By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express
Looking to finish on a high note, the Oshawa Generals took on the Sudbury Wolves in the final game of the regular season on St. Patrick’s Day.
The Gens offense exploded as Allan McShane opened the scoring only a few minutes into the game by putting a wrist shot from the slot past Sudbury goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen on the powerplay.
Another goal quickly came off the stick of Serron Noel as he scored on a breakaway.
A few more minutes later, Anthony Salinitri got his own breakaway to put one past Luukkonen for his 48th of the season.
Salinitri’s goal chased Luukkonen from the game, as he was replaced by Jonathan Lemaire, who didn’t allow another goal in the first.
Halfway through the second period, Brett Neumann was the first General to get a puck past Lemaire as he scored on the powerplay.
Unwilling to stop there, Nando Eggenberger buried a loose rebound in front of the net for his 25th of the season, giving the Gens a 5-0 lead at the end of the period.
In the final frame, Neumann picked up where his team had left off when he snapped a shot off the bar for his 45th of the season.
However, the Wolves finally broke through as Darian Pilon scored for Sudbury.
The Wolves goal was quickly followed by another from McShane as he deked pass Lemaire to score his 34th of the season.
The Gens then gave up a powerplay goal to Jack Thompson, cutting the lead down to five.
However, that would be all as Noel would add one more past Lemaire during a scramble in front of the net for his 34th of the season, securing the Gens an 8-2 victory.
Oshawa outshot their opponents 39-30, and went two-for-three on the powerplay.
McShane was named the first star of the game after scoring two goals and three assists, with Brandon Saigeon being named the second star putting up four assists, and Neumann was the third star after scoring two goals.
In earlier action the Gens took on the Kingston Frontenacs at home where they won 3-2.
Oshawa outshot Kingston 41-22 but did not score on their lone powerplay.
Nico Gross was named the first star of the game with two assists, and McShane was the second star after scoring a goal.
The Gens then took on the Frontenacs again for the last time on the road this season where they took home the win with a commanding 6-1 victory.
Oshawa outshot their opponent 36-25, and went two-for-three on the powerplay.
Oshawa finished third in the OHL’s Eastern Conference, and second behind the Ottawa 67’s in the East Division.
The Generals had a record of 44-20-4-0 for 92 points and .676 winning percentage.
The Gens had a goal differential of +72 after scoring 288 goals for versus 216 goals against.
They will take on the rival Peterborough Petes in the first round of the playoffs, as the Petes finished sixth in the conference and third in the division.
The Gens outscored the Petes 41-24 on their way to a record of 6-1-1-0 during the 2018-19 season.
With home ice advantage, the Gens take on the Petes for the first game of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals on Friday, March 22 at 7:35 p.m.