Generals Go to OT to Best 67's
The Oshawa Generals kicked off the weekend tonight against the Ottawa 67's at the Tribute Communities Centre. The Gens came into the game with an 9-6-2-0 record after a big shutout win over the Barrie Colts at home on Sunday. The team aimed to take down the league leading 67's and get a win in front of the hometown crowd.
Tonight's ceremony for a night of remembrance included veterans and currently serving soldiers with the Ontario Regiment as honoured guests for the evening:
Lieutenant Murry - The Ontario Regiment RCAC
Corporal Ellis - The Ontario Regiment RCAC Warrant Officer
Andrew Fenton - currently serving with the Royal Canadian Dragoons
Corporal Retired Larry Bryan - Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders
Captain Retired John Drygala - The Ontario Regiment RCAC
Trooper Retired Don White - Royal Canadian Dragoons - Veteran of the Second World War.
Retired Captain and National Program Director for Wounded Warriors Canada Phil Ralph. Ralph served 25 years as the Regimental Chaplain of 32 Combat Engineer Regiment.
The Gens opened the game with the first quality chance on net a few minutes in, with Kyle MacLean ripping a shot from the slot that was saved by Ottawa goaltender Cedrick Andree. The 67's came back with offensive zone time and shots of their own, but Generals goalie Kyle Keyser was sharp early and turned them away. At the halfway mark of the period, the 67's got called for an elbowing penalty to give the Gens the first powerplay of the game. A minute into the call, Ottawa took another penalty for delay of game to give the Gens a two-man advantage. After the first penalty had expired, a scramble in front of the net saw Kyle MacLean pot the loose puck, putting the Gens up 1-0. Following the goal, Kyle Keyser made an amazing stretching save on an Ottawa opportunity, after which a scrum broke out in front of the net that resulted in an Oshawa penalty for roughing. With a strong penalty killing effort, the Gens fought off the 67's, but took another penalty with a minute left in the first. Oshawa killed the first minute and held their 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
The period began with the Gens down a man for the last minute of their penalty taken in the first. The 67's were able to take advantage of the powerplay, with Marco Rossi putting one past the Gens to tie the game at 1-1. Right after their first goal, Ottawa added another off a rush from Jack Quinn to put them up 2-1 over the Gens. Halfway through the second, the 67's took a penalty for goaltender interference. While they had some good looks on net, Oshawa couldn't get the tying goal on the powerplay. After their penalty expired, Ottawa was able to find the back of the net again, extending their lead to two goals. However, Oshawa managed to answer quickly with Giovanni Vallati taking a rocket shot from the point that beat the 67's and brought the Gens back within one. The goal marked Vallati's third tally of the season. With just over three minutes left, Keyser made an amazing split save to keep the 67's from adding to their lead. With a surging 67's team, Keyser continued his strong play to shut the door, leaving the Gens heading into the final period of the game trailing Ottawa 3-2.
The Gens opened the period with a great chance off a Serron Noel pass that Jack Studnicka nearly put in. Shortly after the chance, the Gens made a beautiful passing play that began with Kyle MacLean passing the puck over to Nando Eggenberger across the ice in the offensive zone. Eggenberger immediately fed it over to Nico Gross across the crease who put it past the 67's to tie the game 3-3. Keeping up their strong play after the goal, the Gens drew a holding penalty to put them on the powerplay. Oshawa came close on the man advantage, but the game remained tied at three. For the latter half of the third, the teams went back and forth, with the pace ramping up as they each looked to take the lead. However, neither team could find the back of the net in regulation time, putting the game into overtime.
The overtime began with a chance from Studnicka in all alone but was just stopped by the 67's goaltender. Both teams exchanged chances early, with each getting good looks on the opposing net. With just over two minutes left in overtime, Serron Noel made a pass on a 2-on-1 that hit the 67's defender's skate. The puck then took a bounce that put it back on Noel's stick who buried it past Ottawa to win it 4-3 for the Gens in OT.
After a huge comeback win over the league leading 67's, the Gens will look to carry their momentum on the road tomorrow when they travel to Kingston to battle the Frontenacs.
Come join us at the Tribute Communities Centre this Monday, November 12th at 7:00pm for the Canada Russia Series game!
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