Mississauga IceDogs defeat Oshawa Generals in opening round

By Glen Jackson





Last night the Mississauga Ice Dogs made franchise history by defeating<br />the Oshawa Generals 6-1 in the seventh game of their first round series






Last night the OHL Mississauga
IceDogs made franchise history by defeating the Oshawa Generals 6-1 in the seventh game of their first
round series. For the IceDogs, it is their first ever playoff series win in
franchise history.

 

Nineteen-year-old OHL
rookie center Lukas Grauwiler
from
Zurich, Switzerland was the game’s first star, collecting a goal
and an assist along with a plus two rating.
Fellow rookie center Cody Bass
chipped in with an assist. It was the
second point of the playoffs for the 17-year-old and earned him the game’s
second star honor. Detroit Red Wings
defensive prospect Kyle Quincey picked up two assists, giving him four for the
playoffs, and was named third star.

 

In the series overall,
goaltender David Shantz
continued his strong play and leads all playoff goalies with a 1.34 GAA, .945
save percentage, and two shutouts. Shantz is ranked second for North American goalies for the
2004 entry draft by the Central Scouting Bureau after WJC gold medalist Al Montoya of the
University of Michigan.

 

Third year veteran left
wing Tom Zanoski
leads the IceDogs with a total of seven points for the 2004 playoff
campaign.

 

Right wing Brad Efthimiou,
the team’s second leading scorer in the regular season, potted one goal and has
three points thus far (1 goal, 2 assists).

 

Rookie winger Chad Painchaud finished
the series with one goal and two assists as well. He’s ranked 41st by the CSB for
North American skaters in the upcoming entry draft.

 

The Minnesota Wild’s Patrick O’Sullivan was a factor in virtually
every game of the series and had an assist in game seven which gave him a total
of six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in this post season. He is the IceDogs
all time playoff scoring leader with seventeen points (4 goals, 13 assists) and
will continue to add to that total in the team’s next series.

 

The Generals hung in
with the IceDogs through the series, forcing a
seventh game after a dramatic game six win in which Philadelphia Flyers’ antagonist
Ben Eager scored at 3:29 of the
second overtime, sending the series back to
Mississauga. The chippy left winger finished the series with a team leading five
points and a whopping thirty one minutes in penalties. He ended the 2003-04 regular season second in
scoring for the Generals with 52 points (25 goals, 27 assists), and eighth in
the OHL for PIMs with 204.

 

Nineteen-year-old
right wing Chris Hulit
finished the series with three goals and one assist. He is ranked 102nd for North
American skaters by the CSB for the 2004 entry draft.

 

Ranked 23rd
by the CSB for 2004, left wing Adam Berti finished the series with only two assists and a
minus five rating. He accumulated forty
six points (17 goals, 29 assists) in sixty five games during the regular
season.

 

OHL rookie defenseman Bret Nasby,
ranked 88th, finished the series with three assists, almost half of
what the defensive defenseman collected in the regular season (0 goals, 7
assists).

 

The IceDogs next series begins tomorrow, April 1st,
versus the Barrie Colts in
Barrie. The winner will appear in the
Eastern Conference Finals against either the St. Michael’s Majors or Brampton
Battalion.

 

The IceDogs had a slight edge on the Colts in the season series
(2-1-3) and will continue to rely on top performances from all of their players
starting with Shantz.

 

Last season was the IceDogs first playoff appearance and they lost in five
games to the Ottawa 67’s, who eventually went on to lose to the Kitchener
Ranger’s in the OHL finals.