IceDogs fall to Generals
It’s back to square one for the Niagara IceDogs and Oshawa Generals.
The Generals topped the IceDogs 7-3 decision at home Thursday to even the Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference best-of-seven semifinal playoff series at 2-2.
The IceDogs won the first two games of the series at home but dropped both games at Tribute Communities Centre this week.
Game 5 goes Saturday in Niagara with Game 6 back in Oshawa Monday.
Niagara outshot Oshawa 17-9 in the first period but came out trailing 3-2.
Matthew Philip gave the IceDogs a quick 1-0 lead six minutes into the game before the Generals answered with three goals in a seven-minute span by Anthony Salinitri, Giovanni Vallati and Kyle MacLean. Akil Thomas, back in the lineup after missing the first two games of the series, then got one back for Niagara late in the period when he netted his third of the post-season.
Each team collected 11 shots on net in the second but the only goal came off the stick of Nando Eggenberger, who scored on a power play at the 12:50 mark to give Oshawa a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.
The Generals dominated the final 20 minutes adding goals from Eggenberger, Salinitri and Allan McShane. Jason Robertson netted the lone Niagara goal of the period.
The IceDogs outshot the Generals 39-26.
Oshawa scored three times on the power play in seven opportunities while Niagara went scoreless in five chances with the man advantage.
IceDogs coach Billy Burke was unavailable for comment.
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