The Oshawa Generals were home tonight for a tilt with the North Bay Battalion on Superhero night in Oshawa in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation. The Gens had split the weekend series so far losing to the Windsor Spitfires and beating the Sarnia Sting, and were looking to end the weekend with a win in front of their home fans. The Gens lead the season series 2-1 and were looking to take a strangle hold with another win while also jumping back into first place in the Eastern Conference.
After killing off an early penalty the Gens headed to a power play of their own and capitalized as Jack Studnicka put a rebound into the back of the net for his 14th of the year. With the goal Studnicka extended his point streak to five games, and Domenic Commisso got his 37th helper of the season. Midway through the period the Battalion tied things up on a giveaway behind the net by the Gens that lead to a Alex Robert goal from point blank range. The Gens took back the lead on some pretty passing from Mason Kohn and Renars Krastenbergs that was finished off by Kenny Huether for his 15th goal of the season. At the end of the first 20 minutes of play the Gens led 2-1, outshooting the Battalion 12-11.
The Gens came out flying in their superhero jerseys to start the period doubling their lead in the first three minutes. First it was some pretty passing from Kohn and Mercier to set up Krastenbergs for his 7th goal of the season. On the goal both Kohn and Krastenbergs got their second points of the game. 30 seconds later Commisso stole the puck in the Battalion zones and put the moves on Moran for his second point of the night and his 54th of the season. Shortly after that the Gens added on to their lead with a Riley Stillman slap shot from the blue line that gave the Gens a three goal cushion, forcing the Battalion to make a goaltender change and bring in Woroniuk. Brazeau responded quickly for the Battalion on a breakaway sneaking the puck by Brodeur to cut the deficit back down to two goals. Brazeau got his second of the game with two minutes remaining as a friendly bounce found him alone in front of a wide open net. After two periods of play the Gens lead 5-4.
The period was highlighted by a first minute brawl between two heavy wights in Sean Allen and Daniel Walker dropping the gloves with both landing bombs. The result was Walker getting tossed from the game and Allen getting a five minute penalty. The Gens regained their two goal advantage when Krastenbergs found Kohn all alone at the far post for an easy open net goal. A minute later Grayden Gottschalk got his got his 3rd goal of the season on a wrist shot from the circle beating Woroniuk high glove side. With that goal a total of 12 Gens found their way onto the scoresheet, with five of them having a multi-point game. Brodeur stopped 33 shots to earn his 27th win of the season and the help the Gens retake their spot atop the Eastern Conference.
The Generals will get a few days off before hosting the Ottawa 67’s on Friday February 17th to kick off Family Day Weekend before hosting the Erie Otters and Anthony Cirelli on Monday afternoon. For tickets to the game visit oshawagenerals.com.