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Gens power play dominates Petes

It was a game filled with crushing checks and high scoring offense as the Generals defeated their rival Peterborough Petes 7-5 at the Tribute Communities Centre on Feb. 11. (Photos by Dave Flaherty)

The momentum shift for the Oshawa Generals on Sunday night against their rival Peterborough Petes was that out of a Hollywood movie.

The Gens pulled off a 7-5 victory in what was perhaps one of the most action-packed games of the season so far.

Things started off with a bang as Oshawa’s Sean Allen threw down his gloves to battle Peterborough’s John Parker-Jones.

The crowd was on its feet as the two went toe-to-toe, and Allen implored them to continue as the fight came to an end.

However, that excitement was quelled about two minutes later when Peterborough scored the first goal of the game.

The Petes would add a second on the power play in another two minutes to take a 2-0 after the first period.

The visitors would only need 1:36 into the second to go up by three goals, seemingly completely taking the air out of the Tribute Communities Centre.

Just when it seemed the Generals had their backs against the wall, the offense exploded.

Allan McShane notched his 13th of the season on the power play to get the Gens in the scoring column.

Just over a minute later, Danil Antropov also scored on the power play, with assists from Serron Noel and captain Jack Studnicka.

Not to be outdone, Noel tied the game with his 21st goal of the season, also on the power play, at 9:06 of the second.

Antropov was not finished as he once again scored on the power play at 11:54 to give the Gens a lead they’d never relinquish.

Renars Krastenbergs would add Oshawa’s fifth goal of the period, but Peterborough scored with less than a minute left in the second to make it a two-goal game again.

Kenny Huether and McShane would both add goals in the third period to help secure the victory.

Both teams were incredibly efficient on the power play, going a combined eight for 11.

In all, the Generals had eight players with multiple points.

Sunday’s performance snapped a short two-game losing streak.

The Gens were defeated 4-2 in Ottawa by the 67s on Friday, Feb. 9. In stark contrast to Sunday’s win, this game featured only two power plays.

McShane and Krastenbergs scored for the Gens in the loss.

In a rare Wednesday night game on Feb. 7, Oshawa fell to the Kingston Frontenacs.

The Frontenacs have dominated the season series so far, winning five of six match-ups.

After scoring three goals in the first period, Kingston would hold on for the 5-3 victory.

Looking at individual performances, 2018 has been a monster year so for Huether.

The Londesboro, Ontario native has posted at least a  point in 11 of his past 15 games, and past five overall.

In that five-game point streak, Huether has four goals and 8 assists.

These efforts earned him the OHL Player of the Week honours for the week ending Feb. 4.

The Gens record sits at 26-25-3-0 (55 points), good enough for third in the East Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Oshawa will be back on the road this Thursday and Friday against North Bay and Sudbury, before returning home for a Family Day matinee on Monday, Feb. 19 against the Battalion.