GAME RECAP: GENS 7 PETES 5
Sunday, February 11th, 2018: Oshawa Generals vs. Peterborough Petes
Tonight, the Oshawa Generals played host to the Peterborough Petes in their second to last meeting of the regular season. With the season series win already secured (5-1-0-0 record), the Generals looked to continue their recent dominance against the Petes as they aimed for their sixth straight victory over their long-standing rival.
It was a battle throughout the neutral zone to start the game as the first shot on goal did not come until well over two minutes in. After the first shot, the two rivals came together in a heated scrum that led to some 4-on-4 action. Both teams would get some good looks but the game remained scoreless early on. Looking to spark the offence, Brendan Harrogate got sprung on a breakaway rush that was ultimately denied by the blocker of Jones. Tempers continued to flare resulting in a heavyweight tilt between Sean Allen and John Parker-Jones much to the delight of the packed home crowd. There was certainly no love lost between these two rivals as the physicality picked up and bodies crashed. At 11:25 of the period, the Petes scored to take a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, Matthew Timms beat a screened Keyser to go up 2-0 while on the powerplay. The Petes carried most of the play early on generating a lot of sustained offensive zone time but Keyser was up to the challenge making several key saves to keep the game close. Late in the period, the Gens looked determined to cut into the deficit dominating play in the offensive zone which all stemmed from a rocket shot off the crossbar by Krastenbergs. After one, the Petes were up 2-0 and held the slight edge in shots 12-10.
Just over a minute into the second, Nick Robertson scored to extend the Petes lead to 3-0. Showing no quit, the Gens continued to battle and got rewarded with an opportunity on the powerplay where Allan McShane sniped his 13th goal of the season to make it 3-1. As the Gennies tried to work their way back, Commisso and McShane were sent in on a 2-on-1 rush but was robbed by the glove of Jones. While on the man advantage Noel found Danil Antropov in the slot for his 9th goal of the season cutting the Gens deficit to 3-2. The Generals would make it 3-for-3 on the powerplay as Serron Noel scored to tie the game 3-3 much to the elation of Gens Nation. Oshawa’s powerplay was proving too much for the Petes to handle as Antropov notched his second goal of the game to give the good guys a 4-3 lead. The Gens went on their fifth consecutive powerplay and despite getting a handful of quality chances the Petes managed to put a stop to the home team’s red-hot PP. At 1:59 of the period, Renars Krastenbergs fought for a loose puck down low and notched his 16th goal of the season putting the Gennies up 5-3. With less than a minute left in the period, Nikita Korostelev scored while on the man advantage to make it 5-4 heading into the second period. Shots were Oshawa 28 Peterborough 26.
Looking to keep up the pace of the wild second period, the Gens came out hungry for more in third. The guys continued to find sustained zone time and got a few good cracks on Jones. While on the powerplay, Kenny Huether sniped a rocket shot past Jones for his 25th goal of the season to go up 6-4. With the Petes trying to cut into their deficit, Keyser stood tall making a number of big saves including a booming pad stop. In a game where special teams had become a key factor, Peterborough tallied on the powerplay to cut the Generals lead to 6-5. Continuing their red-hot play as of late, the line of Commisso Huether and McShane connected once again as McShane ripped his second of the game to put the good guys up 7-5. With just over a minute remaining, the Generals once again got an opportunity on the man advantage this time on a 5-on-3. With both Antropov and McShane sitting on two goals the rest of the PP unit looked to find one for the hattrick. In the end, the Generals rode an explosive second and third period to claim victory by the final score of 7-5. Final shots were Oshawa 38 Peterborough 34.
Looking at the schedule ahead, the Generals will be in North Bay on Thursday, February 15th for their third meeting with the Battalion. Puck drop is set for 7:00 pm. On Friday, the team will make their way to Sudbury for an Eastern Conference matchup with the Wolves, game time is 7:00 pm. After a couple off days the Gens will return home on Monday, February 19th for a special Family Day game with the North Bay Battalion in their final meeting of the season. Please note the 2:05 pm start time.
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