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Generals Strong Offense Not Enough in Bulls Victory

Oct 13, 2012 - 18:48 EDT

By Chris Mantel

The Belleville Bulls came away with a 4-1 victory over the Generals on Saturday with strong goaltending and timely goals. Chris Carlisle picked up his first career OHL goal in the loss before a crowd of 2,304 at the Yardmen Arena in Belleville.

The Bulls came out of the gates fast with energy from their 2-0 win over the Brampton Battalion the night before. Oshawa`s rookie goaltender Ken Appleby made his first career OHL start but was greeted fairly coldly as he was peppered with shots for the first quarter of the period.

Belleville opened the scoring early as the puck found an open Brendan Gaunce at the side of the net, who put it in the back of the net before anyone could react. The Bulls added another on the powerplay when Bulls’ defenseman Jordan Subban found a streaking Austen Brassard, who snapped a shot from the left wing side making it 2-0.

The Generals grabbed control of the game in the second period. Even when they ran into penalty trouble, Oshawa put together a combination of strong defensive play with multiple offensive chances limiting the Bulls to just four shots in the period, while the Generals fired off 17 of their own. Oshawa defenseman Chris Carlisle scored his first career OHL goal when he snuck behind the Bulls defense and threw the puck just inside the post to beat Subban, moving the Generals within one.

Belleville seemed to find their footing in the third early, with Daniil Zharkov snapping a shot from the top of the circle past Appleby.

The Generals and Bulls went on to trade shots in a period where real scoring chances were hard to come by. Oshawa continued to create chances while on the man advantage involving two identical give and go’s but the Belleville backstop turned them both away with his quick glove. With an empty netter by Michael Curtis, the Belleville Bulls won the third meeting between the two teams.

Belleville swept the three star selections with Malcolm Subban getting the first star selection.

Shots finished with the Generals almost doubling the Bulls 45-28.

The Generals return home Sunday to take on the London Knights. Oshawa Generals’ Alumni Michael Del Zotto will drop the puck at 6:05pm at the General Motors Centre.