Generals Win Fifth Straight
The Generals returned from the road tonight to battle the Flint Firebirds at the Tribute Communities Centre. With a huge 6-1 victory on Friday in Kingston to extend their winning streak to four straight games, the Gens entered the contest with a 27-15-2-0 record on the season. Looking to finish off the weekend on a high note, the Gens aimed to take down the Firebirds for their fifth win in a row.
Tonight, the Gens hosted the 7th annual Bell Let's Talk game in support of mental health. Oshawa Generals Captain Kyle MacLean and Flint Firebirds Captain Ty Dellandrea joined Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter and Toronto's foremost weather anchor Tom Brown of CTV News for the ceremonial puck drop before the start of the game.
The Gens started the game by exchanging shots on net with the Firebirds, with the first quality chance coming off a breakaway for Flint. Generals starting goaltender Aidan Hughes stood tall to deny the opportunity. However, moments later the Firebirds came streaking into Oshawa's end and beat Hughes with a shot in the bottom corner of the net to give them an early 1-0 lead. After the goal, the Gens sustained good zone pressure and generated looks on the Firebirds net approaching the halfway mark of the period. With seven minutes remaining in the first, their efforts were rewarded when Kyle MacLean was sprung on a rush from the wing that he potted top corner on the Firebirds goalie Luke Cavallin to tie the game at one. After going on to outshoot Flint 14-6 throughout the period, the Gens headed into the first intermission tied with the Firebirds at 1-1.
Oshawa opened the period by trapping Flint in their own zone for the first few minutes, getting several good shots on net but being denied by the Firebirds goaltender. When Flint took the play down to the Gens end, they managed to get one past Hughes who nearly saved the shot after getting a piece of it, putting the Firebirds up 2-1. The Gens came close to tying it back up after Nando Eggenberger took a shot that hit the crossbar but stayed out of the net. Just past the halfway point of the second, the Gens took the first penalty of the game on a hooking call to give Flint the man advantage. Immediately after taking the penalty, the Gens got called for interference to put them down 5-on-3. Making the most of their two-man advantage, Flint fired a one-timer from the wing past the Gens to give them a 3-1 lead. Right after the goal, Oshawa answered back quickly off a perfect shot from Brandon Saigeon that put them back within one. The Gens came close to knotting the game at three in the period's final minute with a good chance from Nicolas Mattinen in front of the net but couldn't find the tying goal and finished the period trailing 3-2.
The Gens started the period by coming close to tying the game after Saigeon ripped a shot off the post in the opening minute. Gaining momentum of the chance, the Gens went on to pot one moments later with Anthony Salinitri burying the tying goal off a wrist shot. With the offense rolling, the Gens didn't stop there. Brett Neumann came flying into the Firebirds end just a minute after Salinitri's goal and buried one of his own through the five-hole of Flint's goaltender. Taking control of the game, the Gens then added another tally immediately after Neumann's with Ty Tullio putting a hard shot top corner of the Firebirds net to put the Gens up 5-3. With ten minutes left in the period, the Firebirds took a too many men penalty to give the Gens their first powerplay of the game. Capitalizing on the man advantage, Anthony Salinitri fired home his second of the match off a one-timer from the right wing, giving Oshawa a commanding 6-3 lead. However, after the goal the Firebirds got one of their own to put them back within two of the Gens at 6-4. With just under five minutes left in the game, Flint took a penalty to give the Gens the man advantage. With their powerplay on fire, Oshawa made the most of the chance yet again with Serron Noel tipping a point shot from Mattinen to notch their seventh goal of the night. Finishing off the game with more offense, Salinitri scored yet again in alone on Flint's net for his hattrick tally. Holding onto the four-goal lead, the Gens went on to take home a 8-4 win over the Firebirds.
After a big win tonight and a huge third period effort, the team will look to extend their streak next weekend when they take on the 67's at home on Friday before heading to Ottawa on Saturday to finish the home and home. After that, the Gens will close out the weekend on Sunday vs. the London Knights at home.
Bell Let's Talk Day is January 30
The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let's Talk Day on January 30, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives. On Bell Let's Talk Day, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of the following interactions, at no extra cost to participants:
Talk: Every mobile call and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let's Talk emoji, and Bell Let's Talk Day video view on Twitter.
Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let's Talk Day video on Facebook and use of the Bell Let's Talk frame
Instagram: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view on Instagram.
Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk filter and video view To learn more, please visit www.Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
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