Losing streak hits five in Owen Sound
Oshawa, Ont., – The one and only trip to Owen Sound for the Generals was a rough one. The Generals came into the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre and dropped their 5th straight game, this time by a score of 7-4.
It was a disappointing start for the Generals, giving up the first goal of the game just 14 seconds in. Off the opening faceoff, Colby Barlow snapped one past Carter Bickle on the very first shot of the game, for his 46th of the season. A few minutes later, Deni Goure kept the puck to himself on a 2-on-1 and beat Bickle high into the top corner for a 2-0 Owen Sound lead.
With less than five minutes remaining in the period, Stuart Rolofs ended the goalless drought with a clean backhand drag play, keeping the puck flat along the ice and through the pads of Carter George. Rolofs 29th of the season ended a season-long stretch of four games without a goal. Two minutes late, a loose puck sat all alone in the Owen Sound crease, but not long enough for the Attack, as Dylan Roobroeck buried it behind George for his 15th of the year, tying the game 2-2. After 20 minutes, the Attack outshot the Gens 14-13.
The second period saw the Attack get their first power play chance of the night. While the Generals were able to kill off the penalty, one second after the penalty expired, the Attack were able to bury their third goal of the evening, going up 3-2. Matthew Papais gave Owen Sound a 4-2 lead after breaking into the Generals’ zone all alone before beating Bickle short side for his 17th of the year.
Less than a minute later, rookie defenceman Ben Danford picked top corner over the shoulder of George for his 3rd of the season to bring Oshawa back within one.
In the final frame, the Attack ran away with things. Three goals from Antonio Teresigni, Servac Petrovsky and Ben Cormier put Owen Sound up four goals, leading 7-3. Despite the offensive pressure Oshawa was able to put on the Attack throughout the third, they could only solve George once in the final frame, when Rolofs scored his second of the game, and 30th of the season with just 11 seconds left in the game. Carter Bickle stopped 42/49 shots faced in the game.
While Oshawa dropped this one 7-3, they got some out-of-town help from the Mississauga Steelheads, as they defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 5-2 to keep the Frontenacs one point behind the Generals for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Oshawa can snap the five-game skid tomorrow night on home ice against the Flint Firebirds, with puck drop scheduled for 6:05. Tomorrow night’s game features the return of Generals’ alumni and Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain John Tavares, as we play tomorrow night’s game in support of the John Tavares Foundation.