Sting Hand Generals First Loss of the Season in High Scoring Affair
Tonight's match was between two teams at opposite ends of the standings - The Generals at the very top, and the Sting at the very bottom. The Generals have tied the fourth best start to an OHL season, matching the 2015-16 Erie Otters with a 9-0-0 start. The Sting are having a particularly poor start to the season with a dismal 1-7-0 record, with at least a three-goal deficit in 4 of those games. The Generals are hoping to get the easy two points, but facing a team with nothing to lose can be difficult - this will be a spirited match.
Tonight's match hosted representatives joining us from Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Association, Whitby Fire and Emergency Services, Ontario Power Generation, COMRA Marine Rescue Association, Clarington Fire, Region of Durham Paramedic Services, Durham Regional Police Services, Oshawa Fire Services and Scugog Fire. Specifically honouring Constable William Woodstock whose outstanding heroism has lead to his involvement in each of the three main emergency services.
The Sting came at the league leading Generals, hard - looking to set the tone early. It only took 1 minute and 1 second for Eric Hjorth to get the Sting on the board. Then only a minute and 19 seconds later forward Sean Josling would give the Sting a 2-0 lead on a laser beam shot off of the inside crossbar that only The Generals had a hard time breaking into the Sting zone early in the period. The Sting were hard on the backcheck and intercepted several Generals passes. But the Generals persevered, as Ryan Gagnier intercepted an errant Sting defender's pass through their slot and fired a slapshot at the Sting net. While Sting goalie Ethan Langevin was able to stop the Gagnier's shot, the rebound bounced out to Dawson McKinney who wristed in his 3rd goal of the season bringing the Generals to within one. The Generals weren't done yet, Kyle MacLean intercepted another Sting pass through their slot who passed to Generals leading scorer Brett Neumann who pushed a shot off the pad of Langevin and picked up his own rebound and slid it past the goal line. The score was 2-2, but only for 24 seconds as the Sting answered quickly with a neat give-and-go on an offensive zone entry - between Joseph Mack and Ryan Mast - for Mack to launch a shot past Andrew MacLean. With 2:36 remaining the Generals broke into the zone and made a series of nifty passes and shots in a beautifully scripted series of offensive play which resulted in Brett Neumann tying the game back up a slapshot from the slot to the delight of everyone in the Tribute Communities Centre. The game wouldn't be tied at 3's for long as the Sting once again regained the lead with a quick goal from Jamieson Rees. Both teams were sloppy defensively in this period, which created an exciting period of run-and-gun action. The score would end 4-3 for the Sting, but the Generals topped them in shots 15-10.
The Generals tightened up defensively to start the second. They spent a majority of the first period in the Sting zone. Riding the momentum of a strong but unsuccessful early powerplay, the Generals were relentless. They saw some fruit for their labours at 4:07 into the period when Allan McShane sent a pass from behind the Sting net to Ty Tullio who was wide open to pot his 7th of the season. The Generals dominated the possession game throughout the midsection of the period only allowing 1 Sting shot throughout the first 15 minutes of the period. However at 15:09 into the period, Sean Josling would reclaim the lead for the Sting with a quick tap in goal on a Jamieson Rees pass. The Sting went on to widen their lead with 3.7 seconds remaining where Ryan Roth. The score was 6-4 heading into the final stanza after the Generals outshot the Sting 20-5 in the period, but it just wasn't enough.
The Generals made a goalie swap to start the 3rd, bringing Zachary Paputsakis in from off of the pine. Tensions began to rise as the period went on - which was incarnate in several post-whistle shoving matches, including one which lead to matching minors being called, putting the game at 4-on-4. On the ensuing 4-on-4 Rees broke out on a breakaway, but was slashed on a backchecking effort from Tullio. A penalty shot was awarded and Rees launched a wrister directly through the five-hole of Paputsakis to make the game 7-4. The Sting would then get goals from Josling (his 3rd of the game), Theo Hill to round out the score at 9-4. Brett Neumann capped off his hat trick with a hard wrist shot past Langevin. ending the Generals perfect start to the season.
1 - Sean Josling (3 goals, 2 assists, +4)
2 - Jamieson Rees (2 goals, 2 assists, 6 shots)
3 - Ryan Roth (1 goal, 1 assist, +4)
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The Generals outshot the Sting 46-25.
The Generals will be back in action versus their biggest rival, the Peterborough Petes on Sunday at 6:05pm at the Tribute Communities Centre. Blood will be boiling in this game as it features one of hockey's few remaining old school rock 'em sock 'em rivalries.
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