The Generals traveled to Ottawa this afternoon for the first of their weekend match ups. Oshawa was coming off a weekday victory over the Barrie Colts, in which they defeated the visitors 4-2 in regular play. The Generals looked to carry over similar results in to today’s game against the 67’s. The last time Ottawa was in Oshawa, the 67’s took the win 7-0 on enemy territory. Today’s game began similar to the last time these team met each other, with Ottawa dominating the game. But in the final period Oshawa gained momentum and started a come back that would be interfered with by the 67’s.
Jeremy Brodeur started in goal for the Oshawa Generals this afternoon and Leo Lazarev for the Ottawa 67’s. Both teams looked to establish dominance early on in this afternoon game. Whistles were sparse and plays were quick as these teams fought for puck possession. 7 minutes in to the period Keating and Tyanulin set up Foget for the opening goal of the game to put the 67’s on the board. At the end of the first 20 minutes the 67’s led 1-0 with SOG 13-9 for the home team.
Heading into the middle, down by 1 goal Oshawa looked to get on the board to even the score. The score gap was increased 7 minutes in, when Foget was left in a dangerous position in front of Brodeur’s net and scored short handed. A few minutes later Evans helped Felhaber get on the board for Ottawa. With less then a minute left in the period Felhaber scored once more for his second goal of the game the 4th goal for the 67’s.
Entering the 3rd period the Oshawa Generals were trailing by 4 goals to the 67’s, failing to capture a point in 40 minutes. Kyle Keyser entered the game between the pipes for the final 20. 9 seconds in to the final period Keating scored the only goal on Keyser to give Ottawa a total of 5 goals. At the 2:50 mark Antropov got aggressive on the puck behind Lazarev and set up an excellent play for Burt to finish and put the Generals on the board. With a goal on the board Oshawa pushed back, making chances and taking advantage of every opportunity. At 5:31 McShane and Brassard assisted Krastenbergs in scoring his 9th goal of the season and the second goal of the game on Lazerav. Oshawa was now within a 3 goal gap and a tie was in sight. With the gap narrowing tension rose and Ottawa became frustrated. 17 minutes in Stratis slashed McShane so hard in the crease that his stick broke in half, McShane was awarded a penalty shot on Lazarev. The penalty shot was unsuccessful, and the 67’s still led 5-2. With a minute left in the game the Generals began another attack, but Lazarev interfered by cross checking Noel. The interference would lead to a dispute between both teams and a power play being awarded to the Generals for the final minute of play. Ottawa could potentially be a play off opponent for the Generals, and after today’s game it is certain that things will be interesting.
With the Peterborough Petes securing the crown of the east with a 4-0 blanking of the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday, Oshawa will settle in to a third place finish in the East in regular season.
The Gens will face the Division champions on Sunday night on home ice for their season finale and the final 80thAnniversary night celebrating 80 years of Oshawa Generals history! For tickets click here!