Colts lose chippy affair in Oshawa, 5 – 3
Article courtesy of www.oshawagenerals.com
Things were heated in the General Motors Centre today for a matchup between the Oshawa Generals and Barrie Colts. The Generals got back on a winning stead today, defeating the Colts 5-3 and securing their 20th win of the season.
Today’s game was an intense one with lots of big hits and great scoring chances throughout. The first period alone ended with 11 penalties recorded. The first penalty went to Blandisi for a cross checking call. On the power play, the Generals put the first goal up on the board, scored by Michael Dal Colle and assisted by Sterk and Carlisle. Just minutes later, Blandisi was back on the ice and scored the first Colts goal of the game, assisted by Webster. With the score tied 1-1, Hertzberg was called at 10:17 for holding, followed by Vande Sompel and Andersson both being called for slashing at 13:56. With less than two minutes remaining in the period, what looked like a goal from Michael Dal Colle was scored and it was later determined that Cirelli was awarded the goal. It came assisted from Josh Sterk. At the time of the goal, Blandisi was called for roughing and Petschenig was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing. With things getting extremely heated, and only 10 seconds later, Mangiapane was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and was given a game misconduct and sent off the ice. At the same time, Josh Brown was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and Vande Sompel was called for cross-checking. With the Colts on a power play, they capitalized and put another past Appleby at 19:27. The period closed with both teams at two apiece and the Generals outshooting the Colts 11-9.
The second period was a bit lighter on penalties but still featured a lot of hits and chippiness throughout. Barrie started things off with a hooking penalty to James at 1:20. Next to the box was Webster with two minutes for holding. It wasn’t until 15:39 that the Generals would score another. Joe Manchurek put one past Mackenzie Blackwood to give the Generals a 3-2 advantage. The goal was assisted by Carlisle and Turner. About 20 seconds later, Hooey and Smith both received matching penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct. Andersson tried to go after Dal Colle after a whistle and fans took to their feet but nothing escalated. Shortly after, Dal Colle was in the penalty box on a high-sticking call, but the Colts couldn’t make anything happen on the power play. The Generals wrapped up the period leading the Colts 3-2 and outshooting 16-10.
The third period was a high-intensity, fast paced period. Michael Dal Colle was hungry for another goal and at 3:48 put his second past Blackwood to give the Generals a 4-2 lead early in the period. The goal was assisted by Petschenig and Sterk. Hunter Smith was called for boarding at 4:36, sending the Colts to their fifth powerplay of the game, but again the Generals demonstrated why they have the best penalty kill in the league. Notably, Aidan Wallace had a ton of big hits during the third period. Dal Colle was taken down on a breakaway and the Colts and things got heated in the Colts end. The line scrum ended with Labanc and Sterk receiving 10 minute game misconducts and Lemieux with two for roughing and two for hooking. The Generals were on the powerplay but it would be Barrie who found success. Blandisi found himself on a breakaway and the Generals couldn’t catch him. He put a shorthanded goal past Appleby at 10:22. The last penalty of the game was given to Lindberg with two minutes for check to the head at 11:48. With the Generals only having a one goal lead, Barrie seemed eager to catch up and were working hard. At 17:45, the Generals shut the opportunity down with one more goal, this time from Michael Turner, assisted by Cirelli and Lindberg. Josh Sterk had a three-point night, and Cirelli, Turner, and Dal Colle all had two point nights. Ken Appleby had a stellar night, securing his 18th win of the season and making 27 saves. The Generals outshot the Colts 41-30.
Shots on Goal: Generals (41) Colts (30)
Molson Canadian Three Stars: Dal Colle (1) Blandisi (2) Sterk (3)
Final Score: Generals (5) Colts (3)