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By Alex Headley
The Generals successfully defended their undefeated home record in Oshawa Friday night. They beat division rival Kingston 6-4 before a crowd of 3,448 at the General Motors Centre. Down 3-2 in the third, Oshawa scored 3 unanswered goals and never looked back. 5 Generals had multi-point nights, and Boone Jenner had 3 assists in the win.
The first period was a tightly contested defensive battle; each side struck once and headed to the dressing room tied.
Daniel Altshuller made his 6th straight start for Oshawa. The Generals’ goaltender was Oshawa’s best penalty killer, making 14 saves in the frame.
Altshuller was at his acrobatic finest mid-period first robbing Fronts’ forward Slater Dogget before going coast-to-coast and stopping a wrap-around attempt.
The Generals broke the ice at 13:40 when veteran Scott Sabourin stepped into a cross-ice pass and ripped a slap shot past Kingston goaltender Mike Morrison.
Kingston countered on the power play. Spencer Watson wired a far side wrist shot late in the frame, knotting the game at 1.
The middle twenty was a carbon copy of the first. Once again, each team notched 1 with Oshawa scoring first and then, Kingston responding.
Altshuller continued his strong play early in the second, stopping Billy Jenkins on a clear break. The Generals’ net-minder showed particularly impressive foot speed mid-frame flashing the pads and turning aside a handful of dangerous scoring opportunities from the slot.
Oshawa took advantage 12 minutes in. Michael Dal Colle drove to the net, one-timing home a nice feed from Boone Jenner, for a 2-1 Generals’ lead. With the assist, Oshawa’s captain now has points in all six games this season.
Kingston squared it up late in the period on the power play. OHL player of the week, Ryan Kujawinski, buried his 3rd glove side, just after a Kingston two-man-advantage had expired. Going into the final frame, the score was deadlocked at 2.
In the third, the Fronts cashed in when Darcy Greenaway buried a loose puck out front. For the first time all evening, Kingston was the frontrunner, leading 3-2. It was short lived.
Oshawa stormed right back at 4:15 via the power play. Working with a 2-man-advantage, Scott Laughton blasted a point shot through traffic into the back of the net, tying the game at 3.
That’s when Oshawa flipped the switch and took control. Lucas Lessio carried the puck to the net, and was stopped on the dangle, but Brian Hughes was there, pounding the rebound into a yawning cage.
Now up 4-3, former Frontenac, Adam Lloyd, scored his first goal as a General with a back door one-timer after a perfect pass from Bradley Latour.
Dogget got one back for Kingston, but Tyler Biggs sealed the deal with an empty netter in the dying seconds, making the Generals winners, 6-4.
Boone Jenner, Ryan Kujawinski and Brian Hughes picked up the three star selections.
Oshawa outshot Kingston 42-29.
Daniel Altshuller made 25 saves in his 5th win of the season.
Oshawa’s next home game is this Thanksgiving Monday October 8th at the General Motors Centre vs. the East Division rival Belleville Bulls. Puck drops at 2:05 PM. See you there!
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