Sunday, November 12th, 2017: Oshawa Generals vs. Ottawa 67s
Tonight concluded this weekend’s home and home series between the Oshawa Generals and Ottawa 67s, which began Friday night in Ottawa. With an off day yesterday, both teams looked to utilize fresh legs as they played for the third time in six games. The Generals hoped to snap a 4-game losing skid and earn the split the home & home series.
The game began with a fast and furious pace which saw both teams trade chances on the rush less than a minute in. Soon after, our boys got a chance on the powerplay to try and open the scoring. But it was Sasha Chmelevski who would score a short-handed goal to give the 67s a 1-0 lead. Then at 16:28 Austen Keating scored to put Ottawa up 2-0. The 67s would add to their lead when Kody Clark scored on the powerplay to make it 3-0. As the Generals looked to overcome an early 3-0 deficit, Studnicka and Noel nearly connected on a beautiful passing play which resulted in the puck narrowly missing the net. Late in the period, tensions began to rise after a hard hit in the defensive zone which in turn gave the 67s an opportunity on the powerplay. After a solid penalty kill, Studnicka, just out of the penalty box, nearly got the Generals on the board with a breakaway rush but was stoned by Tremblay. With 18 seconds left in the period, the Gens would get a chance on the powerplay to try and cut into the 67s lead. After 1 the Gens trailed 3-0 and were outshot 13-7 but they had a chance to start their comeback when they continued on the man advantage in the second period.
Unfortunately, the Gens could not convert on the man advantage to open the period but they would generate some substantial offensive zone time while Ceci made a key save to keep our boys within reach. At 15:50, Oliver True scored to put the enemy up 4-0. Nathan Torchia then entered the game taking over for Ceci to help try and spark the Gens offence and swing some momentum in their favour. Later, Ottawa’s Mathieu Foget scored pushing their lead to 5-0. Staying hot, Allan McShane gave the packed home crowd something to cheer about when he scored his 7th goal of the season on the powerplay, putting the Gens on the comeback trail. After a great individual effort to track down the puck in the offensive zone McShane sniped home his second goal of the game to cut the 67s lead to 5-2. In the final minutes of the second, the boys in the camo jerseys really started to put the pressure on 67s, beating them to pucks and creating some quality scoring chances. Noel found himself on a short-handed breakaway rush but was turned aside by Tremblay and Torchia made some key saves on the kill but with 18 seconds left in the period, Chmelevski scored to make it 6-2. At the end of 2, shot were 67s 23 Gens 15.
The third started with an uphill battle as the Gennies had to kill off another Ottawa powerplay opportunity. However, they would get some chances of their own when Noel and McCool linked up for a chance short-handed that came up just short. After another strong penalty kill, the Generals went to work as they put shot after shot on Tremblay trying to make things interesting. Brassard was completely robbed by Tremblay on a ridiculous individual rush, but the 67s goalie was proving to be the difference maker in this game. Our boys continued to push the attack, outshooting Ottawa 8-5 in the period but in the end, the early deficit proved too much to overcome and the Generals fell to the 67s by the final score of 6-2. Final shots were 67s 28 Gens 23.
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Up next for the Generals is a trip to Peterborough to take on the Petes on Thursday, November 16th at 7:05 pm. Then they will travel to Mississauga to faceoff against the Steelheads for the first time this season on Friday, November 17th at 7:00 pm. After an off day of Saturday, the Gens will return home to play the Barrie Colts on Sunday, November 19th at 6:05 pm.
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