[Pic was taken and owned by the username Some White Guy]
The Windsor Spitfires entered the Western Conference Finals carrying a streak of 10 straight series wins where they won the Memorial Cup twice in a row. The Owen Sound Attack were looking to continue their most successful season to date, with the most successful playoff run in franchise history (the previous record being a 4-1 loss in the conference finals after the 98-99 seasin).
The Attack entered game 5 up 3-1 in the series, looking to win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy on home ice.
Windsor came out strong, scoring a goal I am sure everyone on the ice for the Sound (including Joey) wish they could have back. The Attack tied it up, Windsor regained the lead, and Hishon scored his 4th of the playoffs to tie things up at 2. The Attack scored 2 in the second and 6 in the third to win the game 10-4, and the series 4-1.
My thoughts, in no particular order:
-His goal was an absolute beauty. Playing the point, Hishon stopped a clearing attempt by the Spits, took the puck up the right wing boards, cut across the net, and buried the puck behind Campbell.
-Joey had 1 assist on the game. I thought he was credited with a second in game, but I guess I was mistaken. Either that, or they changed it after the fact. Either way, his assist was a secondary assist, and not particularly noteworthy.
-The Attack had an amazing pk on the evening (Windsor went 0-for-6). They were constantly clearing the zone, spent a bit of time in the Spits end, and kept the Spits shots to a minimum. Hishon had time on the penalty kill, but it wasn't as much as he had on previous games I've been to.
-The Attack went 4-for-7 on the powerplay, giving up 1 short-handed goal (2 of the powerplay goals came on a 5 minute powerplay to finish the game, as did Windsor's short-handed goal). Hishon had time on the powerplay, but, as with the penalty kill, it was more spread out than in previous games. I don't believe he was on the ice for any of the powerplay goals.
-In the first period it seemed Hishon was doing better on defensive zone faceoffs than offensive zone faceoffs. I think he did better in the offensive zone as the game progressed. (As always, I didn't actually keep track of faceoff wins-losses. I could be completely off in my faceoff stats, but watching the game, that was the feeling I came away with)
-Hishon blocked one or two shots on the game, and seemed to do well blocking passing lanes, getting a decent number of interceptions. On the other hand, he also had the puck bounce over his stick on a few occasions, resulting in losing the offensive zone, and the occasional turnover.
-I'm not entirely positive on this, but I believe the too many men bench minor the Attack took in the second came because Hishon was slow getting off the ice. I know its on the guy getting on the ice to make sure the other player is off before touching the puck, but the guy really should've been on the bench by the time the puck was there, and I am 85% sure it was Joey.
-Hishon finished with a goal and an assist and was +2.
With the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (winners of the Eastern Conference) being the host team for the Memorial Cup this year, the Attack will advance as the OHL representative regardless of the outcome of the OHL finals.