OSHAWA, ON – Kingston has been resurrecting their season since a slow start. 16 year-old Shane Wright has put the team on his back with several other up and coming faces in the Fronts lineup, they find themselves fighting for a playoff spot. Oshawa has been good against Kingston this year, getting nine of ten possible points against them this year.
Generals Starting Five
Forward: Allan McShane – Kyle MacLean – Oliver Suni
Defense: William Ennis – Nico Gross
Oshawa Generals – Jordan Kooy
Kingston Frontenacs – Ryan Dugas
The game started slow, offensively. Each team seemed to be feeling each other out.
The first goal came just under five minutes into the game. Giovanni Vallati launched a shot from the point that Brett Harrison deflected past Dugas. Harrison’s goal was his first since January 25th – the last time the Gens took on the Fronts.
Shane Wright was sprung on a breakaway against Kooy, Wright opted to shoot low-glove side, Kooy managed to deflect it wide of the net.
Shortly after on a Gens passing play in the Fronts zone, Nico Gross received a pass in the faceoff circle. Gross was all alone, and he beat Dugas with a shot, but didn’t beat the crossbar.
Oshawa was next on the board. Kyle MacLean stole the puck from Kingston in the defensive zone, he rushed it up ice with McShane and Suni. Completing a solid tic-tac-toe passing play was Oliver Suni who hit double digits in the goal category. 2-0 Oshawa.
Former General Nick Wong potted one for Kingston. Wong snuck into the Gens zone got low in on the net, evading detection, and was found with a pass from Vitali Pinchuk. Wong converted for his first goal in Oshawa since last March.
Oliver Suni almost gave curly fries to a lucky section at the TCC with a near miss in the last minute of play. Lleyton Moore rushed the puck up the left wing, and made a saucer pass through towards the goal, where Suni was to deflect the puck on goal. Somehow Dugas made the stretch and was able to stop it.
Kingston outshot the Frontenacs 17-10, yet were behind in the goal department 2-1 to your Generals.
The second was relatively even keel – both sides getting chances.
The Frontenacs tied the game late this period Shane Wright fed Lucas Rowe with a smooth backhand pass. Wright played proving merit for his exceptional status. The sixteen-year-old had the ability to take over a game.
Ryan Stepien threw a disastrous hit on Fronts D-Man Evan Brand. He rocked the house with this open ice hit. See that one below
The period ended even at two, Kingston outshooting Oshawa 28-15.
Ty Tullio gave the Generals the advantage with a slick goal from behind the net. He managed to bank the puck in off of Dugas’ pad.
Later on, Dawson Baker threw a hit on Kyle MacLean, and bedlam ensued. MacLean got up and went right after Baker, and everyone else on the ice joined in. Baker was ejected from the game for a check to the head.
The game started to go off the rails following that incident. Checks were finished with more frequency, things were getting chippy behind the play.
The puck dumped deep in the Generals zone and Kooy went out to play it. Zayde Wisdom pressured Kooy, took the puck for a wraparound into an open net, but Kooy dove in front of the goal stopping the puck on the goal line. It was a play so close that it had to be verified by video review, and the no-goal call stood.
After the near goal, Oshawa came right back scoring a McGoal – Allan McShane’s 21st of the year – one-timing a pass from Tomasino. Oshawa’s insurance was short lived as Kingston answered 36 seconds later – Wright once again was in the Wright place at the Wright time. He brought the game back to within one goal.
With just over one minute remaining, Frasca scored. It seemed as though the game would go to overtime, but with just 39 seconds remaining, Brett Neumann took the game back for Oshawa sealing the deal with a timely goal.
Oshawa Generals (5) – Kingston Frontenacs (4)
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1 – Allan McShane
2 – Shane Wright
3 – Brett Neumann
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