5 KEYS TO GAME 4 OF THE OHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ BURLINGTON
5 Keys to Game 4
Game 1 at Sault St. Marie: Soo 3 – Hamilton 4 OT
Game 2 at Sault St. Marie: Soo 4 – Hamilton 2
Game 3 at Hamilton: Hamilton 6 – Soo 5
Game 4 at Hamilton: May 9th at 7 pm
GP: 18 G: 9 A: 18 PTS: 27
GP: 21 G: 16 A: 16 PTS: 32
- Feed the Home Crowd
FirstOntario Centre was rocking on Monday for Game 3 of the OHL Championship Series, and they were not disappointed. 7,349 roaring fans came out to watch the Black and Gold take a 2-1 series lead and with the level of noise and energy that the fans brought to the game, it is no wonder the Bulldogs looked to be flying out there. Game 4 should be no different for Hamilton, as the home crowd energy should be easy to feed off.
- Offensive Surge at Even Strength
Of the 6 goals that the Bulldogs scored on Greyhounds goaltender Matthew Villalta in Game 3, 5 of them came at even strength. Ryan Moore, Riley Stillman, and Brandon Saigeon all managed to pick up 2 points at even strength. Saigeon snapped in 2 goals, while Moore and Stillman each had 2 assists. Scoring at even strength will be key for the Bulldogs, as the Greyhounds have limited them to just 8 power play opportunities through the first 3 games in this series.
- Who’s Hot
The Grimsby, Ontario native has at least a goal in each of the 3 games in this series. So far, Saigeon has recorded 4 goals and 1 assist against the Soo in this series. His wicked shot has been lethal against Villalta, as each of Saigeon’s 4 goals have come from quick hard shots. Saigeon was named the 3rd star of the game in Game 2, and took 1st Star honours in Game 3.
The hulking New York Rangers prospect had a solid Game 2 and was named the 2nd star of the game as a result. Gettinger scored twice in Game 3 to give him a total of 6 goals and 20 points in the playoffs.
- Avoid the Penalty Box at all Costs!
The Bulldogs gave the Greyhounds six power play opportunities in Game 3. Of the six, the Soo managed to pot three goals, each of which cut a Bulldogs lead down to one goal. When playing a high-powered offensive team like the Greyhounds, it is vitally important that you do not give them any sort of leg up.
- Scoring Chances off the Rush
The Bulldogs are a very skilled team that can give opposing defenders nightmares when they use their speed. As a result, the Bulldogs managed to score 5 of their 6 goals off the rush in Game 3. When a team moves that fast with the puck and is also able to pass it very well at that speed, they’re going to be extremely tough to beat. Look for the Bulldogs to continue to generate offence off controlled zone entries, and smart passing.