the Oshawa Generals right back in their OHL Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Niagara IceDogs.
The Generals broke open a tie game with three third-period goals en route to a much-needed 4-1 win over the IceDogs, Apr. 9, at the Tribute Communities Centre.
Oshawa still trails the best-of-seven series, 2-1, but can even things up with a win in Game 4, Apr. 11, back on home ice. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Tied 1-1 heading into the final frame and the IceDogs threatening to take a commanding series lead, the Generals rose to the occasion in a big way.
Kyle Bollers would score the game winner just 2:40 into the third on a fluke deflection off his right leg.
With Bollers charging in, Mitchell Brewer carried the puck into the Niagara zone along the boards and threw it towards the front of the net. Bollers backhanded the puck toward IceDogs goalie Stephen Dhillon, who threw out the right pad only to have the rebound bounce off Bollers and in. After a lengthy review, the goal stood.
Oshawa would ride the momentum and just seven seconds later Serron Noel made it 3-1 on his second of the game. The Florida Panthers prospect collected the puck off the ensuing faceoff, raced down the right side and threw it towards the net where it bounced off a skate in front and past Dhillon.
Brett Neumann, with the Generals on the power play midway through the final period, completed the scoring when he ripped a rising shot from the slot over Dhillon’s glove.
The Generals came out hard in the opening period, outshooting Niagara, 18-9, but Dhillon would keep this one scoreless heading into the second.
Niagara would be the first to hit the scoreboard and it was the red hot Jason Robertson doing the honours. The OHL’s regular season scoring champ scored his fifth goal of the series when he beat Oshawa goaltender Kyle Keyser on a wraparound at 6:27 of the middle frame.
Noel would draw the Generals even late in the second. With Oshawa on the power play, the big forward pounced on a rebound in front off a Brandon Saigeon shot and jammed it past Dhillon.
Saigeon and Vallati had two assists each for the Generals, who outshot Niagara, 35-29.
photo: Serron Noel scored twice to help lead the Oshawa Generals to a 4-1 win over the Niagara IceDogs in OHL Eastern Conference Semifinal action, Apr. 9, at the Tribute Communities Centre. Terry Wilson/OHL Images