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Gens lose grip on first after tough weekend

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

It was a rough weekend for the Gens as they capped it off with a loss against the Soo Greyhounds on the road.

It took until the third period for the Gens to break through and end the Greyhounds attempt at a shutout.

Down 2-0 heading into the final frame, Oshawa was looking to cut the lead in half and put pressure on the Greyhounds.

Less than two minutes into the third period, rookie Brett Harrison took a pass from Danil Antropov, who was tangled up with a Greyhound in front of the net, and rifled it past goaltender Bailey Brkin for his fourth goal of the season.

With Oshawa down by only one goal, the pressure was on to add another.

One more goal was scored in the game, but it was off the stick of Greyhound Billy Constantinou, bringing the lead back up to two goals only 39 seconds later.

The final score of the game was 3-1 in favour of the Greyhounds, as the Gens were outshot 24-23.

In earlier action, the Generals were in Sudbury taking on the second place Wolves.

The Gens entered the game hoping to maintain their grip on first place, but after a nine-game winning streak to start the season, Oshawa has played to a record of 5-5-0-1.

The Generals started off strong in the first period, allowing only eight shots, while taking 15 themselves.

However, they were unable to break through.

A hole was eventually found when Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield scored twice on the Gens’ Zachary Paputsakis in the second.

The Gens finally found their chance halfway through the third period.

While sitting in front of the net, Allan McShane snagged a pass from Ty Tullio, laid it out in front of him, and fired it past goaltender Christian Purboo for his sixth of the season.

With the lead cut in half, the Gens kept up the pressure, outshooting Sudbury 16-8 in the third.

But it was Sudbury who was able to capitalize, adding two more goals to bring the final score to 4-1.

With the two losses over the weekend, the Gens have now fallen behind the Ottawa 67’s and are tied for second place with the Wolves, and the rival Peterborough Petes.

With a game in North Bay on Thursday, the Generals return home to take on the Erie Otters on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:35 p.m.