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Generals Start Road Trip on Right Foot

December 8, 2012 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Oshawa Generals

Plymouth, Michigan - The Generals' road trip started on Saturday as the Generals travelled to the Compuware Arena in Plymouth, where they mounted a third period comeback to defeat the Whalers by the score of 4-3. Scott Sabourin had a fantastic night, as he was involved in three of the Generals four goals. Daniel Altshuller made 34 saves to pick up his 17th win of the season.

The Generals powerplay gave them the lead 4:45 into the first period, as Scott Sabourin backhanded the puck past Whaler's netminder Matt Mahalak, putting Oshawa up 1-0. The lead was short lived however as the Whalers scored a goal of their own at the 6:02 mark to tie the game 1-1. With the referee's arm up for a delayed Generals penalty, Stefan Noesen back-handed the puck five-hole on Altshuller, giving him his 17th of the season.

The Generals started the second period on an extended power play after Plymouth picked up a 5-minute major in the first, but couldn't take advantage of it due to a strong Whalers penalty kill.Oshawa continued to press and was rewarded with a 5-on-3 power play at 8:44 of the second period. They capitalized this time with Cole Cassels scoring his 6th of the season, blasting a one-timer through Mahalak, giving the Generals a 2-1 lead. Plymouth would respond on a powerplay of their own, with Rickard Rakell getting just enough power on his shot to beat a sprawling Altshuller, who got a glove on it but couldn't hold on to make the save. Tom Wilson provided the Whaler's with a lead, 0:32 second left in the period after a high-light reel kick pass from Matthew Mistele, putting Plymouth up 3-2 and sending the 2,658 in attendance into a frenzy.

The second intermission seemed to transform the Generals as they came into the third period with some jump in their step. Playing in Plymouth's zone for the majority of the period, the Generals created several offensive chances and peppered Mahalak with shots. With Sabourin screening in front, Sebastian Uvira made some smooth moves to get around the Plymouth defenders and snapped a shot top corner to tie the game 3-3, with 13:40 left to play in the period. The Generals weren't done, as with just under five minutes left in the period, Scott Laughton drove hard to net and tried to catch Mahalak on a wrap-around. The net-minder got there in time to make the save, but Scott Sabourin got his stick on the puck and put it in the back of the net giving the Generals the 4-3 lead and Sabourin his 13th of the season. Altshuller held off the Whaler's offence, making 15 stops in the period, and giving Oshawa the win.

Scott Sabourin and Scott Laughton were selected as first and third stars of the game. Shots finished tied at 37 shots each.

Oshawa is in action tomorrow as they travel to Windsor for a 2:05pm start. The Generals travel to Barrie on the 13th, before returning home to the General Motors Centre for the Teddy Bear Toss against Belleville on December 14th. Puck drop is at 7:35pm.

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