By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
It was another tough weekend for the Oshawa Generals as they found themselves on the wrong end of a home-and-home series with the Ottawa 67s.
Starting in the nation’s capital on Nov. 10, Oshawa dropped a 5-3 decision to the 67s, followed by a 6-2 tromping on home ice on Nov. 12 in front of almost 5,500 fans.
The loss marked the fifth straight for Oshawa who are struggling with a rash of injuries to a collection of the team’s core players.
On Sunday, things started to slip downhill fast as Ottawa jumped ahead 2-0 in the first five minutes of the game. One of those goals came on a shorthanded breakaway following a breakdown on the Generals blueline.
Goaltender Cole Ceci made the start in the game, but was pulled after less than 25 minutes after allowing four goals on 17 shots, replaced by Nathan Torchia. The Gens are still missing starting goaltender Kyle Keyser who was injured during a game against the Kingston Frontenacs last weekend. He’s been listed as day-to-day.
A soar spot and potential cause of the Gens troubles has been the ailing special teams. Currently, the team’s penalty kill sits last in the league, while their powerplay was just able to jump out of the last spot, to 19th, following a powerplay goal from Allan McShane.
McSchane was perhaps the only bright spot for Oshawa over the weekend, and the only player seemingly able to find the back of the net. McShane scored a hatrick against Ottawa on Friday night and scored Oshawa’s only two goals in the Sunday’s loss.
The productions puts him in a comfortable lead on points for the Gens with 24 through 20 games.
Along with the injury to Keyser, the Gens were also missing rookie forward Nick Wong, who had only just returned from winning a silver medal with Canada at the World U17 Hockey Challenge. The club was also missing both Renars Krastenbergs and Kyle MacLean, currently out with injuries, along with Riley Stillman and Eric Henderson who are both serving suspensions.
This week, Oshawa will travel to Peterborough on Friday to take on the rival Petes, then Mississauga on Friday before playing host to the Barrie Colts on Nov. 19.