Special teams were the undoing of Scott Stajcer’s Owen Sound Attack in game 2 of the OHL finals Thursday night. Having lost the first game of the finals, Owen Sound lost 6-2 to Mississauga, primarily on the back of the St Mike’s Majors going 4 from 8 on the power play. Any time a team scores that often on the power play it’s tough to win a game. Stajcer himself stopped 33 of 38 shots that he faced over the contest, again being outdueled (at least statistically) by JP Anderson in the opposite net.
Once more, key players for Owen Sounds didn’t turn up (Joey Hishon is -4 in the 2 games so far) as their parade to the penalty box really was a deciding factor. On the other side, key players for Mississauga did show up. A two goal night from Justin Shugg (41 goals in the regular season) paced the Majors to their game 2 win. Owen Sound and Stajcer have an immediate opportunity to get back in the series tonight as game 3 is the second half of back to backs. Tonight will be pivotal. Lose and Owen Sound have a huge hole to get themselves out of, win and new life is breathed into their series (and title) hopes.
It will be interesting to see how Stajcer fares in such a pivotal game tonight. Can he be the spark for his side like Henrik Lundqvist so often is for the Rangers? Stajcer doesn’t have many games left in his junior career. With a little better support maybe he can win one or two more games over the OHL finals and Memorial Cup series’.