5 KEYS TO GAME 6 OF THE OHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ BURLINGTON
5 Keys to Game 6 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: Soo 4 – Hamilton 6
Game 6 at Hamilton: May 12th at 2:00 pm
GP: 20 G: 11 A: 19 PTS: 30
GP: 22 G: 18 A: 16 PTS: 34
- Unfamiliar Territory
The Bulldogs have yet to play in a Game 6 in the 2018 playoffs. In Hamilton’s first 3 series they were able to take care of the 67’s, IceDogs, and Frontenacs in 5 games.
When presented with the chance to clinch the series the Bulldogs are 3-0 so far in the playoffs.
The Greyhounds on the other hand have played in 2 Game 6’s in these playoffs and neither of them were the result that they were hoping for. In Round 2 versus Owen Sound the Greyhounds dropped a resounding 7-1 decision to the Attack to force a Game 7. In Round 3 versus the Rangers the Greyhounds made a solid 3rd period comeback in game 6, but ultimately fell short once again.
- Line Changes Paid Dividends
Ahead of Game 5 coach John Gruden decided to tinker with the Bulldogs’ line combinations a little bit and it paid off. The Bulldogs put 34 shots on net including 28 in the first 2 periods and it resulted in six even strength goals that came from five different forwards.
The changes to the lineup went as follows: The Saigeon and Thomas line was joined by Strome, the Caamano and Moore line was joined by Will Bitten, Entwistle got two new linemates in Kaliyev and Studenic, and the Garagan-Burnell line saw the addition of Nurse.
- Who’s Hot?
After an impressive rookie campaign that saw him pour in 31 goals in the regular season, Kaliyev’s postseason production was slow coming in to this series. However it seems that Kaliyev is putting up points for the Black and Gold when they need him the most. In his last four games Kaliyev has scored once and added 4 assists, matching his points production that he had in the first 3 rounds of the playoffs.
The Hounds’ playoff point leader has been good for the Greyhounds. Katchouk was able to pop in his 18th goal of the playoffs in Game 4, which is 5 more than anyone on his team. In his last 3 games Katchouk has scored twice and added 3 assists for 5 points.
- Keep the Pace Up
When asked what was one thing he thought his team did well in Game 4, Coach John Gruden immediately said that he liked the teams pace and how they were skating fast and moving the puck quickly. The Bulldogs were moving so fast that they were able to capitalize on 2 breakaway chances.
- “The 4th One is Going To Be The Hardest”
This is the third time in these playoffs that the Soo has been on the ropes. Expect the Greyhounds to come out hungry in Game 6 and play for their lives. The Bulldogs will look to continue pressuring the Greyhounds on the puck to take away their time and space, as well as, come out of the gate flying and give them the upper hand in this crucial Game 6.