By Alex Headley
Oshawa dominated in their home debut Friday night. They won 5-1 over the arch-rival Petes before a crowd of 4,844 at the General Motors Centre. Boone Jenner and Colin Suellentrop both had multi-point games. Tyler Biggs and Michael Dal Colle each scored their first ever goals in the OHL. 5 different skaters scored for Oshawa who improved to 2-and-1 with the win.
In the first, the Generals struck twice – once on special teams and once at even strength. Oshawa’s strong forecheck resulted in an early power play, and at 1:14, Lucas Lessio capitalized with a back door one-timer past Petes’ goaltender Michael Giugovaz.
Oshawa added to their lead at 11:59. Geoffrey Schemitsch uncorked a point shot through traffic that found the back of the net for a 2-0 Generals’ lead.
Mid frame, a Peterborough 2-man-advantage cut Oshawa’s lead to 1. Francis Menard’s redirection past Generals’ goaltender Daniel Altshuller at 13:25 got the Petes on the board and back into the game. It was 2-1 Oshawa heading into the second.
Tyler Biggs started the second period by scoring his first ever goal in the OHL. Captain Boone Jenner stole the puck on the half boards and found the Leafs’ prospect all alone out front. Biggs buried the one-timer glove side making it 3-1 Generals.
Oshawa’s commanding lead grew bigger at 13:50 courtesy of the power play. Matt Petgrave smartly threw a point shot on goal and Scott Laughton was there to jam home the rebound. At the end of 2, the Generals led 27-18 in shots and 4-1 on the scoreboard.
The final frame presented another milestone – this time, it was rookie Michael Dal Colle scoring his first OHL goal at 3:55. Once again, it was Boone Jenner providing the helper with Dal Colle burying a rebound capping off a 5-1 victory.
Oshawa outshot Peterborough 47-23.
Scott Laughton, Boone Jenner and Geoffrey Schemitsch were the game’s three star selections.
Daniel Altshuller made 22 saves in Oshawa’s second win over Peterborough.
Tomorrow night, the Generals head down the 401 to take on Belleville. Game time is 7:05 PM and can be seen live on Rogers TV Durham.
Oshawa’s next home game is this Sunday September 30th vs. the Brampton Battalion. Puck drops at 6:05 PM at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa. See you there!