Less than 24 hours after Game 4, the two teams met for Game 5 in Oshawa Friday night. Jeremy Brodeur stood tall in net allowing only one goal on 35 shots, and earned the Generals a 4-1 victory over the Wolves. The win gives the Oshawa Generals a 3-2 series lead.
The Wolves played a hard and clean first period that generated a number of great chances, all of which were stopped by Jeremy Brodeur. A shot by Jack Studnicka floated past Jake McGrath to give the Generals a 1-0 lead. That was it for the first period as the Wolves found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first period, but led in shots 10-7.
Brodeur continued to be the difference maker in the second period as he stopped all of the shots the Wolves fired on net. Renars Krastenbergs struck for the Generals 5 minutes and 37 seconds into the period to extend their lead to 2-0. Krastenbergs goal was the lone goal of the period even after a flood of pressure by the Wolves at the end of the second.
The Wolves continued to put pressure on the Generals and it paid off for Dmitry Sokolov as he cut the lead to 2-1. The goal was Sokolov’s fifth in as many games. As the Wolves pressured to tie the game, Brodeur made timely saves to keep the Wolves away. A screened shot by Joe Manchurek skidded past McGrath to solidify a 3-1 lead. An empty net goal in the dying minutes sealed the deal for the Generals as they won by a 4-1 final. Final shots on goal were 35-26 in favour of the Wolves.
The Generals now lead the seven game series 3-2.
The Wolves and Generals will return to Sudbury for a do-or-die Game 6 on Sunday. Game time is at 7pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office which will be open Saturday from 11am-2pm in conjunction with a Fanfest out front of the arena and will open on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are also available online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.