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Gens end losing streak with three wins over weekend

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

After a tough stretch where the Gens lost six of seven games, they unloaded their frustrations and won three straight this past weekend.

Taking on the Peterborough Petes at home on Sunday, Oshawa had yet to beat their rival in three tries this season. However, the fourth attempt saw a different team at the Tribute Communities Centre.

Hitting the ice at home for the first time in four games, David Jesus made sure to start things in Oshawa’s favour as he snuck one in off the back of Petes goalie Hunter Jones.

After the Petes responded with a goal of their own, the Gens found themselves on the powerplay.

Taking advantage in a lapse of judgement by Jones, Daniel Michaud stole the puck off the goaltender’s stick, quickly sliding it to fellow rookie, Brett Harrison, who found the back of an open net for the Gens’ second of the game.

With the lead in hand, newly acquired General Philip Tomasino fired a one-timer which left him with one knee on the ice, and a goal.

Nick Robertson then added one more for Peterborough, cutting the lead in half.

With the clock winding down in the second, Tomasino picked up a rebound in front of the net, flipping it past Jones to give then Gens a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.

Harrison then started the final frame with a breakaway, burying the puck and giving the Gens a 5-2 lead.

The Petes would add two more, bringing the lead down to one before Ty Tullio and Tomasino faced down two defenseman with an empty net behind them.

Tomasino quickly passed to his new teammate, catching both defenders off guard and allowing Tullio to add an insurance goal with less than a minute left of play.

Despite being outshot 32-28 by the Petes, the Gens went two-for-three on the powerplay.

Harrison (two goals and an assist), and Tomasino (two goals and an assist) took home the first two stars of the game respectively.

In earlier action the Gens were in Windsor taking on the Spitfires.

It only took Oshawa 38 seconds to give up the first goal of the game to the Spitfires’ Wyatt Johnston – the only goal of the first period.

However, they soon found themselves on the powerplay, when Brett Neumann fired a one-timer past Windsor goaltender Xavier Medina for his 30th of the season.

Curtis Douglas then responded with two goals for the Spitfires, putting the Gens down 3-1 at the end of the second.

Oshawa came into the final frame strong as Tomasino stole the puck off the stick of a Windsor defender, then passed to an open Tullio who fired it home.

Down by one, veteran Allan McShane tapped in a rebound after Tomasino fired a shot at Medina.

Mitchell Brewer then found himself sliding on his knees with the puck before he passed to Cole Resnick, who then found an open Harrison, who took advantage of an open net to add to the lead for the game winning goal.

Tomasino would then add two more, bringing the final score to 6-3 for the Gens.

Despite being heavily outshot 33-20, the Gens took advantage for their chances, going two-for-two on the powerplay.

They also took home two of the three stars of the game with Tomasino (two goals, three assists), and Tullio (a goal and an assist) being first and third respectively.

The Gens were also in Sarnia recently, where they beat the Sting 4-3, with Tomasino scoring his first two goals as a General.

The puck will drop in Oshawa again on Friday, Jan. 17 as the Mississauga Steelheads makes their way into town at 7:35 p.m.