Halverson stops 26 out of 28 in must win game
Just one game involving New York Ranger prospects on Thursday evening and it was the matchup between Troy Donnay’s (2013 UFA) Erie Otters and Brandon Halverson’s (2014 second) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the OHL’s Western Conference Finals. The Otters were looking to close out the Greyhounds in game five and advance to the OHL finals but Halverson and his teammates had other plans.
Halverson stopped 26 out of 28 shots to help lead his Greyhounds to a 4-2 win over the Otters which forces a game six in Erie as the Greyhounds cut the Otters lead to 3-2. Halverson got a lot of support from his teammates defensively to earn his 10th win of the playoffs.
Defensively, the Greyhounds limited the Otters to just eight shots in the first period and only five in the second before the Otters earned 15 shots in the third period. They held Connor McDavid to just one assist after McDavid put up 13 points over the first four games of the series.
Troy Donnay had a quiet game for the Otters who were shorthanded on the blueline so quiet is a good thing as he logged the minutes in this one. Halverson improved to 10-3 with a 2.69 goals against and a 0.902 save percentage but to force a game seven Halverson is going to need to play even better on the road in on Saturday night.