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Generals Can't Complete Comeback against Steelheads

January 17, 2022 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Oshawa Generals News Release

The Mississauga Steelheads scored three times on 37 shots to defeat the Oshawa Generals 3-1 on Sunday night at Tribute Communities Centre.

Oshawa's only goal came in the game's final minutes, already down 3-0, as Stuart Rolofs tipped home a shot from Ty Tullio.

Despite the only goal in the first period going to Mississauga, Oshawa had multiple glorious chances denied by goaltender Roman Basran. The OA goaltender stopped 19 of 20 shots for the win.

Luca DelBelBelluz scored to make it 2-0 midway through the second with his 18th of the season. Mississauga controlled most of the play in the second frame, outshooting the Generals 14-5.

For the majority of the third, Mississauga did an excellent job at cycling the puck down in Oshawa's end, burning the clock as much as possible.

Oshawa pulled Paputsakis with just under three minutes remaining, and the Steelheads took advantage, as Max Dodig scored his second of the season to extend the lead to 3-0.

Rolofs would ruin the shutout, but it would be all the Generals would get, as Mississauga would hold onto the 3-1 lead in line for the win.

Mississauga now has registered at least a point in each of the last nine games and extended their lead atop the Eastern Conference standings.

"They are a strong defensive team, and they showed that here tonight," head coach Todd Miller said after the game. "We have to be better in getting pucks behind their defence and generate more consistent offence."

Despite only registering one goal in this game, it wasn't for lack of opportunities. Captain Ty Tullio had numerous glorious chances, and Rolofs had a great opportunity on a 2-on-1, but his stick broke on the shot.

Post-game, Miller had nothing but praise for his new top line of Olausson, Rolofs, and Tullio.

"They were great in Peterborough and were great again here tonight. They could have had a couple of goals in this one; they are going to be a dynamic line for us moving forward."

The Generals are back in action on Tuesday night to face the Kingston Frontenacs before hosting a rematch against Mississauga on Thursday night.

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