Friday October 6th, 2017: Oshawa Generals vs. Niagara Icedogs
The Generals hosted the Niagara Icedogs Friday night as they looked to build off the momentum from their exciting Home Opening win against the London Knights. The Generals haven’t played since their home opener on Sunday while the Icedogs will be playing their second game in as many nights as they faced the Sudbury Wolves in 5-1 loss last night. Niagara goalie Stephen Dhillon got the start after taking the loss last night and while he wanted to rebound the Gens planned to test him early.
While the pace was slow to start the game, not much sustained pressure for either team, Kenny Huether got fans cheering when he tipped home his fourth goal of the season at 15:21 of the first period. The Icedogs evened the game at 1 on a powerplay goal from Danial Singer at 9:13. Just over a minute later Niagara took the lead after a sneaky shot from Ian Martin found the back of the net. With 1:16 remaining in the period Allan McShane brought the fans to their feet as he scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at 2. The Gens pushed the attack late in the period as they found sustained pressure in the offensive zone which resulted in an opportunity on the man advantage. Heading into the second period the Gens had the chance to take the lead with 1:28 remaining on their powerplay.
Unfortunately the Generals were unable to capitalize on their powerplay but they would get two more opportunities with the man advantage to try and take the lead early in the second. However, with Dhillon holding strong the Gens came up empty and the game remained tied. The Icedogs would take advantage of a 5-on-3 powerplay as Ben Jones scored twice to put Niagara up 4-2 midway through the period. After a gorgeous individual effort from Domenico Commisso the Gens were back within one, 4-3. With 35.6 seconds left in the period Kyle MacLean went bar down for his first goal of the season to knot the game at 4. Entering the third the Gens looked to ride the momentum of their last-minute goal to try and take the lead.
There was end-to-end action to start the third which saw both teams trading chances as they tried to break the tie. Both Gauthier and Dhillon got stronger as time wore on and with time ticking away in the third it looked more and more like it would be next goal wins. This turned out to be true because for the first time this season the Generals would experience overtime and they would do so a man down as they were called for delay of game at the final buzzer.
As the Icedogs worked the powerplay to try for the win, Gauthier made a spectacular glove save to give the Generals a chance. The Gens would get an opportunity on the rush with their player just of the box but unfortunately couldn’t convert. In the end it was Icedogs Matthew Philip who put in his own rebound to give Niagara the 5-4 OT win.
Three Stars of the Game:
#1 Kyle MacLean
#2 Ben Jones
#3 Riley Stillman
Mason Kohn was awarded Hardest Working Player!
The Generals next home games will be on Friday October 13th against the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:35pm followed by the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday October 15th at 6:05pm.
Happy Thanksgiving Gens Nation!