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Gens hopeful for coaches return in the new year

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The weekend may not have gone entirely in the favour of the Oshawa Generals, but they did recently receive some good news that could be keeping the team’s sprits up.

In a statement released by the organization, head coach Bob Jones, who has missed the first half of the season due to illness, says he’s looking forward to returning early in the new year.

“I am home now and recovering well,” the statement from Jones reads. “In 23 years of coaching, this is the first year I have missed training camp and not started with the team from the beginning. I will be back in the new year and hoping to join the team in January. I am looking forward to having a great second half of the season and a long playoff run.”

The statement came ahead of a tough three-game weekend for the Gens who travelled first to London on Dec. 1, where they churned out a 5-3 win over the Knights, followed by stops in Windsor and Sarnia.

The latter games did not go in the Gens favour as they took on two of the league’s top teams, falling to Windsor 3-0 and the Sting 4-1.

The Generals have another three-game weekend ahead of them as they face off against the Ottawa 67s on Dec. 8 at the Tribute Communities Centre before travelling to Barrie on Dec. 9. The club wraps up their weekend at home against the Saginaw Spirit on Dec. 10. Puck drop is set for 6:05 p.m.