GAME RECAP: GENS 4 BULLDOGS 6
Sunday, March 11th, 2018: Oshawa Generals vs. Hamilton Bulldogs
Tonight, the Oshawa Generals hosted the East Division Champions Hamilton Bulldogs for their final meeting of the regular season. With an important two points on the line, the Generals were looking for some redemption as they searched for their first win of the season against their division rival.
It was the Bulldogs who came jumping right out the gate as former General Riley Stillman gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead fifty seconds into the period. Moments after a Gens penalty kill, the Bulldogs tallied to go up 2-0. Despite some moments of significant zone time, the Gens were under pressure for much of the first half of the period. At 11:47 of the period, Arthur Kaliyev scored his second goal of the game giving Hamilton a 3-0 lead. Nick Wong brought all of Gens Nation to their feet when he roofed a shot over Donofrio for his 17th goal of the season to make it 3-1. The Gens started to build off the goal and generate some more quality chances including a couple odd-man rushes. However with 1:02 left in the period Robert Thomas scored to put the Bulldogs up 4-1. In the dying seconds, the Gennies showed no signs of quit as they nearly responded when Noel found Studnicka in close for a solid opportunity that was denied by Donofrio. After one Hamilton held a 4-1 lead as well as the edge in shots 14-6.
A few minutes into the second, Sean Allen got the fans engaged as he looked to spark his team when he dropped the gloves with Brandon Saigeon in a heated tilt which resulted in a powerplay opportunity for the Generals. The Gens were able to get a few good looks on Donofrio but unfortunately were unable to capitalize on the man advantage. Midway through the period, Ceci came up with a huge pad save to keep the Gens within striking distance and after a scrum at the whistle, the Gens headed to the penalty kill. The PK unit was solid limiting the time and space of the Bulldogs and even created a couple short-handed chances. At 6:23 of the period, McShane found Kenny Huether for his 29th goal of the season while on the powerplay to make it a two-goal game. The Gens continued to battle as they looked to chip away at the deficit when captain Jack Studnicka made an excellent power move around a defender and drove to the net for his 21st goal cut it to 4-3. With the momentum shifting in the Generals direction, Fulcher came in to relieve Donofrio. In the final seconds of the period, the Gens were a determined bunch as they worked to challenge an untested Fulcher. At the end of two, the Gens trailed 4-3 with shots also in favour of the Bulldogs 24-13.
There was some end to end action to open the third which saw both teams trading chances and Ceci coming up with a few big saves. The Gens headed to the man advantage early in the period where Brassard rang a shot off the post and Commisso ripped a shot off the crossbar in search of the equalizer. Although they were unable to take advantage of the powerplay opportunity the Gens continued to put pressure on the Bulldogs in the offensive zone as well as make a number strong defensive plays. At 11:50 of the period, after a brief review to determine if there was goaltender interference it was ruled a good goal to put the Bulldogs up 5-3. Off the ensuing faceoff, Hayden McCool got sprung on a breakaway rush where he ripped his 14th goal of the season to once again make it a one-goal game. It was a battle through the neutral zone with the Gennies looking to find sustained offensive zone time. After a fantastic stop by Ceci in one end, Studnicka and Noel almost connected for the tying goal late in the period. With just over two minutes remaining, the Generals pulled their goalie in hopes of getting the equalizer. The Gens continued to knock on the door finding several quality chances keeping fans on the edge of their seats. Then with 18.3 seconds left, the Bulldogs sealed the deal when they scored into the empty net for the 6-4 victory. Final shots were Oshawa 26 Hamilton 31.
This coming week the Gens will head out for their final road game of the regular season against the Kingston Frontenacs on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 pm. You can catch the game at our Official Watch Party at Buffalo Wild Wing in Oshawa! It is not a ticketed event, everyone is welcome and there will be great prizes to be won as we cheer on the Gens! The boys will be back home on Friday, March 16th for their final meeting with their long-standing rival Peterborough Petes. Start time is 7:35 pm. On Sunday the Gens will play their final game of the regular season at home with a tilt against the Sudbury Wolves. Puck drop is set for 6:05 pm.
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