Donnay’s Otters down Halverson’s Greyhounds
Just the one matchup featuring two New York Ranger prospects and their teams going head to head on Sunday. Troy Donnay’s (2013 UFA) Erie Otters were hosting Brandon Halverson’s (2014 second) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in game three of the OHL’s Western Conference finals.
Donnay’s Otters came away with a 4-2 win to take a 2-1 series lead over the Greyhounds. Donnay would have a secondary assist on the Otters first goal and play a bit part on the Otter’s second goal to go along with a +1 and two minors.
Halverson the stats are going to make it look like he played badly as he gave up three goals on the Otters first three shots of the game while stopping the remaining 18 shots the Otters took at him. To be fair to Halverson, two of the goals were scored by Connor McDavid who is 18-14-32 in just 12 games.
McDavid has turned this series into his own personal infomercial as to why he is hands down the clear and only choice to be the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Three games into this series and McDavid is 7-2-9 including this NHL quality shorthanded goal that put the Otters up 2-0 in the first period.
This was the second goal that Troy Donnay would have a part in as he was the one in the penalty box when McDavid did his highlight reel goal.
The other factor that fans are not seeing is the Greyhounds are getting outcoached by the Otters. The coach of the Otters Kris Knoblauch has won a WHL championship while the coach of the Kootenay Ice and his game plan has stopped the Greyhounds offense.
At the same time, the Greyhounds have done a solid job stopping 17 out of 18 Otter skaters, the problem is the 18th skater happens to be Connor McDavid. If the Greyhounds do not find a way to slow him down this will be a short series.
Halverson falls to 9-2 during the playoffs with a 2.43 goals against and a 0.910 save percentage which is good for third among OHL goalies. Donnay is now 0-4-4 in the playoffs.
Game four will be Tuesday night in Erie.