Oshawa claimed a commanding victory Saturday night, beating the Belleville Bulls 5-2 in the Yardmen Arena. Coming off a 1-0 loss to the Brampton Battalion, the Bulls fought hard to do justice to their home opener, but the Generals claimed the first of eight games between the two teams this season.
Riding high off their 5-1 win over Peterborough in the home opener last night, Oshawa opened the scoring in the first when Scott Sabourin got off a quick shot at 5:02 to beat Malcolm Subban for his second goal of the season. Lucas Lessio and Matt Petgrave as the Generals took the lead 1-0.
Belleville answered at 9:16 when Daniil Zharkov got a heads up pass to Sergey Kuptsov who scored on a partial breakaway. There were more chances on both sides, including one for Scott Sabourin. Fresh out of the penalty box and in alone, he pulled the puck through his legs to put a back hand on net, but was stopped by Subban. The Generals went into the 1st intermission tied 1-1.
The Generals appeared to strike early in the second off a scramble in front of the Bulls net near the end of the power play, but the goal was waived off after review. At 5:41, Boone Jenner put the puck in the net for sure with a nice shot off a pass from Michael Dal Colle.
Getting his second of the night and fifth of the season, Boone Jenner scored at 19:27 on the tail end of the power play when his shot was deflected off a Bulls player. His goal put the Generals up 3-1 as they went into the 2nd intermission.
The Bulls started the third on the power play which resulted in a goal when Jordan Subban let loose from the point. He brought the bulls within one at 0:59, making it 3-2 Generals.
Brian Hughes came in and slipped past the defender to put a back hander past Subban at 12:17 to restore the two goal lead. The assist went to Bradley Latour.
Tyler Biggs scored on the empty net at 19:10 to seal the deal and the Generals skated away with a 5-2 victory.
Oshawa outshot Belleville 33-24.
The three stars of the game went to Boone Jenner, Jordan Subban, and Lucas Lessio.
Daniel Altshuller made 22 saves in the win.
The Generals wrap up their three in three weekend tomorrow night on home ice as they host the Brampton Battalion. Puck drop is at 6:05 PM at the General Motors Centre.