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Niederberger makes 36 saves as Colts sweep Generals in second-round matchup

Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 10:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Niederberger makes 36 saves as Colts sweep Generals in second-round matchup

The Barrie Colts are heading to the Eastern Conference final after eliminating the Oshawa Generals on Tuesday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.

Mathias Niederberger made 36 saves in Game 4 as Barrie doubled up Oshawa 4-2 to sweep the best-of-seven second-round matchup.

The 20-year-old goaltender was steady for the Colts all series, but was at his best on the road in Games 3 and 4 as he turned away 71-of-73 combine shots. Niederberger finished the round with a 1.49 goals-against average and .959 save percentage to go along with his second-career post-season shutout, which came in Game 3.

Steven Beyers, Aaron Ekblad, Alex Yuill and Alex Lepowski scored for the Colts, who are a perfect 8-0 through two rounds of post-season play.

Colin Suellentrop and Scott Sabouring scored for the Generals, who were outscored 16-6 in the series. Daniel Althsuller stopped 24 shots in defeat.

Barrie went 0 for 5 on the power play, while Oshawa failed to score on its only chance with the man advantage.

The Generals played without leading scorer Scott Laughton after he was handed a five-game suspension for an illegal hit in Game 2 on Barrie's Zach Hall, who sat out Game's 3 and 4.

The Colts will face either the Belleville Bulls or the Sudbury Wolves in the East final. The Bulls lead the series 3-0 with Game 4 scheduled for Thursday in Sudbury.

Last time Barrie made the East final was the 2009-10 season when they defeated the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors in five games.

Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Plymouth 6, Owen Sound 3; and Belleville 4, Sudbury 0.

At Oshawa, Ont., Beyers opened the scoring for the Colts on a breakaway 10:29 into the first period, taking away the momentum the Generals were looking for from an otherwise solid start.

Second-period goals by Ekblad and Yuill all but put the game away, the latter coming on a rare giveaway by Generals captain Boone Jenner.

Suellentrop broke Niederberger's shutout on a screened shot late in the second period, but Lepkowski got that one back for the Colts 1:55 into the third.

Sabourin scored the game's final goal with one minute remaining on a blast that beat Niederberger high.

Whalers 6, Attack 3

At Owen Sound, Ont. Vincent Trocheck scored three times and set up one more while Stefan Noesen had a goal and three assists as Plymouth doubled up the Attack to go ahead 2-1 in the second-round matchup.

Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday in Owen Sound.

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Bulls 4 Wolves 0

At Sudbury, Ont., Malcolm Subban stopped 28 shots and Brendan Gaunce had two goals and an assist as the Bulls blanked the Wolves to take a 3-0 second-round series lead.

Sudbury will try and avoid elimination on Thursday when the Wolves host Belleville in Game 4.

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