Panthers prospect Josh Brown and the Oshawa Generals will be moving on to the Memorial Cup tournament after defeating top 2015 Draft prospects Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters in the OHL Championship Series.
The Generals, who were the Eastern Conference champions, won the series against the Western Conference champions, the Erie Otters, 4 games to 1 after an 6-2 win tonight in Oshawa. The Generals scored 3 goals in 5 minutes at the start of the 2nd period, including 2 on the powerplay, and they never looked back from there. Both McDavid and Strome were held pointless, while Josh Brown ended the night with 1 assist and a +4 rating. The Generals matched Josh Brown up with Connor McDavid all night long and he performed admirably. Brown saved a goal early in the third period when he swiped a puck off the goal line, preserving Oshawa’s 2-goal lead, and he received a secondary assist on Oshawa’s 5th goal of the game.
Drafted 152nd overall in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Draft, and as the captain of the Oshawa Generals for 2 years, Josh Brown has lead the team both defensively and off the ice. In addition to being a steady defensive defenseman, Brown contributed 21 points in 60 regular season games, including 4 goals and 17 assists, while leading the team with a +/- rating of +49. The primary task of the 6’4″ defenseman during the series against the Otters was to shut down the high-flying offense of Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, who combined for 71 points in the 20 playoff games they played in.
The Generals will play their first game of the Memorial Cup against the Rimouski Oceanic on Saturday, May 23rd.