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The Oshawa Generals will face off against their division rivals, the Kingston Frontenacs tonight at the General Motors Centre. The puck drops at 7:35 PM.
This will be the first of eight meetings between the two teams this year. Last season Oshawa claimed the regular season series, taking 5 of 8 games, including an 11-3 lopsided victory in January.
The Generals have been riding high to start the season, going 4-1 and averaging just under 5 goals a game. The team sat atop the entire Ontario Hockey League for much of the week and are now tied with the Niagara IceDogs at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Not only has the team as a whole found early success, but individual players are leading the way in the league as well. Boone Jenner is on a 5 game point streak, having collected 7 goals and 12 points during that time. It has put him on top of the league for goals, points, and plus/minus with a +11. Matt Petgrave also holds the league lead in assists and Lucas Lessio leads with 4 power play goals.
Like the Generals, the Kingston Frontenacs also boast a strong start to the 2012-2013 season. For the first time in 15 years, the Frontenacs have won their first 3 games, including their home opener, which they had not won since 2006. The team powered through the Barrie Colts, Erie Otters, and Niagara IceDogs and became the last team standing to have not lost a game.
The Generals are coming off a fantastic weekend sweep where they took all three of their games in the three days. They defeated Peterborough, Belleville, and Brampton, scoring at least 5 goals in each game. The team's last game was a 7-4 victory over the Brampton Battalion. The Generals gave up a 3-0 lead but came back with a strong third period to take the win.
The Frontenacs winning streak ended at 3 games last night when the Brampton Battalion beat them 4-1. The Frontenacs held the game scoreless until half way through the second when Brampton scored short handed. The goal was followed by two more and, though Kingston would get one back before the end of the period, the Frontenacs found themselves in the hole. Brampton scored once more towards the end of the third period, capping the victory.
The Oshawa General to keep your eye on tonight is Lucas Lessio. The Phoenix Coyotes prospect has been a powerful force for the Generals so far, especially on the man advantage. Lucas has scored 5 goals, 4 of which came on the power play, and totalled 7 points in 5 games played. Lucas has been recognized with a star of the game three times already and was named the Dickie's Hardest Working Player of the Game on Friday, September 28th against Peterborough.
The Generals are not the only team with players leading the pack. The Frontenacs' Ryan Kujawinski was named the OHL Player of the Week for his 2 goal, 5 point performance over 2 games last weekend. He was named second star of the game Friday against the Otters for his 3 assists and first star of the game Sunday against Niagara for his 2 goals. The Iroqouis Falls native is in his draft year and will be looking to make an impression this season.
The Generals are back on home ice Monday at 2:05 PM when they host the Belleville Bulls.
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