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This one's gonna be a war.
Oshawa Wins 5-3
The Generals deep attack is led by Christian Thomas. The fifty-goal man is backed up by Andy Andreoff and Alain Berger. The real offensive story of the season in Oshawa has come from a trio of draft eligible forwards in Nicklas Jensen, Lucas Lessio and Boone Jenner. All three of them bring size and were good for 55+ points this season and in the case of Jensen and Lessio, they did most of their damage from the second line.
The Fronts counter with a solid attack all their own. Kingston’s line-up boasts five twenty-goal scorers in Sean Jones, Nathan Moon, Michael Fine, Ethan Werek and Ryan Spooner. Spooner and Werek give the Fronts serious offensive depth down the middle while Fine, Moon and Jones rack up points on the wing. The Fronts also get contributions from gritty third liners like Cory Durocher, Mitch Lebar and Charles Sarault.
The Generals boast a big five defence corps, led by Captain Calvin de Haan. The slick, puck-moving Captain is buttressed by three hard-nosed defenders in Scott Valentine, Nick Quinn and Daniel Maggio, who are adept as physical shutdown types with some offensive upside. They're complimented by another quality puck mover in Tony DeHart.
On the other side, Kingston has the twin towers of Taylor Doherty (6’8”) and Erik Gudbranson (6’4”) both of whom cracked the 30-point plateau this season. Doherty’s regular partner is six-foot-three Michal Cajkovsky while Gudbranson’s regular partner is two-way threat Mitch Gaulton. Kingston’s bottom pairing sees Alex Gudbranson and Jeff Braithwaite playing together.
There isn’t a team, on pure personnel with a blue-line as deep as Kingston.
The Generals will lean on Peter DiSalvo in the playoffs. The vet won the Eastern Conference last year with the Barrie Colts and his play after coming over in December really stabilized things in the Oshawa goal.
The Fronts will counter with Franky Pallazese for games one and two and hope that last year’s Memorial Cup Champion goaltender, Philip Grubauer has recovered from his bout with mononucleosis in time for to make a difference.
|Team ||Powerplay ||Penalty Kill
|Oshawa Generals ||9th ||11th
|Kingston Frontenacs ||15th ||18th
Oshawa in seven game.