By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express
With a spot in the playoffs already being clinched, the Oshawa Generals went into the weekend hoping to improve their regular season record.
On Sunday the Gens took on the Ottawa 67’s to end a three game weekend.
The game began with both teams showing speed as scoring chances were aplenty for both sides. However, in the second half of the first that changed as Ottawa began to control the puck.
Just under 10 minutes into the game, Tye Felhaber scored for Ottawa to put the Generals behind early.
With the period coming to an end, Kody Clark scored another for Ottawa, putting the Gens down 2-0 at the end of the first. Oshawa was outshot 16-8 to start the game.
Ottawa wasted no time in the second as well, with Marco Rossi scoring to further add to the lead.
With Rossi’s goal being the only one in the second period, the Gens were down 3-0 heading into the third.
Once again the Gens were heavily outshot by their first place opponent in the third period, as Felhaber added another, his 58th of the season, in the dying minutes of the game, to hand the Generals a 4-0 loss.
Oshawa was outshot 42-22 by Ottawa, and went 0-for-5 on the powerplay.
In earlier action, the Gens took on the North Bay Battalion at home.
Despite coming out of the gate fast and hard, the Gens did not score in the first, with the only goal coming from North Bay’s Justin Brazeau midway through the period.
However, the second period was a different story as Allan McShane broke the shutout with a breakaway for his 30th goal of the season, ten more than his previous career high.
Only a few minutes later, Anthony Salinitri broke the tie when he slid the puck past North Bay goaltender Christian Propp.
Salinitri would then add another as he took a pass in the air from Giovanni Vallati to further add to the lead.
The Gens would finish the second with a 3-1 lead over the Battalion.
Picking up right where they left off in the third, Salinitri once again completed a hat trick, his fifth of the season, to give the Gens a 4-1 lead on four unanswered goals.
Refusing to slow down, Oshawa continued to press forward as Brett Neumann scored off the backhand after being set up by Danil Antropov.
Only a couple of minutes later, while playing 4-on-4 hockey, Ty Tullio put one past Propp to extend the Gens lead to five, and resulted in Propp being pulled from the game.
After extending their lead to five, the Gens had another opportunity playing 5-on-3 hockey. Vallati ripped one from the point past the fresh Battalion goalie, Christian Purboo, to give the Gens a 7-1 lead.
The game would end with the Gens winning 7-1 over North Bay.
Oshawa outshot their opponent by a large margin, 51-28, and went 2-for-8 on the powerplay.
All three stars of the game were Generals, with Salinitri leading the way after scoring his fifth hat trick, Tullio was behind him after a goal and an assist, and McShane was third with a goal and an assist.
The Generals then moved on to Ottawa to take on the 67’s to begin a home-and-home against their division rival.
With backup goalie Aidan Hughes in net for Oshawa, both teams were shutout in the first period, as Ottawa outshot the Gens 10-7.
The second was a different story however as four goals total were scored, beginning with two goals from Ottawa, putting the Gens down 2-0 halfway through the second.
However, Cole Resnick ended the shutout as he tipped a shot from Mitchell Brewer past Ottawa goalie Michael DiPietro.
Resnick was followed by Tullio less than two minutes later, as he slipped one past DiPietro to tie the game.
With the game tied heading into the third, the Gens only had three shots on net the whole period, but they managed to capitalize with a one-timer off the stick of McShane to give the Gens a 3-2 lead, which was all they would need as they took home the victory against their divisional rival.
Oshawa capitalized on the few opportunities given to them as the Gens were outshot by the 67’s 36-18. Both teams also went 0-for-3 on the powerplay.
Hughes was named the first star of the game after he stopped 34 of 36 shots for Oshawa, and McShane was the second star after he got the game-winning goal.
With only three games remaining, the Gens take on the Kingston Frontenacs at home tonight, followed by another game against Kingston on Friday, March 15 on the road, and they will close out the regular season at home against the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday, March 15.