Saturday Highlights: Otters surge in third to win Game 5
ERIE 6 – LONDON 3 – ER leads series 3-2
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Taylor Raddysh (5) broke open a 3-3 tie on a breakaway midway through the third period before Dylan Strome (7) and Anthony Cirelli (7) tacked on other goals to lead the Erie Otters over visiting London 6-3 in Game 5. The Otters squandered a 2-0 lead before London charged back to take a 3-2 lead. A goaltending change seemingly turned the tide as Joseph Murdaca came in to make 13 save in relief of Troy Timpano and secure the victory in front of a jam-packed Erie Insurance Arena. Jordan Sambrook (1) and Alex DeBrincat (5) opened the scoring for the Otters before Max Jones (6, 7) and Janne Kuokkanen (8) answered for London within a span of 1:10 to give the Knights the lead. Patrick Fellows knotted the score at three with 3:28 remaining in the third, setting up the epic finish. Erie outshot London 39-23 in the win including an edge of 13-4 in the third period. Raddysh finished with a goal and two assists to earn first star honours. Just as they were in the first round, the Knights find themselves on the ropes again headed home for Game 6 on Sunday night down 3-2 in the series.
MISSISSAUGA 3 – OSHAWA 1 – MISS wins series 4-1
The Mississauga Steelheads are off to meet the Peterborough Petes in the Eastern Conference Final after Trent Fox (4) scored the deciding goal with 4:35 left in the second period in a 3-1 victory. Stefan LeBlanc (1) and Nathan Bastian (6) also had Mississauga markers while goaltender Matthew Mancina made 22 saves. The Steelheads outshot the Generals 39-23 as Oshawa’s Kyle Keyser made 36 saves in defeat. The Steelheads are back in the conference final for the first time in team history. The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors reached the final four in 2011, defeating the Niagara IceDogs before going on to be eliminated by the Owen Sound Attack in a seven game OHL Championship Series. Oshawa veterans Medric Mercier, Joe Manchurek and Jeremy Brodeur see their OHL careers come to an end. Manchurek and Brodeur were both parts of Oshawa’s 2015 OHL and Mastercard Memorial Cup Championship effort.