By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
An overtime goal foiled the comeback effort for the Oshawa Generals on Jan. 5 as they fell to the Barrie Colts 3-2 at the Barrie Molson Centre.
The Colts, sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, were looking to jump ahead of the first-place Generals on Thursday night and took advantage of some weak defense and scored twice on Kyle Keyser, starting in place of Jeremy Brodeur.
However, before the period was out, Eric Henderson, working off passes from Daniel Robertson and Renars Krastenbergs, put the puck in the net to get the Gens within one. Krastenbergs is fresh off his return from the World Junior Championships where he was one of the top point-getters for Latvia.
The Colts held on to their one-goal lead for most of the game, and it wasn’t until the six-minute mark in the third that Domenic Commisso was able to tip in a shot to send the game to overtime.
In the extra frame, an odd man rush by the Colts would just manage to get the puck past Keyser and seal the 3-2 victory for Barrie.
The game was a significant one for the Generals’ most recent acquisition Matt Brassard, who only one week ago was acquired from the Colts for a package of draft picks.
Speaking with The Express following Oshawa’s 4-1 victory over the Ottawa 67s on Jan. 1, Brassard says he’s slowly getting accustomed to the play in Oshawa.
“I think I’m still kind of getting adjusted. It’s a different game plan, obviously,” he says. “I think Im starting to settle in pretty well.”
The rare, right-handed defenseman is a strong, two-way force on Oshawa’s back end and has played 57 games with the Colts over the course of two OHL seasons, totalling six goals and 12 assists. The trade marks the first time the Barrie native has left home.
“I really liked it there and Barrie was a great organization. They had great staff, it was a great group of guys. It’s sad to leave, especially because it’s my home town, but I’m really excited to be here in Oshawa too,” he says. “Everything is going well, the guys are treating me very well, they’re bringing me in well…so everything is going good so far.”
Following the Christmas break, the Gens have lost three of their last four games. However, they still hold down the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 22-11-2-2 record for 48 points. Trailing close behind them are their rival Peterborough Petes (21-12-1-3) with 46 points.
The Oshawa Generals travelled to Hamilton on Jan. 5 to face the Bulldogs, but the results of that game were not available prior to press time. Oshawa returns to the Tribute Communities Centre on Jan. 8 to face off against the Kingston Frontenacs. Puck drop is set for 6:05 p.m.