By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
The Oshawa Generals came out on the right end of a chippy, back-and-forth battle with the North Bay Battalion, winning 7-4 on Feb. 12 at the Tribute Communities Centre.
The game marked the team’s first Super Hero Night, which saw themed jerseys for the ocassion done in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
The Gens got the scoring started with a goal from Jack Studnicka just over five minutes into the opening frame. Kenny Heuther would later put the Gens back on top after the Battalion had evened the score.
The Generals would jump ahead 4-1 off goals from Renars Krastenbergs and Domenic Commisso. However, the Battalion would stay close with a goal from Andy Baker. When Oshawa pushed back with a goal from Riley Stillman to make it 5-2, North Bay pushed back harder with a pair of their own goals to make it 5-4 going into the third period.
In the third, Oshawa would put the game out of reach, adding a pair more from Mason Kohn and Grayden Gottschalk to end the game 7-4.
“There were certainly some momentum shifts in the game,” said head coach Bob Jones following the victory “Certainly, when you have a team 4-1, you’d like to think you can put them away, but some sloppy plays, some undisciplined penalties, they creeped their way back into the game…There’s some areas we have to clean up, but you know what, I’m not going to be too critical after a win.”
The victory was Oshawa’s second in their last three, with the other coming on the road in a 5-3 win over the Sarnia Sting on Feb. 10. The night before, the Generals sustained a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Memorial Cup host Windsor Spitfires.
However, Jones says he’s happy with the weekend results, despite the uneven loss on Friday night.
“This team has grown together and they’re playing for each other and getting rewarded at the right times,” he says. “They show their resilience time and time again and it’s a credit to our leadership and our young guys have come a long way.”
For Jones, new acquisition Kohn has been a real asset for the team, filling some of the void left behind after the departure of former captain Anthony Cirelli at the trade deadline.
“Cirelli was kind of our engine up front, and you’ll never replace Anthony, of course, but Mason Kohn brings the same kind of work ethic,” Jones says. “He provides that most nights and he’s been a real asset.”
Kohn was acquired from the Kitchener Rangers, where he had spent his entire junior hockey career.
“It was unbelievable. The best city, great fans, great organization, loved the guys there, but it’s time for a new chapter here and I’m glad to be with all the guys here,” Kohn says. “I’m meshing really well with a lot of the guys.”
The Generals are back in action this weekend when they take on the Ottawa 67s on Feb. 17 at the TCC before travelling to Owen Sound on Feb. 18. The Gens will also play a special Family Day game on Feb. 20 at home, starting at 2:05 p.m.