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Gens split weekend road trip

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

The Oshawa Generals were on the road this past weekend taking on the Sudbury Wolves.

The Gens didn’t start out strong as they allowed a goal in just over three minutes to the Wolves’ Quinton Byfield in the first period.

As it was the only goal of the period, the second started with the Gens down 1-0, and things only got worse from there as Blake Murray added another goal for the Wolves.

Macauley Carson and Anthony DeMeo added two more for the Wolves to put the Gens down 4-0 in the second.

However, this was a tale of two games for Oshawa as in the second half they took off.

Brandon Saigeon took hold of the puck in the last few minutes of the period and, after taking a pass from Serron Noel, broke through the Sudbury defense to score his 37th of the season.

Then after a foul from behind by Emmett Serensits, Anthony Salinitri took a penalty shot where he fooled Wolves’ goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen on his stick side, giving him 42 goals this season.

Byfield then added another to make it 5-2 at the end of the second.

Heading into the third period down by three, the Gens made a quick push for a comeback as Brett Neumann took his time and sniped one on the glove side of Luukkonen to bring the Gens to within two early in the period.

Only 40 seconds later, Nando Eggenberger put a one-timer past Luukkonen to bring the Gens to within one.

That would be all however, as neither team would be able to put another on the board, making the final score 5-4 in favour of the Wolves.

Neumann was the only Gen to be named a star of the game as he was the third star with a goal and an assist.

Oshawa was outshot by Sudbury 34-28, and went 1-for-6 on the powerplay.

In earlier action the Gens were on the road as they took on the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

The Generals started the action as Allan McShane opened the scoring with a one-timer off a pass from Ty Tullio.

Just over a minute later, Keegan Howdeshell tied it for Sault Ste. Marie.

Brett Neumann would respond for the Gens however, as he scored a goal from right in front of the net to retake the lead.

However, the Greyhounds once again tied the game when Jaromir Pytlik scored with just under five minutes left in the period.

The game would remain tied at the end of the first and through the end of the second period as neither team was able to crack the scoreboard.

Heading into the third, the Gens and the Greyhounds traded shots at an almost even pace.

However, Nicholas Mattinen was able to find the back of the net for Oshawa as he knocked one in off his own rebound to give the Generals a 3-2 victory over Sault Ste. Marie.

The only General to be named a star of the game was Mattinen as he not only got the game-winning goal, but also had an assist.

Oshawa was outshot 29-24 in the victory, and also went 1-for-5 on the powerplay.

The Generals are at home again this weekend as they take on the North Bay Battalion on Friday, March 8, before hitting the road the next night against the Ottawa 67’s in the first off a home-and-home series wrapping up on March 10.