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Gens fall behind early

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

After swiftly taking out the Peterborough Petes in the first round of the playoffs, the Gens find themselves in a hole against the Niagara IceDogs.

Heading into Game 3 on Tuesday evening (after the Oshawa Express’ press deadline), Oshawa was down 2-0 in the series.

With the series starting on the road, Game 2 started with one goal in the first period from the IceDogs’ Ivan Lodnia, putting the Gens at an early 1-0 deficit.

The second period started off similarly with former General Matt Brassard scoring his first goal of the playoffs for Niagara.

In response, Allan McShane took a pass from Serron Noel on Niagara goalie Stephen Dhillon’s stick side, and put it in the back of the net.

However, the IceDogs would add one more in the period, making it 3-1 heading into the third.

Midway through the final period, the IceDogs broke through the Gens defense once again and Jason Robertson beat Kyle Keyser, before adding another in the empty net to finish Oshawa off 5-1.

The Generals were outshot 42-25 while failing to score on any of their five powerplay opportunities.

Game 1 started out much differently for Oshawa as Cole Resnick took only 13 seconds to beat the Niagara defense and score his third of the playoffs on a powerful wristshot.

However, Niagara was able to take full advantage of a powerplay not too long after as they tied the game, making it 1-1 at the end of the first period.

The second period was much like the first as Brandon Saigeon was quick to fire one past Dhillon on the backhand to retake the lead.

However, just under 10 minutes later Drew Hunter scored for the IceDogs to tie the game once again.

After a scoreless third, the Gens and the IceDogs went into overtime where Niagara once again took advantage of the powerplay, and on their seventh overtime shot Robertson scored to hand the Gens the 3-2 overtime loss.

Former Generals captain Jack Studnicka was named the second star of the game,

The Gens were outshot 50-25, and went 0-for-2 on the powerplay, while allowing two powerplay goals themselves.

In all, the Gens have been outshot thus far in the series 92-50, while also being outscored 8-3.

Game 4 takes place Thursday at 7:05 at the Tribute Communities Centre.