Sunday, March 10th, 2019: Oshawa Generals vs. Ottawa 67’s
The Generals closed out the weekend tonight at the Tribute Communities Centre in the back half of a home and home with the Ottawa 67’s. After picking up two straight wins including a victory over the 67’s yesterday in Ottawa, the Gens entered the game with a 41-19-4-0 record on the season. After taking down the Battalion on Friday and 67’s on Saturday, Oshawa aimed for a two-point performance tonight to complete the weekend sweep.
Both teams came out of the gate flying to open the game, with the play going back and forth with speed between the two ends. Five minutes into the period, Serron Noel drew a tripping penalty from the 67’s to give the Gens the first powerplay of the game but went unsuccessful on the attempt. Back at even strength, Ottawa was able to get on the board with a goal from forward Tye Felhaber after he collected his own rebound in front of the net and gave the 67’s a 1-0 lead. Just past the halfway point of the first, the Gens were called for their first penalty of the contest to put them on the penalty kill. However, during the kill Noel put on an amazing solo effort to beat a 67’s defender one-on-one and draw another penalty to put the play at 4-on-4. With the extra space on the ice, Ottawa got a dangerous scoring chance in close on the Gens, but goaltender Kyle Keyser shut down the shot by sprawling out in the crease to make the save. In the last minute of the period, the 67’s managed to extend their lead with a top corner shot that beat Oshawa to send the Gens into the intermission trailing 2-0.
The Generals began the period with a tripping call to put them short a man. While Keyser made one big save early on in the 67’s powerplay chance, Ottawa got one past the Gens at the tail end of their man advantage to give them a 3-0 lead. Shortly after their goal, the 67’s took a penalty for too many men on the ice to give Oshawa’s powerplay another chance but were held off by the 67’s penalty killers and goalie Michael DiPietro. In the latter half of the second, Ottawa took a delay of game penalty after shooting the puck over the glass in their defensive zone, setting up the Gens with their third powerplay opportunity of the game that went unsuccessful again. In the last few minutes of the period, both teams had chances on each other’s net but neither added to the score, sending the Gens into the game’s final period down by three.
The third opened with good speed and the Gens managing to get a few looks on net that were turned away. Just over five minutes into the period, the 67’s got called for an interference penalty to give Oshawa a man advantage. While they had a couple tries on net, the Gens couldn’t find the back of the cage on the powerplay chance. At the halfway point of the period, Keyser made a flurry of stops in close to shut down the 67’s from extending their lead. Just minutes later, Keyser came up big again by robbing Ottawa forward Kody Clark on a breakaway with a glove save. Only a minute after the 67’s breakaway, Noel got a break of his own that he nearly buried but slid just wide of the net. With only three minutes remaining in the game, Ottawa tallied their fourth goal of the game off a wrist shot from the slot to secure a 4-0 win over the Gens.
After a tough loss tonight, Oshawa will look to rebound when they play again at home on Wednesday night against the Frontenacs before heading into their final weekend of the regular season facing Kingston once more and then the Wolves.