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By Chris Mantel
The RBC Centre played host to the battle between the Oshawa Generals and Sarnia Sting on Saturday, as the hometown Sting defeated the Generals 4-2 in front of the 3,080 in attendance. With both teams playing in their second game in as many days, the first period was a grinder’s game before the scoring began midway through the first. Scott Laughton extended his point-streak to 8 games, collecting a goal and assist.
The scoring wasn’t opened until the middle of the first frame as the Generals battled the Sting for the lead. A shot from Scott Laughton slid to the side of the net, where it was bounced on by the quick hands of Bradley Latour as he forced the puck through JP Anderson at the 12:51 mark for the first goal of the game. The Sting responded on the powerplay, as a point shot left a rebound in front of the net that was pounced on by the OHL’s leading goal scorer Reid Boucher, as he tied the game 1-1.
The powerplay was successful for the Sting in the second as they claimed their first lead of the game on an Alex Basso one-timer. The Generals responded a minute later as Scott Laughton was fouled on a breakaway, giving the Oshawa forward a penalty shot. At the 8:30 mark, Laughton came down on Anderson, and with a twitch of the shoulder froze the Sarnia netminder enough to tuck the puck past his outstretched pad to tie the game at two.
Penalty troubles continued to plague the Generals, as they couldn’t get any momentum against the tough Sarnia squad. The Sting capitalized on their chances and jumped ahead for the second time of the game. After being knocked down in the corner, Bryan Moore grabbed the puck and tucked the puck around Altshuller after driving to the net, making the score 3-2 with under two minutes in the period.
Sarnia sealed the deal in the third as Nicolas Latta was sprung for a breakaway. Speeding away from a tired Generals line, he beat Altshuller with a quick shot glove side, giving the Sting a 4-2 lead, and ultimately the win.
Despite the loss, the Generals outshot Sarnia 42-19.
Scott Laughton picked up the third star of the game.
The Generals return home to the General Motors Centre on Monday, February 18th as they host the Sudbury Wolves for a special Family Day match-up. Puck drop is at 2:05pm.
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