By Brian McNair – Oshawa This Week
The Oshawa Generals collectively, and in most cases individually, couldn’t have ordered a much better start to the Ontario Hockey League season off a menu.
New coach D.J. Smith has certainly found the right recipe for success so far for the Generals, who swept three weekend games and now sit at the top of the league with eight points, thanks to a 4-1 start.
The ingredients he’s using include a top line that’s firing on all cylinders, a dynamic winger who’s scoring almost at will, a blue-line that’s steadier than expected, a workhorse in goal, and role players who are all doing their part for the bigger picture.
This weekend, it added up to home-ice wins of 5-1 over the Peterborough Petes Friday and 7-4 over the Brampton Battalion Sunday, sandwiched between a 5-2 road victory over the Belleville Bulls Saturday, a game Smith called the most complete effort of them all.
“Our first full 60-minute game was in Belleville,” he said after Sunday’s win, which he was far less impressed with. “We still have spurts here and there, but at the end of the day I really like the makeup of this team.”
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