LONDON, Ont. - The St. Thomas Stars remain alive.
Maddox Amaral and Jackson Dobbin, both scored twice as the Stars defeated the London Nationals, 4-2, in game five of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Western Conference quarterfinal, tonight at the Western Fair Complex.
The Nationals lead the series, three games to two. Game 5 summary
"Our goaltending was tremendous and we had a full team of guys hungry to keep the series alive and keep playing," Amaral said. "We were ready to go and we knew we had to play a good game to win and once we had the lead we stayed calm and closed out the game strong.
Stars' goalie Tyler Roberts was the busier of the goalies, making 39 saves. London's Gordie O'Dwyer stopped 13 of 16 shots, before being replaced by Aiden Berry for the third period. Berry, the winning goalie in the past three games, made 11 stops.
Rylan Bowers opened the scoring just a minute and 50 seconds in to the game, for a 1-0 Nationals' lead.
Dobbin, in his second game back from injury, had his first goal of the series, and Amaral, with his team leading fourth, put the Stars in front, 2-1.
Dobbin struck again in the second period and Amaral gave the Stars a 4-1 lead in the third period.
Jeff Burridge scored late for London.
Mathieu Paris, who led the Stars in scoring during the regular season, returned to the line-up, having missed the first four games, out with a lower body injury. Paris assisted on Amaral's second goal.
Amaral, who leads the Stars with five goals in the series, has two goals in each of the Stars' wins.
"I look to keep bringing positive things to the team and doing whatever it takes to help the team win," said Amaral.
Stars' captain Tristan Roberts, with one assist in the game, has a team best seven points, on three goals and four assists.
Neither team's power play was productive, as the Stars went zero for six and the Nationals, empty on three opportunities.
"I think that every power play struggles," Amaral said. "We just have to stick with it and move the puck around lots. We know it will start to click again."
six is Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Joe. Game seven,
if necessary, back at London, 7 p.m. on Sunday.
First round schedule
1: St. Thomas 4 London 1
Game 2: London 3 St. Thomas 2
Game 3 London 4 St. Thomas 1
Game 4: London 5 St. Thomas 3
Game 5: St. Thomas 4 St. Thomas 2
Game 6: Saturday, April 16th @ St. Thomas - 7:30 p.m.
Game 7: Sunday, April 17th @ London - 7 p.m.*