GAME RECAP: GENS 6 SPITFIRES 3
Sunday, February 4th, 2018: Oshawa Generals vs. Windsor Spitfires
The Oshawa Generals kicked off Super Bowl Sunday with an afternoon tilt against the reigning Memorial Cup Champions, the Windsor Spitfires. It was the first and final time the Spitfires would visit Oshawa this season and the Gens were searching to even the season series after Windsor took victory in their first meeting in early December.
Looking to keep up their red-hot offence after yesterday’s big win, the Gens came out flying generating a handful of quality scoring chances including a breakaway rush by Hayden McCool that was denied by Baier. After both teams got into some penalty trouble the Gennies ended up with a 4-on-3 man advantage that saw a ton of great opportunities nearly break open the scoring. However, Baier was proving to be a difference maker early on as he robbed Matt Brassard on a laser shot from the point and stoned Studnicka in close. Tempers began to flare between the interconference opponents which led to each team playing four aside. Neither team would capitalize with the open space but the ice began to tilt in the Gens favour as they continued to find good looks on Baier. With one second remaining on a powerplay, McShane, from behind the Spitfires net, setup Kenny Huether for his 23rd goal of the season to give the home team a 1-0 lead. In the final two minutes of the Gens all but killed off a Spitfires powerplay opportunity that had two seconds remaining heading into the second period. After one, Oshawa was up 1-0 and held the edge in shots 11-3.
After running out the last two seconds of Windsor’s PP, the Gens got their own chance on the man advantage where Domenico Commisso fired home his 15th goal of the season to put the good guys up 2-0. While on a breakaway rush, the Spitfire’s Cole Purboo was interfered with as he tried to make a shot and as a result, he was awarded a penalty shot where he converted to cut the Gens lead to 2-1. Midway through the second, Windsor began to find some sustained offensive zone time but Keyser was locked in making several great stops, including a beauty kick save and a quick snare with the glove. The Gennies continued to push and get shots on Baier, but it was Spitfires who would capitalize on a breakout rush as Purboo scored to tie the game 2-2. Minutes later, the Spitfires got a chance off a turnover deep in the Gens zone but Keyser made a huge pad save to keep the game tied. After two, the teams were tied 2-2 with Oshawa leading in shots 21-18.
The Spitfires came out buzzing to start the third, getting a few good cracks on Keyser but Kyle stood tall making many stops including a booming pad save. At 14:59 of the period, Commisso found Kenny Huether for his second goal of the game putting the Gens back in front 3-2. Minutes later, Huether returned the favour as he set up Domenico Commisso for his second goal of the game making it 4-2. Tensions arose after a big hit at the side boards led to some 4-on-4 action. With the open ice, Studnicka and McCool broke out on a 2-on-1 but was robbed by a sprawling Baier. However, it was Matt Brassard who would take advantage of the time and space as he notched his 13th goal of the season to give Oshawa a 5-2 lead. With the momentum in the Gens favour, they looked to continue to put on the pressure while also protecting against the Spitfires offensive push. At 5:52 of the period, after a brief review to confirm the puck went in the net, Brendan Harrogate was credited with his 6th goal of the season giving the Generals a commanding 6-2 lead. With just over two minutes remaining, the Spitfires scored to cut their deficit to 6-3. Windsor continued to push in the final minutes but the Generals were able to run out the clock to secure a 6-3 victory on home ice. Final shots were Oshawa 33 Windsor 28.
Up next for the Generals is a big divisional week that starts on Wednesday, February 7th as the team welcomes the Kingston Frontenacs to town for a rare mid-week matchup. Game time is set for 7:05 pm. On Saturday afternoon, the boys will be in Ottawa to faceoff with the 67s in their final meeting of the regular season at 2:00 pm. Finally, on Sunday the Gens will host the Peterborough Petes in what is sure to be a spirited battle starting at 6:05 pm.
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