Generals Get Revenge in Win over Steelheads
The Oshawa Generals have defeated the first-place Mississauga Steelheads 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night at Tribute Communities Centre.
Mississauga, who defeated the Generals 3-1 on Sunday night, got on the board just 30 seconds into the game, as Luca DelBelBelluz was left alone in front of the net and fired it home for a 1-0 lead.
The Generals rebounded quickly after being down early, as just under seven minutes later, a point shot from Lleyton Moore had eyes and found its way through traffic and into the net.
The game would remain locked in a tie until the period's final minute. With 34 seconds remaining, Nikita Parfenyuk's shot found its way past Roman Basran to give Oshawa a 2-1 lead entering the 1st intermission.
Once again, Mississauga would waste little time in the 2nd before finding the scoresheet, as a broken play behind the Generals net leads to the puck bouncing off rookie Owen Beck and into the net, tying the game 2-2.
However, later in the period, the Generals start rookie would give the Generals the lead once again. This time, a great give-and-go between Harrison and Butler led to the puck lying in the crease, and Ritchie was there to bang it home, making it a 3-2 game.
Mississauga entered the third period down by one, frantically attempting to keep their nine-game point streak alive for another day. They had some great chances early on, but Leaver stood tall.
"The first couple goals were a little disappointing, I had to forget about them quickly," Leaver said after the game. "The boys in front of me were playing great, and I just kept battling."
The Steelheads would eventually find the tying goal, as Max Dodig was left alone in the slot and scored his 3rd of the season to make it 3-3 with just under six minutes to play. Dodig also scored on Sunday night in the Steelheads 3-1 victory.
The game would require overtime, with the best chance going to Oshawa via a breakaway for Brett Harrison. Basran wouldn't be beaten on the breakaway, and the game would need to be decided via a shootout.
James Hardie and Brett Harrison would each score for their team while the other two shooters for each side would be denied, as even the shootout would require some extra time.
Finally, in the 5th round of the shootout, Ryan Stepien would trickle the puck over the line to give the advantage to Oshawa. Ty Collins had to score for Mississauga, but Leaver came out big, not falling for the backhand deke, as Oshawa exits with a massive two points in a 4-3 win.
"The guys stuck with it all game long and deserved the win here tonight," Miller said post-game. "Leaver was excellent, and our defence played great, especially considering we are missing a few regulars back there."
With the win, Oshawa's record is now 17-12-1-2, good enough for a tie for third in the Eastern Conference with Barrie and Kingston. With the overtime point, Mississauga does extend their point-streak to 10 games.
The Generals will now travel to Sudbury to battle the Wolves on Friday night before returning home to host the Frontenacs on Sunday night.
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