Sunday October 1, 2017: Oshawa Generals vs. London Knights—HOME OPENER
The Tribute Communities Centre was rocking on Sunday night as the Generals took on the London Knights in their home opener. Last season the Gens faced off against the Knights twice with London taking both games. However, this year the Generals looked to feed off the energy of Gens Nation and get back in the win column after back to back losses.
The Generals began the game strong as they limited the Knights chances and pushed the attack which led to the Gens first powerplay of the game. Although the Gens did not capitalize on the man advantage they generated a lot of chances hoping to put momentum in their favour. However, it was the Knights who would strike first on a goal from Cole Tymkin. The Gens once again got an opportunity on the powerplay in hopes to tie the game. Endearing himself to the home crowd Nick Wong once again found the back of the net for his 6th goal of the season as the Gens knotted the game at 1 on the powerplay. After some sustained pressure in the offensive zone Alex Di Carlo sniped at shot from the point past Kooy to put the Gens up 2-1. Logan Gauthier held firm as the Knights looked to push the pace to end the first making a key save on a breakaway chance. As the clock ran down on the first the Gens found themselves on their third powerplay of the period. With 2.9 seconds left in the period Serron Noel gave the Gens a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.
Starting the second the Gens hoped to maintain the momentum they gained late in the first period. The Knights got their first opportunity on the powerplay at 15:37 and seconds later, as play turned physical, London headed to a 5-on-3 powerplay. Early into that man advantage Robert Thomas cut the Knights deficit to 1. With momentum now in the Knights favour and time still remaining on the powerplay Max Jones tied the game at 3. The Knights began to take over the game as Jones scored his second of the game to put London back in the lead as they scored 3 goals in under 3 minutes. With special teams being a major factor and tensions brewing, the Generals got a chance to tie the game as they headed to their own 5-on-3 powerplay. Unlike the Knights, the Gens were unable to capitalize as they looked to get back to even. After a successful penalty kill Renars Krastenbergs found himself alone on a rush and ripped a shot to tie the game at 4. With time winding down in the period tempers stared to flare and the Gens headed to their second 5-on-3 opportunity of the game. Staying hot Nick Wong put the Generals back in front with under 2 minutes to play. In a 4-on-1 breakway the Gens looked to regain their 2 goal lead but were thwarted by Knights goalie Kooy. At the end of two periods the Generals led 5-4 with a 21-16 shot advantage.
After a wild second period that saw 5 goals for either team, the Generals looked to settle in and protect their lead. The parade to the penalty box continued early into the third as the Generals headed to their eighth powerplay of the game. Minutes later after an unsuccessful Gens powerplay it was the Knights who once again got a chance with the man advantage. After some key saves by Gauthier and solid play by the penalty killers the Gens looked to stay out of the box and limit the Knights chances. With under 5 minutes to play the Generals looked to use the clock to their advantage as time was running out on the Knights to make a comeback. With 2:15 to play the Knights pulled their goalie looking for the equalizer. After a nerve-wracking final minute of play the Generals were able to hold on and win the game 5-4!
Three Stars of the Game:
#3 Serron Noel
#2 Max Jones
#1 Nick Wong
Captain Jack Studnicka was awarded the Hardest Working Player!
Next the Generals will take on the Niagara IceDogs on Friday October 6th at 7:35pm followed by the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday October 13th at 7:35pm. For tickets click here.