The Oshawa Generals host the Kingston Frontenacs tonight at the General Motor Centre, with the puck set to drop at 7:05 PM.
A fellow East Division team, the Kingston Frontenacs are one of the Generals greatest rivals. That has held true this year, even though the Frontenacs currently sit well out of the playoffs. The two teams always manage to elevate their games when facing each other.
Despite a difficult game last night, the Generals have been on a tear since their return from the holiday break, including a 5 game winning streak. At this pace, the Generals will regain a playoff position quickly, as the team is only out of 8th by 3 points.
The Gens are coming off a tough loss to the Eastern Conference leading Ottawa 67’s last night. The Gens scored at the end of the first period to take a 1-0 lead, but fell to a couple quick goals at the beginning of the second. They started the third period down 5-2 and after another quick goal against, the game unravelled to leave the Gens with an 8-3 loss.
The Kingston Frontenacs are currently sitting right behind the Gens at 9th in the conference standings, but are behind by a hefty 14 points. They may be well out of the playoffs, but the Frontenacs are still taking pleasure in upsetting other teams. Recently they put on a show by beating the London Knights, currently the second best team in the Canadian Hockey League.
The Frontenacs hosted the Kitchener Rangers last night, falling 9-1. Kingston tied the game at 1 half way through the first period, but never scored again. Like the Oshawa Generals, the Frontenacs are in the middle of a long weekend, playing 3 games in 3 days.
Though the Generals lost their steam last night, Nicklas Jensen was firing on all cylinders. The Vancouver Canucks prospect scored the Generals first goal and assisted on the third. Even in the face of a growing goal deficit, Jensen kept his competitive level high. Denmark’s star player at the 2012 World Junior Championships, his offensive creativity and ability to elude the opposition will make him essential in the Generals playoff push.
Kingston’s player to watch tonight is Cody Alcock. Recently named captain, after his predecessor Tyler Brown was traded to Sarnia, Alcock has been a consistent contributor for the Frontenacs. He has put up 4 goals and 9 points in January, despite his team winning only 3 of 8 games. He made the Frontenacs roster as a Free Agent this season and is currently second on the roster with 30 points in 44 games.
The Generals will wrap up their 3 in 3 weekend tomorrow when the Barrie Colts roll in to town. The game will start at 6:05 PM at the General Motors Centre.