Gens can’t weather the Storm in a 3-2 loss
Oshawa, Ont., – After snapping their five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Brantford Bulldogs, the Generals traveled to Guelph to take on the 31-point Storm. The Storm are coming off a disappointing 3-0 loss to the 20th-ranked Windsor Spitfires, snapping their own four-game winning streak.
Despite the big win in Brantford the day before, the Generals couldn’t hold onto an early 1-0 lead over the Storm and find themselves back in the losing column with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Storm.
The Generals came out firing on all cylinders to start this Sunday afternoon clash, earning a power play opportunity and a 7-1 advantage on the shot clock. With just two seconds remaining on the power play, 05-born defenceman Luca Marrelli blasted a point shot past Damian Slavik for just his second goal of the season. Slavik was making just his first start at home in this one.
Shortly after establishing the 1-0 lead, the Generals found themselves in some penalty trouble, handing the Storm a 5-on-3 power play chance. Backed by the strong play of Jacob Oster, the Generals were able to kill of both penalties to hold onto their lead.
With just three minutes remaining in the opening frame, the Generals were caught shooting the puck out of play, taking their third minor penalty of the period. With 43 seconds remaining on the power play, Guelph was called for a penalty of their own, nullifying their advantage.
After 20 minutes and some scrums at the buzzer, the Gens went into the dressing room up 1-0 on the scoreboard, and even on the shot clock at 13 shots a side.
It wasn’t until midway through the second that anything of importance happened. Thomas Stewart took a questionable holding penatly with less than 10 minutes remaining, giving the Storm their fifth power play chance of the afternoon. Oster continued to stand tall, shutting the door on a few of the Storm’s power play chances. After 32 minutes of play, Oster stopped all 22 shots he faced.
On the Storm’s 24th shot of the game, Luchanko took a backhand off a rebound and roofed it over former Storm netminder Jacob Oster. Just over a minute later, Luchanko was sprung in on a partial breakaway and undressed Oster for his second of the game. After 40 minutes, the Storm capitalized twice in less than 90 seconds and stole the 2-1 lead.
Seven minutes into the 3rd period, and still without a shot on net in the frame, the Generals took their sixth minor penalty of the afternoon, but couldn’t keep the perfect penalty kill going. Storm captain Braeden Bowman gave his Guelph side some breathing room with the 3-1 power play marker.
The Generals wouldn’t go away easy however, as after a 5-on-3 power play chance, a nifty net-front move from Calum Ritchie gave Rasmus Kumpulainen an empty net for an easy 3-2 goal. The goal marked Kumpulainen’s 13th of the season and third of the weekend after a two-goal effort yesterday in Brantford.
Despite a few offensive zone faceoffs with their goalie pulled, the Generals couldn’t find the equalizer and dropped their lone trip to the Sleeman Centre 3-2.
The Generals road trip continues with a mid-week showdown in the Nation’s Capital with a Wednesday night clash against the Ottawa 67’s. The Generals will take another Western Conference trip on Saturday and Sunday in Windsor and Sarnia before returning home on December 13th to host the Mississauga Steelheads.