It seemed like a series of teams heading different directions. The Ottawa 67’s had traded away their star player, Travis Konecny, but were playing great hockey to close the season, winning six straight games, making them a popular upset pick. After all, it was the IceDogs who had looked like a Memorial Cup contender to start the year, but limped out of the gate, failing to meet expectations on the way. Niagara’s talent was able to step up their games when the playoffs rolled around, and it was those big name players that led the way.
The first three games in the series had gone as expected, with the home team winning each game, and all of those games being close, but high scoring games. Game 4 in Ottawa was a crucial game, as it could either bring Ottawa even with Niagara, or give the IceDogs the stranglehold on the series they needed, and both teams played like it too. A Pavel Jenys goal in the first period seemed like it might be the only goal, and it was, until the dying minutes of the third period. With just over five minutes left in the third period, overager Nathan Todd evened up the game, sending the two teams into overtime. Unfortunately for Ottawa, Niagara’s own overager, Jordan Maletta, managed to score the game winner just 46 seconds into the extra frame, securing a 2-1 win and a 3-1 series lead for the IceDogs.
By the time Game 5 rolled around, the 67’s were out of gas, and the IceDogs were clicking, as Niagara would go on to win the game 5-2, and would move on to the second round of the OHL Playoffs.
Josh Ho-Sang – 5GP, 2G 9A 11Pts, +1
Pavel Jenys – 5GP, 5G 2A 7Pts, +3
Vince Dunn – 5GP, 2G 4A 6Pts, Even
Nathan Todd – 5GP, 4G 5A 9Pts, +3
Artur Tyanulin – 5GP, 1G 6A 7Pts, +2
Travis Barron – 5GP, 2G 4A 6Pts, +2
Alex Nedeljkovic (4-1-0-0) 2.81 GAA, 0.884 Sv%, 0 SO
Leo Lazarev (1-3-1-0) 3.44 GAA, 0.892 Sv%, 0 SO
Series At A Glance
Game 1: Ottawa 4 @ Niagara 5
Game 2: Ottawa 3 @ Niagara 5
Game 3: Niagara 2 @ Ottawa 4
Game 4: Niagara 2 @ Ottawa 1 OT
Game 5: Ottawa 2 @ Niagara 5