Tough Start Against NiagaraMarch 23, 2012 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Oshawa Generals
Oshawa and Niagara hit the ice boasting a combined total of thirteen 20 goal scorers. The series also features 20 NHL draft picks and 5 players from this year's edition of Team Canada that won bronze in Alberta.
In the first period, Niagara's firepower came at Kevin Bailie in droves. A highly effective power play, sustained offensive zone pressure, and key faceoff wins helped the IceDogs jump out to a 5 goal lead.
Daniel Altshuller came on to relieve Bailie in the middle frame. Niagara scored 2 more on the power play, but the Generals pushed back, making it 7-2 at the end of the second period. Emerson Clark ignited the visiting side when he scored at 13:17. Christian Thomas furthered Oshawa's resilience at 15:35.
In the third period, Friesen capped off his great night, completing the hat trick on the power play and giving Niagara their 8-2 final.
Niagara outshot Oshawa 51-34.
Alex Friesen, Andrew Agozzino and Brett Ritchie were the game's three star selections.
The Generals have a chance to turn it around at home tomorrow night, Friday March 23rd. They're right back at it, playing Niagara in Game 2 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa. Puck drops at 7:35 PM. Come cheer on the Gens as they attempt to even the series against the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
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