GAME RECAP: GENS 3 FRONTENACS 5
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018: Oshawa Generals vs. Kingston Frontenacs
Tonight, the Oshawa Generals welcomed division rival Kingston Frontenacs to town for their fifth meeting in eleven games. With an important two points on the line, the Generals were looking to snap Kingston’s win streak while going for their third straight victory.
There was quite a bit of back and forth action to start the first as the familiar rivals looked to find their stride on this rare mid-week matchup. At 16:54 of the period, Gabriel Vilardi gave the Fronts an early 1-0 lead. Minutes later, Danil Antropov capitalized on a broken play in front of the Kingston net and ripped a backhand shot passed Helvig to tie the game 1-1. While on the man advantage, Vilardi tallied his second of the game to restore the Fronts lead 2-1. As the period wore on Keyser began to settle in, making several big saves, including a handful on the penalty kill. Late in the period, it appeared as though Kenny Huether had scored to tie it but after a review, it was deemed that the play was offside resulting in no-goal. However, moments later Domenico Commisso left no doubt as he scored his 17th goal of the season on a breakaway rush to tie the game 2-2. After a tough hit at the end boards left a Gens player down, tensions started to brew between the rivals. With just over a minute remaining in the first, Vilardi’s third goal of the night gave Kingston a 3-2 lead heading into the second period. Shots were Oshawa 7 Kingston 13.
The physicality started to amp up early in the second as the boards rattled and bodies crashed. With the Gennies searching for the equalizer they worked to create some sustained offensive pressure. They got a few good looks on Helvig including a great chance in front by Nick Wong that nearly connected. After a hard hit along the boards, Mitchell Hewitson and Ted Nichol dropped the gloves in a spirited tilt. Midway through the period, it looked as though the Fronts extended their lead but after a lengthy review, it was ruled that the play was offside resulting in another no-goal this time working in the Gens favour. The Generals looked to take advantage of this break, pushing the pace even sparking a 2-on-1 rush with Harrogate and Antropov that looked promising if not for a good defensive effort from the Fronts. At 3:53, Kingston got a lucky break on double deflection that got passed Keyser to make it 4-2. Keyser came up with a big glove save in the final minute of the second to keep the game close heading into the third period. At the buzzer, the action didn’t stop as the two teams came together in a heated scrum setting up for an intriguing third period. Shots were Oshawa 16 Kingston 24.
The red-hot line of McShane, Commisso and Huether continued to buzz early in the third getting a few solid cracks in close. With the Gens looking to spark a comeback, Keyser was holding the fort shutting down the Fronts attack. The bad blood continued to boil over leading to some 4-on-4 action. The home team had a couple quality scoring chances with the open ice and even though they were unable to score they were found some sustained offensive zone time which they looked to carry over at even strength. At 4:06 of the period, Kingston tallied short-handed to take a 5-2 lead. But then with 1:44 remaining, Matt Brassard sniped his 14th goal to cut the deficit to 5-3. The Gens continued to battle as they tried to spark a late comeback but in the end, time would run out and they would fall 5-3 to the visiting Frontenacs. Final shots were Oshawa 24 Kingston 32.
Up next the Generals will head to Ottawa to close out their season series with the 67s on Saturday, February 10th where they will search for the series win. It is an afternoon affair with puck drop set for 2:00 pm. On Sunday, the boys will be back home to take on the Peterborough Petes as they look for their sixth straight victory against their division rival. Game time is 6:05 pm.
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