Generals Top Wolves in Shootout
The Generals returned to home ice this afternoon for a Family Day matchup against the Sudbury Wolves. After extending their winning streak to six straight games with two wins south of the border this weekend against Flint and Saginaw, the Gens headed into the contest with a 36-18-3-0 record on the season. Looking for their seventh victory in a row, the Gens aimed to take down the Wolves and grab another win in Oshawa this afternoon.
The game began with both teams exchanging early chances, but it was the Wolves that were able to capitalize with forward Darian Pilon shooting one past the Gens, giving Sudbury a 1-0 lead. Just several minutes later, Gens goaltender Kyle Keyser made a huge save on a shot from the slot by the Wolves to keep Oshawa within one. After the save, the Gens took the play into Sudbury's end and scored their first of the game off a quick shot from Brett Neumann in front of the net that tied the game at 1-1. Just past the halfway point of the period, the Wolves took the game's first penalty for goaltender interference to give the Gens the man advantage. Making the most of the opportunity, the Gens powerplay put on a show with a tic-tac-toe passing play that finished with Nando Eggenberger burying the puck in the back of the net. Throughout the latter half of the period, Oshawa generated lots of offensive zone pressure and limited Sudbury's chances that lead them to finish the first period up 17-4 on the shot clock and 2-1 on the scoreboard.
The second period began with the Wolves taking a check to the head penalty to give the Gens powerplay their second opportunity of the game. However, Sudbury got the best chance with a shorthanded breakaway that resulted in a penalty shot. Keyser was able to make a big stop with a poke check to deny the penalty shot and keep the Gens ahead. Back at even strength, the Gens were called for a hooking penalty that put the Wolves on their first powerplay of the match. With strong defensive play and a big glove save from Keyser, Oshawa was able to kill off the infraction and return to even strength. Past the halfway point in the second, the Gens and Wolves both took two-minute penalties to put the play at 4-on-4, but neither team scored with the extra room on the ice. Back at 5-on-5, Keyser made a highlight-reel save when he reached out in desperation to block what would have been an empty net goal for the Wolves, helping the Gens remain ahead by one. Finishing off the period by shutting down the Wolves offense, Oshawa carried their 2-1 lead into the third period.
The period opened with the Wolves taking a tripping penalty to give Oshawa's powerplay another shot, but they weren't successful on the chance. When the play returned to even strength, Sudbury managed to find the tying goal off a slap shot from in front of the net that knotted things at 2-2. Immediately after the goal, Gens forward Anthony Salinitri was robbed off a cross-crease passing play that Wolves goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen got across to stop. In the back half of the period, Sudbury took a penalty for tripping to give the Gens an important powerplay with a chance to regain the lead. While they were able to set up a good cycle in the Wolves end, the Gens couldn't find the back of the net with the man advantage. With time winding down in the third period, the Gens turned up the pressure but couldn't find the go-ahead goal before time ran out, putting the game into overtime.
The overtime began with the Wolves keeping the Gens pinned in their end, but they weren't able to find the back of the net after putting on the pressure. The overtime continued with each team carrying the play back and forth, but the extra time would finish with neither team finding the game-winning goal to force the game into a shootout.
The shootout began with Gens forward Brandon Saigeon getting stopped on a five-hole attempt. Next came Sudbury's first shot that managed to beat Keyser on a well-placed shot. The next two shooters in Kyle MacLean for the Gens and Quinton Byfield for the Wolves both went unsuccessful on their attempt. Next for the Gens was Anthony Salinitri who made no mistake by burying the puck with a shot in the bottom corner to keep the Gens alive, while the Wolves hit the post on their next opportunity. With Eggenberger following it up with a beautiful goal and Keyser coming up clutch to make the final save against Sudbury, the Gens came away with a 3-2 shootout victory.
After extending their winning streak to an incredible seven straight games today and clinching a playoff spot, the team will go on to play a weekend at home with a matchup against the Steelheads on Friday and the Spirit on Sunday.
Today, Gens forward Nando Eggenberger was named the OHL 'On the Run' Player of the Week after putting up 6 points in his previous 3 games. With another tally tonight, Eggenberger remains on fire with a 4-game goal streak and 7 points over that stretch.
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Ontario Hockey League Stories from February 18, 2019
- Firebirds' Morgan Records First-Career Hat-Trick as Flint Earns Holiday Point in Guelph Monday - Flint Firebirds
- Steelheads Put Nine Past the Knights in Family Day Win - Mississauga Steelheads
- No Answer to Chmelevski - North Bay Battalion
- Bulldogs Celebrate Family Day with 7-5 Win over Barrie - Hamilton Bulldogs
- Sting Withstand Saginaw, 7-6 in a Shootout - Sarnia Sting
- Generals Top Wolves in Shootout - Oshawa Generals
- Back and Forth Family Day Ends in Bulldogs 7-5 Win over Colts - Barrie Colts
- Fronts Push Back in the Third But Fall 3-2 to Rangers - Kingston Frontenacs
- Spirit Salvage Point in 7-6 Shootout Loss to Sting - Saginaw Spirit
- Attack Lose Tight One to Spitfires, 2-1 - Owen Sound Attack
- Chmelevski Scores Five as 67's Beat Battalion 6-3 - Ottawa 67's
- Rangers Win against the Frontenacs in Kingston, 3-2 - Kitchener Rangers
- IceDogs return home from Peterborough with two points - Niagara IceDogs
- OHL 'On the Run' Player of the Week: Nando Eggenberger - Oshawa Generals
- Generals' Nando Eggenberger Named OHL 'On the Run' Player of the Week - OHL
- Sleeman "Pick up the Tab" Night at the Sleeman Centre March 8th - Guelph Storm
- Game Preview: Gens vs. Wolves Today in a Family Day Tilt at Home at 2:05pm - Oshawa Generals
- Preview: Spirit, Sting Play Monday Matinee in Sarnia - Saginaw Spirit
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