Highlights: Game One Highlights
The week leading up to the game on Friday night was filled with Whaler players anxious for the playoffs to start. Something that was visible to anyone watching the game last night. Trocheck started the scoring 1:12 into the first period and the Whalers added another ten goals throughout the opening game of the series to come out with a win 11-2 and take a 1-0 series lead.
Rookie Alex Nedeljkovic got the start for the Whalers, letting only two goals in the game. The first was off a shot from Charles Sarault that bounced off Nedeljkovic’s pad, off Zach Lorentz’s leg and into the net during the Sting’s first of nine power play opportunities in the game. The second came 0:25 seconds into a 5-on-3 Sting powerplay in the second period. Nedeljkovic stopped 31/33 shots for a .939 save percentage, and had some big saves in his first playoff start.
To say that OA J.P. Anderson did not have a good night would be a severe understatement. Anderson saw a full 60 minutes of action last night when he should have only seen 20 after letting in five goals on seventeen shots in the first period. For some reason Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu saw it fit to keep Anderson in despite the number of pucks that ended up in the net behind him.
If I was a Sting fan I would be questioning the actions of GM/Coach Jacques Beaulieu as he saw it fit to keep his backup on the bench and the timeout in his pocket. One would think that after Trocheck’s second goal of the evening, making the score 4-1 with 3:38 remaining in the first, that a timeout would have been called to settle down the players. Granted, I am not the GM/Coach of an OHL team in the playoffs, but there should have been a point where they put in the back up to get some playoff action, especially with game two the next night.
Three Stars of the Game
- Nick Malysa – 3 Assists (Career high)
- Vincent Trocheck – 3 Goals, 2 Assists
- Stefan Noesen – 2 Goals, 1 Assist
Blue Colar Player of the Game
- Sebastian Uvira – 1 Assist
- Alex Nedeljkovic – 0.939%, 2.0 GAA, 31/33 Shots
The Sting will not have much time to rest of change their game plan as game two is tonight at the Compuware Sports Arena and the Whalers are looking to go up 2-0 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.