By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express
The Oshawa Generals entered this past weekend looking to make a change in their record. They had played consistent hockey until that point, but were looking to show that they could do more.
With three games played this past weekend, the Gens made a statement by winning all three and scoring 16 goals in the process.
Nov. 15 vs. Windsor Spitfires
Heading into the game against the Spitfires, Generals star Serron Noel had only scored one goal in his last five games. That all changed in the first period however, as he snuck one past Windsor’s Michael DiPietro in the first period. He was assisted by Nando Eggenberger and Nico Gross.
Five minutes later, Noel was able to notch another as he charged the Spitfire net, marking goal number 14 on the season for him, this one coming shorthanded.
Windsor responded when Will Cuylle scored to finish off the first period, giving the Gens a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
The second started slow before Tyler Tullio tipped one past DiPietro for his fourth of the season. He was assisted by Mitchell Brewer and Kyle MacLean.
Daniel D’Amico would then score for Windsor, bringing the score to 3-2 at the end of the second.
The scoring stopped until 12:45 into the third period, when Allan McShane was able to add some insurance for the Gens as he tapped in his fourth on the season. He was assisted by Noel and Eggenberger.
Eggenberger would put the final nail in Windsor’s coffin as he scored an empty netter in the dying minutes of the third period, giving the Gens a 5-2 lead to end the game. He was assisted by Jack Studnicka and Noel.
Noel received the first star of the game with two goals and two assists each.
Nov. 16 vs. Sarnia Sting
The Gens looked to continue the winning ways against the Sting in Sarnia.
Only six minutes into the first period, Eggenberger was quick to score off the faceoff to open the floodgates for the Gens. Snapping in his ninth of the season, Eggenberger was assisted by Studnicka.
The Sting responded with a goal from Kelton Hatcher, tying the game.
However, McShane would then sneak one over the shoulder of Sarnia goalie Ethan Langevin.
Eggenberger then followed suit, burying one in off the rebound for his second of the game. He was assisted by Ian Blacker and Studnicka.
The Gens finished the first period leading the Sting 3-1.
However, the Sting would respond with two goals from Ryan McGregor and Ashton Reesor to start the second and tie the game at 3-3.
Nick Wong would put the Gens back on top, however, Sarnia would then tie the game again with a goal from Hugo Leufvenius to end the second frame.
Going into the third, the Gens were looking to regain their lead and Wong was the answer as he quickly snapped one from in front, his fifth of the season, to give the Gens a 5-4 lead. He was assisted by MacLean and Danil Antropov.
The Gens did stop there, adding another from Eggenberger, giving him the hat trick and his 11th on the season. He was assisted by Studnicka and Noel.
They would add one more as Studnicka would score an empty netter for his eighth on the season to give the Gens a 7-4 final.
Eggenberger was named the first star of the game as he scored a hat trick to lead his team to victory.
Nov. 18 vs. Niagara IceDogs
The story of Sunday’s game against the IceDogs is penalties. Of the seven goals scored throughout the game, five of the came on the powerplay, three from the Gens and two from the IceDogs. In all, there were 14 powerplays in the game, with 18 penalties total, adding up to 36 penalty minutes.
Just over halfway through the first period, Giovanni Vallati opened the scoring, shooting one from the point past IceDogs goaltender Dhillon Stephen for his fourth on the season. He was assisted by Eggenberger and McShane.
After getting their second powerplay of the game, McShane would keep up the pace as he would score his sixth of the season off a rebound to give them a 2-0 lead, and their second powerplay goal of the night. He was assisted by Vallati and Studnicka.
In the second, the IceDogs would respond almost halfway through the period with a goal from Oliver Castleman, bringing the Gens lead down to one.
However, Matt Brassard would then score a one-timer for his fifth of the season, bringing the score to 3-1 for the Gens. He was assisted by Antropov and Eric Henderson, and it was the Gens third powerplay goal of the game.
Philip Tomasino would then score for the IceDogs, once again bringing the Gens lead back down to one, and finishing the second period with a score of 3-2.
Only one goal occurred in the third period, as Ben Jones scored for the IceDogs to tie the game at 3-3 before moving on to overtime.
With only about a minute remaining in overtime, Noel dropped the puck back for Brassard who then ripped one off the crossbar and into the net for his sixth of the season, and to give the Gens a 4-3 OT victory.
Kyle Keyser was awarded first star of the game, as he managed to stop 39 of 42 shots from the IceDogs offensive onslaught.
The Gens now move on to Ottawa to play the first place 67’s tonight at 7 p.m. They then come home on Friday to play the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Tribute Communities Centre at 7:35 p.m., followed by an afternoon game at home to end the weekend on Nov. 25 at 2:05 p.m.