The Oshawa Generals host the reigning OHL Champions tonight as the London Knights come to town. The game is sponsored by Chevrolet and it starts at 6:05 PM. Generals alumni Michael Del Zotto will be dropping the puck.
The Generals only face the nights twice in a season, so the next meeting will be the final one for the regular season, when the Generals travel to London in November. The Knights are sitting in the middle of the Midwest Division and 4th in the Western Conference after going 5-2 in their 7 games played. Oshawa brings a record of 6-2-0-1 after having their 5 game winning streak snapped this weekend. Oshawa still holds the lead in the Eastern Division and sits in 2nd place of the Eastern Conference.
With them, the Knights bring a former General in Kevin Bailie. It will be the net minder’s first return to the General Motors Centre since being dealt to the Knights in the off-season.
Oshawa is coming off a 4-1 loss to the Belleville Bulls last night, in the middle game of a three in three weekend. Chris Carlisle scored his first OHL goal, registering the only tally for the Generals. Despite out shooting the Bulls 45-28, the Generals were held to that one goal. Malcolm Subban in the Bulls net earned the 1st star of the game for closing the door on the Generals potent offense. The Generals will need to brush off the loss quickly and refocus to take on a tough London team.
The London Knights most recently found themselves on the better side of a 4-1 match up, defeating the Plymouth Whalers on Friday. The Whalers came on hard in the first period, registering 22 shots in the opening frame, but the Knights kept the game in hand and tookt he lead, never to give it up. Former General Kevin Bailie stole the show in net, stopping 42 of 43 shots from the Whalers. He earned the first star of the night for his performance. Bo Horvat scored twice and Seth Griffith had a three point night.
The Generals player to watch tonight is Captain Boone Jenner. With the Generals struggling after their win streak was broken, it will be up to the team’s leaders to light the way as the group tries to get their feet back under them. Boone has led the Generals’ scoring all season and despite being held without a point in the last two games, still leads the league in points as well. With 8 goals and 16 points in just 9 games played, Boone has had a dream worthy start to the season and has had a hand in almost half of the Generals’ 38 goals.
On the other side of the ice, check out London Knight Seth Griffith. The 5th round draft pick of the Boston Bruins had 45 goals and 85 points in 68 games last year. With 13 points in 7 games so far, he is on pace to beat last year’s numbers, averaging almost 2 points a game. He opened the Knights’ season with a hat trick against the Erie Otters and has only been held without a point in 1 game since then. The sniper is 7th in the league with his 13 points and is 3rd in the goals race with 8.
The Generals hit the road next week to face Kitchener on Friday October 19th at 7:30 PM and Owen Sound on Saturday October 20th at 7:30 PM. The Generals will return to home ice on Sunday, October 21st to host the Plymouth Whalers at 6:05 PM.