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Generals Drop Heartbreaker to IceDogs

February 19, 2022 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
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Oshawa, Ont., - In a game that looked to be complete domination from the visiting IceDogs, the Oshawa Generals found a way to extend their point streak to eight games with a shootout loss.

The first period was ultimately one to forget, with Niagara opening the scoring less than two minutes into the game, and adding to their lead four more times before the buzzer. Goals coming from Brice Cooke, Declan Waddick, Daniel Michaud and Anthony Agostinelli seemed to put the game out of reach while barely underway.

The Generals were forced to take their time out less than halfway through the first period and pulled starter Patrick Leaver after the first three goals.

It was all negative in the opening twenty, as rookie phenom, Calum Ritchie found the back of the net for his 15th of the season.

Starting the 2nd period down 5-1, Head Coach Todd Miller opted to put starter Patrick Leaver back in net, after Zachary Paputsakis didn't fare much better in relief.

The Generals came out FLYING in the middle period, catching up in the shot clock and putting a lot of pressure back onto the IceDogs.

In a much more contained period for Oshawa, they would outshoot the IceDogs 17-9 and trade goals with the visitors just once, making it a 6-2 game. Captain Ty Tullio would score his 24th of the season before the San Jose prospect and Niagara scoring leader Danil Guschin responded with his 27th.

The third period is where things got interesting. The Generals hottest player as of late, Oskar Olausson scored two goals less than four minutes into the final frame, making it a 6-4 game.

The crowd of 2778 in attendance could sense something was changing inside the Tribute Communities Centre.

After a slight shift in momentum that saw Rodwin Donicio make it 7-4, the Generals put it into overdrive.

Avalance prospect Olausson would score his third and fourth of the night to bring the score to 7-6. Not only was this Oskar's first-ever four-goal performance, it was also his second straight hattrick on home ice. After what some considered a slow start with his new team - in his last two games, he has seven goals.

The comeback would be complete when Dawson McKinney ripped home his sixth of the season. The Generals would come all the way back from down 6-2 in the third period to steal a point from Niagara.

Both teams had some decent chances in the extram frame, including a goal of the year chance off the stick of Ty Tullio, but both Leaver and Niagara netminder Joseph Costanzo stood tall.

At the end of four periods, the Generals massively outshot their opponent 52-38.

In the shootout, Ty Tullio and Danil Gushchin both scored in the second round, before four straight shooters aside failed to find the back of the net.

In round seven, Stuart Rolofs is unable to sneak the puck over the line, giving Juan Copeland the chance to win the game - which he does.

The Generals will have to move on from this heartbreaking loss right away, as they head up the 400 to take on the Barrie Colts at 7:00PM on Saturday night.

Oshawa returns to home ice on Family Day Monday, February 21st, against these very same IceDogs. Limited tickets are availble.

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