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Thursday, March 31, 2011

OHL Playoffs - Day 7

Windsor 7 Erie 4 - Windsor leads series 3-1

This was not a goaltenders battle as one would have thought as Windsor went into Erie and took a commanding 3-1 lead in their best of 7 series.

Windsor goalie Jack Campbell allowed 4 goals on 26 shots while Ramis Sadikov 5 goals on 37 shots before Chris Festerini came in 3 minutes into the third and allowed 2 more goals on 11 shots.

Tom Khunhackl led the way for Windsor with 2 goals and 2 assists followed up by Alex Khokhlachev's 2 goals and 1 assist. This si the type of game you'd expect star defenseman Ryan Ellis to shine offensively, but Erie was able to keep him of the score sheet. The biggest surprise was he finished a minus 2 on the night.


Plymouth 6 Kitchener 5 OT - Plymouth leads series 3-1

I don't even know where to begin with this one. This was the best game I have seen Ryan Murphy play defensively in 3 years of watching him. Twice he got in behind his own goalie, Brandon Maxwell and stopped sure goals. Gabriel Landeskog was a force at both ends and showed will and determination in leading his squad. And it all went by the wayside.

The referees allowed these two teams to play the game and called only the obvious "had to call" penalties which created a nice flow to the game. The Rangers had a comfortable lead at 5-3 when, with 1 minute and 45 seconds left in the third period James Livingston scored to pull Plymouth within 1 goal.

Then with Plymouth goalie Scott Wedgewood on the bench for the extra attacker, Jamie Devane scored with 7.6 seconds remaining to force overtime. With goaltender Brandon Maxwell down and out of position, Ryan Murphy went down in front of pretty much the open net to try and make his 3rd save, this one the game saver, but he wasn't able to stop Devane's shot. After he scored, Murphy got up and was knocked down by Devane who took a roughing penalty on the play.

Kitchener started the overtime period on the power play but were unable to score. The dominated the extra session out shooting Plymouth 12-3 until Ranger defenseman Cody Sol took an absolutely foolish and stupid penalty, one of those I earlier called "must call" penalties by the referees.

It took 53 seconds into the pp for Stefan Noesen to score and send Plymouth to victory. Noesen finished the game with 2 goals and 2 assists for Plymouth while Gabriel Landeskog had 2 goals and an assist for Kitchener.

Some people were calling for Mike Morrison to start in this game for the Rangers, and just a hunch I have, but we might see Morrison for game 5.


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