By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
Special teams proved all the difference Tuesday evening as the Oshawa Generals couldn’t capitalize on seven powerplay opportunities, and dropped Game 3 on the road to the Sudbury Wolves 3-2.
Oshawa now trails 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
After splitting the first two games on home ice, the Generals looked to continue their strong starts they’ve managed throughout the playoff series, which has seen the Gens mostly outplay the Wolves during even strength play.
In Game 3, Oshawa would strike first after a turnover initiated by Riley Stillman saw Robbie Burt take a feed from Danil Antropov and score his first of the playoffs to put the Gens ahead.
However, the second period would see the Gens get into penalty trouble, leading to a pair of Wolves powerplay goals, one coming off the stick of Dmitry Sokolov for his third goal of the series.
The special teams would take another hit after Oshawa’s powerplay would give up a shorthanded goal to Michael Pezzetta, falling behind 3-1 going into the third period.
Antropov would be able to beat Wolves goaltender Zach McGrath once more following a harried start to the final frame, but it’s as close as Oshawa would get, with the score notched at 3-2 after the final buzzer.
Game 4 of the series hits the ice in Sudbury tomorrow night at 7 p.m. before shifting back to Oshawa on Friday night for Game 5.