5 Keys to Game 3 Championship Series
Game 1 @ Sault St. Marie: Soo 3 – Hamilton 4 OT
Game 2 @ Sault St. Marie: Soo 4 – Hamilton 2
Game 3 @ Hamilton: May 7th at 7:00 pm
GP: 17 G: 9 A: 18 PTS: 27
GP: 20 G: 16 A: 13 PTS: 29
GP: 20 G: 13 A: 16 PTS: 29
- Power Play Coming to Life
Coming into Game 2 the Bulldogs had not scored a power play goal in 4 games going 0/15 over that stretch. The Bulldogs snapped this streak in Game 2 going 2 for 4 with the man advantage. Mackenzie Entwistle popped one in in front of the net in the 1st period for his 8th of the playoffs and Brandon Saigeon ripped one past Villalta in the 3rd period for his 14th of the playoffs overall and his league leading 8th on the powerplay.
The Bulldogs return home for Game 3 where their power play has been rock solid, going 12/39 (30.8%).
- Get to the Net!
As Coach Gruden said in his post game press conference after Game 2, the team needs to continue to throw pucks to the net and get traffic in front of goalie Matthew Villalta. Hamilton has outshot their opponents in all but 2 games in the post season, posting a record of 11-3 when doing so. Combined between Games 1 and 2, the Bulldogs outshot the Greyhounds 68-65, however the majority of Hamilton’s shots came in the 1st two periods as they were outshot by 7 in the 3rd period of Game 1, and 3 shots in the 3rd period of Game 2.
- Who’s Hot?
Saigeon has had a great start to the OHL Championship Series with 2 goals and 1 assist in the first 2 games. Saigeon scored both of his goals this series using his terrific snap shot, once on the power play, and once at even strength. Saigeon sits 1st on the Bulldogs in playoff goals with 14 and 3rd on the team in points with 19.
Frost has been hot over his 4-game point streak, scoring 3 goals and adding 5 assists. Frost came up big in Game 2 with two goals and an assist in a winning effort. The Philadelphia Flyers Prospect is 1st on the Grehyhounds in playoff assists with 17 and 3rd in points with 26.
- Home Ice Advantage
The Bulldogs are 8-1 at home in the playoffs and have won 7 games in a row on home ice, defeating the 67’s, the IceDogs and the Frontenacs. They’ve managed to outshoot their opponents in all of those games.
- Drawing penalties
Despite having the 4th best penalty kill in the regular season, the Soo’s penalty kill has not been great in these playoffs, killing at just a 75.6% rate. The Bulldogs need to take advantage of this flaw in order to get a leg up on them.