OSHAWA, ON – The Petes are riding a wave of confidence having just ended division rival, Ottawa 67s, 17-game winning streak with a 4-0 shutout. This win also ended Marco Rossi and Joseph Garreffa’s OHL leading point streaks at 18 and 19 games, respectively. The Petes first win in their last five games was a big one, but your Generals had been hot this weekend with their new additions sparking life into the lineup. Tonight was a spirited match between two teams that have no love lost for each other.
Generals Starting Five
Forward: Brett Neumann – Philip Tomasino – Ty Tullio
Defense: William Ennis – Nico Gross
Oshawa Generals – Jordan Kooy
Peterborough Petes – Hunter Jones
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The Gens were the first on the board. Allan McShane brought the puck into the Petes zone. He dropped it to defenseman David Jesus who carried the puck below the Petes net. Jesus New Gens forward Ryan Stepien also picked up an assist on the play for his second point in his first three games with the team.
Canada’s golden boy, Akil Thomas, evened the game for the Petes. The goal was a redirection from Petes defenseman Hudson Wilson – which was Thomas’ first with the Petes since coming over at the trade deadline from Niagara.
The Generals first powerplay came on a Nick Robertson who got two minutes for throwing his stick to Wilson who had broken his stick earlier in the play and they wasted no time executing. The puck was dumped into the Petes zone. Hunter Jones retrieved it behind the net and Generals forward Daniel Michaud was strong on the forecheck. He stripped Jones of the puck and passed to Brett Harrison waiting in front of the net who backhanded the puck into the gaping orifice as Jones scrambled to get back in front of the net. 2-1 Generals.
New Gens ‘tender Jordan Kooy played excellent this period keeping Oshawa with a 2-1 lead even after being heavily outshot 12-5.
Philip Tomasino got on the board on a powerplay. Brett Harrison held the puck on the left wing board. He passed the puck below the goal line to Allan McShane who made a quick pass to Tomasino who blasted a one timer
Nick Robertson scored next for the Petes. Akil Thomas held the puck behind Jordan Kooy and made a pass to Robertson who blasted a goal pretty much identical to the one scored by Tomasino earlier in the period. Robertson’s 27th of the season was brought the Pete’s to within one.
The Gens newest addition said, “Tomasi-NO, I don’t think so.” (Sorry, I feel bad about that one too.) Phil broke into the Petes zone and sent a stretch saucer pass across the rink to Ty Tullio who got the puck towards the net, eventually Tomasino scooped up the puck and buried it for his sixth as a General in half as many games.
The period ended 4-2 for Oshawa, with Peterborough outshooting 21-16.
Oshawa wasn’t going to coast on a two-goal lead. They came out ready to score and did early on. McShane floated a high pass up the ice to Harrison who corralled the bouncing puck and roofed it over Jones’ shoulder.
Highlights from the Gens trade deadline acquisitions were not in short supply this game. Kooy was rock solid in goal. Ryan Stepien was unstoppable with the puck, see this rush as proof. He also had a great breakaway opportunity in the early section of this period. Tomasino was an offensive juggernaut controlling play and distributing the puck to his teammates like a field general.
Robertson would get on the board once again beating Kooy with a wrist shot through the five-hole making the board read 5-3 for your Generals. Thomas assisted on the goal. The Peter-Patch also added a goal from Semyon Der-Arguchintsev – a young Joe Thornton who buried his sixth of the season. A rare sight is Der-Arguchintsev scoring. He is an assist machine having scored almost eight assists for every goal he has this season.
The TNT (Tomasino-Neumann-Tullio) line was electric this period. Their display was highlighted by Tullio, who put the game away for Oshawa on an empty-netter from a Tomasino pass. Giving the boys in red-white-and-blue the win.
Oshawa Generals (6) – Peterborough Petes (4)
94.9 The Rock
1 – Brett Harrison (2 goals, 1 assist, plus-2)
2 – Philip Tomasino (2 goals, 1 assist, 6 shots on goal)
3 – Akil Thomas (1 goal, 3 assists, plus-3)
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Hardest Working Player of the Game:
Ryan Stepien (1 assist, plus-2)
The next Generals home game is Friday, January 17, 2020 as they face off against the Mississauga Steelheads and Thomas Harley.