OSHAWA, ON – The 67s come back to the Shwa still riding the CHL’s longest active winning streak, this time extended to 13 games. The Generals look to start the New Year off in the right way by ending it. Oshawa is coming off of a hard fought overtime loss to the North Bay Battalion and Ottawa is coming off of a 6-1 boat race of the Peterborough Petes. The Tribute Communities Centre was sold out for the first OHL game of the new decade.
Generals Starting Five
Forward: Brett Harrison – Brett Neumann – Serron Noel
Defense: Giovanni Vallati – William Ennis
Oshawa Generals – Zachary Paputsakis
Ottawa 67s – Cedrick Andree
Both teams were ready to start the New Year off on a high note. The 67s would be the first to strike. An east-west pass through the crease from Nikita Okhotyuk to Joseph Garreffa beat Zachary Paputsakis.
The Generals had a couple of powerplays where they controlled possession, they seemed to be looking for the perfect scoring opportunity to fire the puck towards Andree.
Ottawa continued their start to the period with a tenacious effort on Paputsakis. Paps stopped the initial shot, but Cameron Tolnai was there to take out the trash giving the 67s a two-goal advantage.
Serron Noel looked like a tank. He shook off several hits as if he were a windshield and the 67s players were a swarm of bugs. Noel has been a firecracker as of late. He showed it this afternoon by throwing hits and standing up for his teammate, Brett Harrison in a post-whistle scrum towards the end of the period.
The period ended with 42 seconds remaining on a Generals powerplay off a high-stick against Brett Neumann. The score 2-0 and the shots 17-10 – the 67s leading both stats.
The Gennies set the tone physically in the second. Mitchell Brewer laid a huge hit on Adam Varga entering the Gens zone. And a minute later, Kyle MacLean and Merrick Rippon’s gloves went flying and they threw down in an epic bout. Both sides held their own and got their licks in. They both went down at the end. MacLean was lauded by his teammates.
Brett Neumann stopped an Ottawa breakout and dumped the puck low to Ty Tullio who skated cross-ice firing a shot on net. Tullio took a big hit on the play, but the hit took the 67s defender and goalie out of the play. The puck, however, ricocheted off Andree and laid on a platter for speedy Neumann to tap in his 26th of the season. New year, same Neumann.
The Barber Poles answered quickly Jack Quinn scored his 22nd of the season on an intercepted Oshawa breakout. Quinn skated it into the Generals zone and sent a wrist shot to the orifice that beat Paputsakis cleanly.
Brett Harrison netted his tenth on a beautiful team effort. Three one-touch passes. Neumann to Noel to Harrison to the back of the net and the Generals were back within one goal.
The period closed 3-2 for Ottawa, the Generals trailed in shots 23-28.
Paputsakis stood on his head to start the period making a spectacular save just past the six minute mark into the period on a 67s powerplay.
Marco Rossi extended his point streak to 17 games and took the lead in OHL points scoring on a powerplay pass to Garreffa who buried his second of the night.
The period ended with a Generals onslaught. But an empty net goal from Jack Quinn put the game away for the Barber Poles giving them their 14th straight victory.
Oshawa Generals (2) – Ottawa 67s (5)
94.9 The Rock
1 – Joseph Garreffa (2 goals, 5 shots)
2 – Brett Neumann (1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots)
3 – Marco Rossi (1 assist, 5 shots, 4 penalty minutes)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Hardest Working Player of the Game:
Brett Harrison (1 goal, 3 shots)
The next Generals home game is Sunday, January 12 against the rival Peterborough Petes at 6:05pm.
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