Gens get revenge and snap 67’s winning streak
Oshawa, Ont., – Less than 24 hours removed from a 4-1 loss to the 67’s, the Generals returned home against the very same team with a point to prove. A full 60-minute effort, and 50 shots later, the Generals made their point loud and clear, taking down the visiting 67’s by a score of 6-3.
Early in the game, it wasn’t exactly the start the Gens were looking for, after captain Stuart Rolofs was ejected in the first period for a slew foot of 67’s defenceman Josh Brady, Ottawa was unable to convert on the powerplay, only getting a single shot through to Jacob Oster. After the Gens killed off the penalty, the 4,423 faithful inside the TCC gave their squad a roaring ovation. No one could score the rest of the period setting up a scoreless start to the second.
It didn’t take long for the 67’s to open the scoring to start the middle frame. Oshawa native Charlie Hilton busted in on a breakaway, and his shot knocked into the Oshawa net by Luca Marrelli. The goal was Hilton’s first in the OHL and gave Ottawa the 1-0 despite being heavily outshot.
Things started to unravel from there for Ottawa, in a period that saw them take a whopping six minor penalties. Luke Torrance converted for his fourth of the season, on the first powerplay to tie things up, making it 1-1.
The Generals found themselves on the power play once again, this time after a 67’s double minor penalty. Unfortunately for the home side, it was the 67’s who took advantage. Brady Stonehouse stripped the Gens of the puck and broke in on a two-on-one with Kaleb Lawrence. Stonehouse fed his teammate the puck, who fired his fifth of the season past Jacob Oster, for a 2-1 lead.
Thankfully for the Gnes, the 2-1 Ottawa lead evaporated quickly. Tyler Graham scored on the same powerplay for Oshawa to tie the game. Minutes later, a Matthew Buckley deflection sent the home side to the intermission, up 3-2. Buckley’s goal marked his team-leading 10th of the season.
Though Ottawa began the third period on a powerplay of their own, it was the Generals who put their foot down. Minnesota Wild prospect Rasmus Kumpulainen scored twice in 29 seconds to extend the Generals lead to 5-2, all but putting the nail in the coffin.
Despite the 67’s getting one back off the stick of Stonehouse on the powerplay, a huge power play marker from Connor Lockhart capped off his three-point night a MASSIVE 6-3 win for the Generals. In two home games since being acquired from the Peterborough Petes, Lockhart has two goals and five assists. The Generals dominated the 67’s from start to finish, outshooting their rivals 50-19 in the 6-3 win, snapping the visitors three game win streak.
Oshawa will close out their three-in-three weekend tomorrow night, hosting the Kingston Frontenacs at 6:05.