Game Day: Owen Sound Attack vs. Oshawa GeneralsJan 01, 2012 - 03:14 EST
The Oshawa Generals welcome in the new year today when they take on the Owen Sound Attack at 2:05 PM at the General Motors Centre.
The 75th Anniversary celebrations continue today as the organization pays tribute to the fans and people who have contributed to the Generals over the years. In a pre game ceremony, prominent billets and members of the Generals community will be honoured. To commemorate 75 years of history, 75 prizes will be given away during the game including a game worn 75th anniversary jersey and gloves. The team will be wearing the new red anniversary jerseys for the first time.
The Gens last met with the Attack on October 29th when the Generals suffered a tough 6-2 loss. But the Generals are a different team since then, with two trades and a coaching change having occurred in the mean time. This will be the second and last time the two teams meet this season, so Oshawa will be aiming to even that series 1-1.
The teams are coming into this game with the same results from the their last 10 games played, with each going 5-5-0-0. Momentum is with the Generals though, who have won both of their post-break matches, where as the Attack have lost both.
After defeating the Erie Otters 4-1 on Wednesday and the Kingston 5-2 on Friday, the Generals are poised to end the week a perfect 3 for 3. Taking the full 6 points away from the week would make an excellent way to ring in the new year.
Owen Sound is coming off back to back losses after falling to the Niagara IceDogs by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday and the Kitchener Rangers on Friday by 4-1. OHL Champions last year, the Attack are currently 3rd in the Midwest Division.
The Generals player to watch today is Scott Laughton. With 2 goals and an assist this week, Laughton has stepped up to fill the holes on the Generals roster with Jenner and Jensen at the IIHF World Junior Championship and Cassels at the Under 17 Challenge. Emerson Clark being out with an injury furthers the roster woes. Laughton's ability to elevate his game under those pressures has made him a very important player of late.
Look out for Daniel Catenacci who, despite his team's woes in their two previous games, earned a goal and an assist, with a plus/minus rating of plus 1. With 20 goals and 43 points in 38 games this season, the centre from Newmarket is in a close race for fisrt place on the Attack. Catenacci went 77th overall to the Buffalo Sabres in the 2011 Entry Draft
The Generals will be on the road next week, as the face the Belleville Bulls on January 4th, the Kitchener Rangers on the 6th, and the Brampton Battalion on the 8th. They'll return to home ice for the following weekend when Brampton visits on Friday, January 13th. The puck will drop at 7:35 PM.