The boys in white, red, and blue faced off against the Hamilton Bulldogs – for the second time in as many days – in the Tribute Communities Centre. The Bulldogs took last night’s match 3-2 in a shootout. Tonight’s Hallowe’en Spooktacular featured another hard fought match between two teams loaded with offensive firepower.
The game started with clearly some bad blood between the two teams as only 18 seconds passed before Jan Jenik and Kyle MacLean were both put in the sin bin for a post whistle tustle on the first shot of the game.
A poorly timed change by both Generals’ defenders on a Generals powerplay sent the Bulldogs top two scorers into the Generals zone on a 2-on-1 against Giovanni Vallati. Jenik retrieved the puck and slid it under Vallati – who had laid down in an attempt to take the pass away – to the league’s second leading goal scorer in Arthur Kaliyev. Kaliyev took his time stickhandling around Andrew MacLean to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 advantage at 4:46 into the period.
A holding penalty from Ryan Gagnier put the Generals back on the man-disadvantage. A Kaliyev shot from the high circle was deflected past MacLean by Logan Morrison to put the Bulldogs up 2-0.
The Generals got their chances in this period as well. Jacob Winterton was sprung on a break from a General defender’s stretch pass which he corralled and fired up off of the shoulder of Bulldogs goalie Marco Costantini. Brett Neumann also launched a few really hard shots at the net that easily could have slipped past Costantini.
The Generals pushed hard at the end of the period, but it wasn’t enough to get on the board. The Generals outshot the Bulldogs 12-8, yet were still down 2-0 to end the period. The first was heavily penalized with 9 penalties having been called between the two teams.
The Generals started the period on the powerplay – and rapidly set up in the Bulldogs zone. Nico Gross received the puck at the point and fired a laser beam of a wrister at the Bulldogs net which beat Costantini high, but did not beat the crossbar – the puck deflected high and out of play. No scoring came from that powerplay.
The Generals managed to get set up in the Bulldogs zone at even strength a few minutes later in a shift in which Ty Tullio was a beast. He was throwing the body, he was relentless on the puck and he made some spectacular passes in the hopes of getting Oshawa on the board.
A hard hit against Ryan Gagnier sent Tye McSorley into a flurry in a fight against Navrin Mutter. Both players got their licks in, and the fight was a draw. McSorley was ejected from the game but it was clear that the team supported his willingness to stand up for his teammate as he received a couple of stick taps of thanks from the rest of his teammates as he left the playing surface.
The bad blood stayed at the surface as a General’s onslaught at the end of the period was halted by Kade Landry who was called for boarding and Kyle MacLean stood up for his teammate and was also sent back to the bin, for his second roughing penalty of the game.
The period ended with an unchanged score of 2-0 and the Generals heavily outshooting their foe – with a total that would make Canadian rock legends Rush proud, 21-12.
Oshawa started the third just as they had ended the second, on an onslaught. They controlled the puck well, and fired whatever bits of rubber that they could on the Hamilton opening.
Serron Noel broke out of the Generals zone and headed up the right side of the ice. He then broke to the net in a move that resulted in both the puck and Serron landing in the back of the net – bringing the score to within 1.
Next at 11:52, smooth-skating defenseman Lleyton Moore received the puck off of a Kyle MacLean faceoff win. Moore faked a slapshot and instead passed to Ty Tullio whose hard work paid off with a one-timer right to the Bulldogs’ twine evening the score at 2.
Shortly after the goal, Michael Renwick threw a knee at Generals’ star Allan McShane to which Danil Antropov did not take very kindly. Antropov’s gloves went flying as he rang blows upon Renwick. As Antropov went to the box for a roughing double-minor penalty, McShane retrieved his gloves and returned them with a hug in thanks for his support. Tonight’s matchup was rough and tumble as the Bulldogs were trying to use their physicality to get the highly skilled Generals off of their game – but through it all, the Generals’ camaraderie and team cohesiveness was on full-display. Time and time again the boys from Oshawa would get put into a tough situation and their teamwork would pull them through.
On the ensuing penalty kill, Mitchell Brewer sprung Captain MacLean on a break up the left side of the ice. He broke into the zone and launched a shot from almost below the goal line on a near impossible angle. The puck bounced off of the side of Costantini and into the net – the Captain giving his team their first and last lead of the night.
The Generals held on to get the victory, outshooting the Bulldogs a whopping 39-18.
Oshawa Generals (3) – Hamilton Bulldogs (2)
1 – Kyle MacLean (1 goal, 1 assist, 7 SOG, 4 PIM, 84.6% on Faceoffs)
2 – Ty Tullio (1 goal, 5 SOG)
3 – Marco Costantini (.923 SV%)
Hardest Working Player of the Game:
Brett Neumann (+1, 8 SOG, 85% on Faceoffs)
The Generals will return to the Tribute Communities Centre on Sunday, November 3 at 6:05pm to face off against Connor McMichael and the London Knights.
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