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Gens stymied to end weekend

The Generals game against the Windsor Spitfires marked the 21st annual Teddy Bear Toss Game (Photo by Ian Goodall)

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

The Generals entered Sunday’s game against the Windsor Spitfires having won both of their previous games over the weekend.

However, they were met with a strong defense and a brick wall in net on Sunday night’s game at home.

Playing at home, the Gens were unable to hold off the Spitfires’ onslaught as they allowed 41 shots throughout the game.

The first period started off strong for the Gens, as Jack Studnicka opened the scoring on the powerplay, and was showered with thousands of teddy bears, as it was the 21st annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Studnicka was assisted by Giovanni Vallati.

However, that lead was short-lived as Luke Boca scored a shorthanded goal for the Spitfires, which was then followed by a goal from Kyle McDonald to give Windsor a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.

Windsor wouldn’t look back as they added two more goals to their lead, one by Daniel D’Amico and another from Boca. The final score was 4-1 in favour of the Spitfires.

With the only goal for the Gens coming from Studnicka, the Gens allowed 41 shots to their 25. Eighteen of Windsor’s shots came in the first period.

In earlier action, the Gens were on the road playing the Guelph Storm hoping to boost their spot in the standings.

In the first period, both the Gens and Storm were held scoreless, both taking eight shots in the period.

Six minutes into the second period everything changed when Danil Antropov opened the scoring when he snuck one past Storm goalie Anthony Popovich for his seventh on the season.

The Storm responded with a one timer from Jack Hanley, tying the game. However, less than a minute later Nando Eggenberger scored his 13th by wristing one through defenders to give the Gens a 2-1 lead going into the third.

To begin the third, after playing some tic-tac-toe in front of the net, Studnicka opened the scoring with his 10th of the season, giving the Gens a 3-1 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Allan McShane snuck one in behind Popovich, giving the Gens a 4-1 lead. He was assisted by Serron Noel and Eggenberger.

However, the Storm wouldn’t go down so easily, adding two more to bring themselves within one. But the Gens held on, winning the game 4-1 over the Storm.

The number of shots in the game stayed even, as the Gens had 29 to the Storm’s 28.

McShane was named first star of the game after scoring the game winning goal, and Studnicka was the third star of the game, with a goal of his own.

After taking one from the Storm on Friday, the Gens moved on to Kingston on Saturday to face the lowly Frontenacs.

The Gens took to the ice hard, as they were quick to open the scoring with a goal from the slot from McShane, his ninth of the season. The assists went to Kyle MacLean, and the newest Gen on the block, Anthony Salinitri.

Just over two minutes later, Vallati took a shot from the point that made it past Frontenacs goaltender, Brendan Bonello, giving the Gens a two-goal lead to end the first.

After fighting off penalties and coming close to scoring, the Gens would add another in the second, with Vallati scoring his second of the game after a tic-tac-toe play in front of the net.

The Gens had a 3-0 lead over the Fronts heading into the third.

Continuing their onslaught, Tyler Tullio snapped a wrist shot into the top corner against Bonello only a minute-and-a-half into the third period, giving them a 4-0 lead.

With a three-on-one break, Noel passed to McShane who scored his second of the game, giving the Gens a final score of 5-0 over the Fronts.

Throughout the game, the Gens took a total of 10 penalties, killing off each and every one.

They also outshot the Frontenacs by a large margin at 38 to 23.

McShane was once again named the first star of the game after scoring two goals and an assist, with Vallati being named the second star of the game after scoring two goals himself, and Kyle Keyser was named the third star of the game after getting the shutout in net.

After winning two games, the Gens still sit at second place in the Eastern Division, and are resting at second in the conference, where they are tied with the Niagara IceDogs and the Sudbury Wolves at 36 points.

The Gens will now take an extended road trip, as their next three games will be away from Tribute Communities Centre. They take on the Barrie Colts to begin the road trip on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.