Devils Prospects Continue in OHL Playoff Action

The OHL playoffs continued with some Devils prospects as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds skated in game four against the Owen Sound Attack and the Mississauga Steelheads were in game three against the Oshawa Generals.

First, the Soo game as the Attack evened their series at two games apiece with a 4-2 victory at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Owen Sound got on the board first with a Chase Campbell goal at 2:07 of the first period.

They would double their lead to 2-0 shorthanded at 4:49 of the second period when Nick Suzuki scored.

The Greyhounds got into the scoring column at 6:10 of the second when Boris Katchouk netted his seventh of the playoffs from Blake Speers and David Miller. But that was all Speers, the Devils’ prospect, could do.

Petrus Palmu scored on the power play at 8:20 of the third frame to win the game for Owen Sound. Morgan Frost did add one for Sault Ste. Marie in the third, but the Attack countered with a Jonah Gadjovich goal one minute and thirty-one seconds after that goal at 16:09 of the third.

In goal Joseph Raaymakers made 37 saves on 41 Owen Sound shots while Michael McNiven, getting the win for the Attack, made 25 saves on 27 Soo shots.

Game five takes place on April 14 in Sault Ste. Marie.

Meanwhile, in Oshawa at the Tribute Communities Centre, the Mississauga Steelheads took a two games to one series lead over the Oshawa Generals with a 7-4 win on the road.

Nicolas Hague got the scoring started for the Steelheads on the power play at 4:37 of the first while Vili Saarijarvi scored at 8:33.

Oshawa got the next two with Renars Krastenbergs scoring at 14:03 of the first and Jack Studnicka finding twine at 16:06, sending the game into the first intermission tied at two.

At the 4:44 mark of the second, though, Mississauga began a rampage. Spencer Watson scored with Michael McLeod getting the lone assist on that goal. Hague netted his second of the game on the power play at 5:27 and Watson got his second with assists to the McLeod brothers (Michael had the primary) at 12:44 of the second.

Oshawa briefly came back into it when Danil Antropov scored at 16:31 on the man adavantage.

But in the third period, Watson completed his hat trick (with Michael McLeod netting another assist) at 7:05 and Brendan Harrogate scored on the power play at 9:48. Oshawa pulled Jeremy Brodeur in favor of Logan Gauthier after Watson completed the hatty.

Krastenbergs of the Generals added one on the power play at 16:36 to make the final 7-4.

One other Devils’ connection in this game is that Kyle MacLean, John MacLean’s son had two shots for the Generals and won three of eight faceoffs taken.

Game four comes on April 13 at Oshawa.

One more note is that the SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL – featuring Devils prospect Yegor Rykov – is currently tied with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Gagarin Cup Finals at one game apiece.

Game three takes place tomorrow. In game two, Rykov, the young defenseman, had a blocked shot in 6:46 of ice time.

Steelheads Even Series Up with 7-3 Victory

The Mississauga Steelheads tied their best-of-seven series with the Oshawa Generals at a game apiece this afternoon with a 7-3 win at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

Oshawa took the early lead off a goal by Renars Krastenbergs at 2:30 of the first period. From that point on, it was all Steelheads.

Ryan McLeod, Trent Fox and Owen Tippett all scored in succession between the 2:50 mark of the first and the 19:53 mark with Devils prospect Nathan Bastian getting the primary assist on Tippett’s goal. Going into the first intermission, it was 3-1 Mississauga.

The Generals got one back early in the second period when Domenic Commissio scored at 4:31. But the Steelheads answered right back, with Jacob Cascagnette socring at the 10:52 mark.

The teams continued to trade goals in the second. Eric Henderson scored at 11:53 for Oshawa and then Spencer Watson scored for Mississauga at 18:11 (with other Devils prospect, Michael McLeod, getting the secondary assist on that goal).

But in the third period, the Steelheads pulled away. Brendan Harrogate scored at the 5:01 mark and then, with a minute left in the game, Matthew Titus put it away for Mississauga.

Jeremy Brodeur made 22 saves on 29 Mississauga shots in getting the loss for the Generals. For the Steelheads, Matthew Mancina made 28 saves on 31 shots in taking the win.

Game three takes place on April 11 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.