The Oshawa Generals take on the Belleville Bulls today at 2:05 PM at the General Motors Centre.
The two teams are already well acquainted this season after facing each other on September 29th in the Bulls home opener and twice during preseason action. The Generals split the exhibition games but stepped up when it mattered to win the regular season match up 5-2. The Generals will face the Bulls eight times this season. The Generals lost the regular season series 5 games to 3 last year, though the 3 wins included a dominant 8-1 victory in February. The Generals will be looking to turn things around this season against the division rivals.
Belleville is sitting four spots back from the Eastern Conference leading Generals, holding down 5th place. They are much closer in the division race though, ranked 2nd, just behind the Generals. The Generals hold the advantage with a 5-1 record to the Bulls 3-2.
Oshawa is coming off a challenging but successful game against the Kingston Frontenacs Friday, who have been hot to start the season. After tying the Frontenacs for much of the game, the Generals fell behind 3-2 at the start of the third period. The team rallied though and stormed back to win 6-4. The Generals struggles came on the power play in he penalty heavy game that was defined by special teams. The team stayed focused though and made an impact at even strength, skating away with the win. Boone Jenner extended his point streak to 6 games, adding 3 assists to stay atop the league in points.
Belleville last played on Saturday, overwhelming the Ottawa 67’s to win 5-3. Belleville took an early lead, and though the two teams were tied for much of the second period, the Bulls never seemed to lose control of the game. They scored three goals to rush ahead to a 4-1 lead and held on through a goal heavy third period to take the victory. They enjoyed a full team effort, with their five goals coming from five different players.
The Generals player to watch tonight is new comer Michael Dal Colle. The Generals 1st round selection, 7th overall, of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection has started his rookie season in spectacular fashion. Michael earned his first OHL goal in his third game as a General, during Oshawa’s home opener, and added his second on Friday night. The Vaughan, Ontario native is running a five game point streak and is averaging a point per game with 2 goals and 4 assists in 6 games played.
On the other side of the ice, watch out for Jordan Subban. The highly toughted defenceman is leading his team in points with 5 in 5 games played. Brother of P.K. Subban and fellow teammate Malcolm Subban, Jordan is eligible for the NHL draft this year. His only goal of the season so far came at Oshawa’s expense during Belleville’s home opener. Jordan was named the second star of the game in Oshawa’s 5-2 victory.
Oshawa will be back on home ice Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 7:35 PM when the team hosts the Barrie Colts. The Generals will take to the road for Saturday to play the Belleville Bulls once again. They will then wrap up the weekend at the General Motors Centre when they face the London Knights on Sunday, October 14th, 2012, at 6:05 PM.