Game 3 – Quebec Remparts vs Oshawa Generals
Final Score: Quebec 4 – Oshawa Generals 5 ( Overtime )
After two regulation one-goal games that came down to the wire, this phenomenal tournament continued with the third game going to overtime. Unlike the previous games of the tournament, neither goalie seemed particularly dominant. One or two additional key saves from either goalie could have drastically changed the outcome of this game.
Although Oshawa controlled the puck for the vast majority of the game, Quebec were opportunistic offensively, thus putting pressure on Oshawa to continue scoring.
Once again, Oshawa did a great job of maintaining control of the puck and obtaining the majority of chances. They are a much bigger team than the Remparts, and wisely used that to their advantage. Hunter Smith and Michael McCaaron were dominant deep in the offensive zone.
Quebec’s best asset was their explosiveness. Playing against a team that allowed few chances, they had to be opportunistic and capitalize on their chances. They had difficulty getting established in the Oshawa zone but were able to generate scoring off the rush.
Anthony Duclair: I still have my doubts about his ability to become an impactful player at the pro level. However, his athleticism is impressive. He is a fast, dynamic skater, and can beat guys on the first three strides. His decision-making in transition and puck control need work. Will also need to work on discipline. Retaliation will not be tolerated at the next level.
Dmytro Timashov: From one viewing to the next, I am not sure what to expect from Timashov. Consistency will need to be an area of focus in his development. Tonight’s Timashov was on top of his game. He was dynamic, explosive, in control, and his accurate shot makes him a threat anytime he has the puck on offence.
Michael McCaaron: The Canadiens prospect was impressive. Not only was he good at winning faceoffs, he was able to create scoring chances off the draw. His strong play down low and in the slot gave future teammate Zach Fucale a hard time. I have often said that McCaaron is an underrated playmaker. He sees the play nicely, and makes solid, accurate passes. He can look clumsy at times controlling the puck, which is normal for a 19 year old giant. This should improve over time. His 10 shots lead the team tonight.
Tobias Lindberg: He is one of my favorite players on this strong Oshawa team. He has great offensive tools at his disposal: A strong accurate shot, good hands, and good speed. What sets him apart is his dynamic play in the offensive zone and his high hockey IQ. He has a keen eye for finding the open ice and getting himself in position to shoot quickly. As soon as the space closes up, he quickly moves to a different position. He is a nightmare to defend, as he forces the defence to either abandon their position, thus creating a hole defensively, or leaving him open for a pass, where he can make you pay.