5 KEYS TO GAME 5 OF THE OHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ BURLINGTON
5 Keys to Game 5 OHL Championship Series
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: Hamilton 2 – Soo 3
Game 5 at Sault St. Marie: May 10 at 7:07 pm
GP: 19 G: 9 A: 19 PTS: 28
GP: 22 G: 17 A: 16 PTS: 33
- Offence from the Backend
The Bulldogs’ defensemen did a good job of producing offence in Game 4, unfortunately not all of it showed on the scoreboard. Defenseman Rielly Stillman scored a clutch 3rd period goal to tie the game and had 7 shots on goal in Game 4. His defense partner Justin Lemcke also had a strong game posting an assist and 4 shots on goal. Nicolas Mattinen and Ben Gleason also played well in Game 4, recording 2 and 3 shots respectively and making a number of good plays to get the puck into the offensive zone.
- Battle of the Brick Walls
There were five goals scored in Game 4, but if either goalie was off their game there could have been a lot more. Each goalie took turns making huge saves to keep their team in the game. Kaden Fulcher made his best save in the 1st period when he denied Jordan Sambrook twice in tight and Matthew Villalta made a huge save with 20 seconds left in the game off Matthew Strome to send it in to overtime. Fulcher was awarded the 3rd star of the game for his 28 save performance and Villalta was the 2nd star of the game.
- Who’s Hot?
The Bulldogs’ leader in playoffs plus/minus was huge in Games 3 and 4. The Florida Panthers Prospect had a big 3 assist performance in Game 3 and he had the tying goal in the 3rd period of Game 4. Stillamn is 2nd on the Bulldogs in playoff points amongst defensemen with 13.
Raddysh continues to perform well for the Hounds. The Caledon, Ontario native added an assist in Game 4 to stretch his point streak to 8 games. Over his point streak he has 4 goals, 6 assists and 41 shots on goal.
- Killer Starts
With the Bulldogs hitting the road for Game 5, they’re going to need to start the game strong. In the series, the Bulldogs have outshot the Hounds 66-27 in the opening period and outscored them 6-4. Mackenzie Entwistle has had the hot hand early, scoring 2 of his 3 goals in this series in the opening 20-minutes.
- Free Hockey
The Bulldogs and the Greyhounds have both played in 5 overtime games in these playoffs. Both teams are 3-2 in games that make it to the extra frame. Both teams have had three different players come through with the big goals in their wins. The Bulldogs overtime heroes have been Isaac Nurse, Ryan Moore and Mackenzie Entwistle, while the Greyhounds OT winners have been scored by Jack Kopacka, Tim Gettinger and Noah Carroll.