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Gens win in Owen Sound

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

After a weekend where the Generals won all three games, the team was looking for more of the same.

However, Mother Nature, as well as their opponents, had something to say about that.

Saturday’s game in Owen Sound was postponed and moved to Monday, while Oshawa faced some stiff competition in the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday, and the Ottawa 67’s on Sunday.

Heading into Owen Sound, the Gens were at a disadvantage right out of the gate, as it took less than two minutes for the Attack to take the lead.

However, with the period winding down, Brett Neumann found himself in front of Owen Sound’s net, grabbing a pass before he rifled home the Gens first of the game, tying it up heading into the second period.

Owen Sound mounted their attack again early in the second, taking the lead back off the stick of Deni Goure.

However, a few minutes later recently acquired Philip Tomasino found himself alone in the offensive zone, and scored to tie the game back up.

But less than a minute later Owen Sound retook the lead with a goal from Igor Chibrikov.

As the period was drawing to a close, captain Kyle MacLean took things into his own hands, as he and rookie Brett Harrison forechecked their way to a goal.

With only seconds left on the clock, Neumann managed to break out of a scrum behind the net where he swung his way back around and fired one off of goaltender Nick Chenard’s chest, and Tomasino picked up the rebound and fired off his 30th of the season, handing the Gens a 4-3 lead heading into the third.

Once again, it took Owen Sound less than two minutes to score heading into the third period, tying the game up once again.

However, it was at the midway point of the period when the game’s fate was decided.

After gaining the puck on the rebound, the Gens offense took control as they weaved the puck through the Owen Sound defenders, only for the puck to land on the stick of Allan McShane, who fired home the game winning goal, giving the Gens the 5-4 victory.

In the win, the Gens took advantage of their opportunities as they were outshot 37-23, and went one-for-two on the power play.

They also took home the first and third stars of the game, with Tomasino (two goals, two assists), and Neumann (one goal, two assists) as the recipients.

In earlier action, the Gens took on the   67’s at home, where they got off to a slow start.

The first period saw the 67’s score a shorthanded goal, as well as one on the power play, forcing Oshawa to fight from behind to begin the second period.

The Gens hit the ice running, with Ty Tullio firing a rebound past Ottawa’s Cedrick Andree to cut the lead in half.

The 67’s recovered however, as Mitchell Hoelscher added one more.

Allan McShane then found a hole with a wrist shot to bring the game back to within one.

Before the period could draw to a close, Jacob Winterton was weaving his way through a series of Ottawa defenders when he found the back of the net, tying the game.

It was for naught however, as Jack Quinn and Hoelscher would each add a goal to hand Oshawa the 5-3 loss.

During the game, the Generals were outshot 28-21, and went 5-for-6 on the penalty kill, while scoring once on the power play.

Two Gens received star of the game honours, with McShane (one goal), and Tullio (one goal) earning the first and third stars respectively.

Oshawa also took on the Steelheads at home, where they also started the game down two goals.

With Mississauga taking the early lead, the Gens were looking for a comeback, and Neumann led the way when he completed a game of tic-tac-toe with teammates William Ennis and Nico Gross.

Heading into the second period down 2-1, the Gens were still looking to tie the game halfway through the period as Neumann fired the puck through the legs of a defender, as well as goaltender Kai Edmonds to tie the game.

With the score tied heading into the final frame, both teams were looking to sink their opponent.

The Steelheads were the successful team however, as Ty Collins scored the game winner less than two minutes into the period. They would add one more to make the final score 4-2.

Oshawa outshot Mississauga 34-29, while also going one-for-two on the power play. They were also awarded the first and third stars of the game, as Neumann (two goals) and Gross (one assist) took home the honours.

The Gens return home on Saturday, Jan. 25 to take on the Kingston Frontenacs at 2:05 p.m.