The Generals completed a perfect weekend in Oshawa Sunday night. They won a barnburner beating the Brampton Battalion 7-4 before a lively crowd of 3,207 at the General Motors Centre. Boone Jenner, Lucas Lessio and Tyler Biggs each had 2 goals in the win improving Oshawa’s record to 4-and-1. The Generals have now won 3 straight with Jenner tallying 8 points during that stretch.
In the first, the Generals scored 3 against a Brampton team that had only surrendered 6 goals all season.
Oshawa ran into penalty trouble early killing off a Brampton 2-man-advantage in the game’s opening minutes. Special teams did an excellent job of keeping the puck to the outside, and Generals’ goaltender Daniel Altshuller was solid shutting down the bottom half of the net.
That opened the door for Boone Jenner who continued his torrid goal scoring pace at 5:21. Jenner’s 6th was a redirection past Battalion goaltender Matej Machovsky after a blistering point shot from Chris Carlisle. 1-0 Generals.
Oshawa’s special teams doubled the lead at 8:41. Working on the power play, Lucas Lessio accepted a point pass from Matt Petgrave before wiring home his 4th from inside the circles.
Less than a minute later, Jenner chased Machovsky from the game with his second of the night. Streaking down the wing, the Generals’ captain found a hole in Machovsky’s armor making it 3-0.
Jake Smith came on to replace Machovsky and made a timely stop on Lessio who looked brilliant walking through Brampton’s defence. Barclay Goodrow got one back for Brampton with a one-timer on the power play, but Oshawa headed into the second with a 3-1 edge.
The Battalion reversed their fortunes in the second frame – their power play netted 2 and tied the game.
Once again, it was Goodrow chipping away at Oshawa’s lead. This time, the Battalion winger cruised in on a 2-on-1 and buried a rebound past Altshuller glove side. Then, at 10:35, Blake Clarke found a rebound in the crease, tapped it across the line, and knotted the game at 3.
Jenner came close to cramming home a wrap-around late in the period. Still, going into the third, it was 3-3 with Brampton now outshooting Oshawa 24-18.
Oshawa reclaimed the lead early in the third when a strong forecheck led by Scott Sabourin forced Brampton to take a penalty.
The Generals’ power play capitalized at 1:17 with Lessio scoring his 2nd of the game, a snap shot from the top of the circle.
Now 4-3 Oshawa, Tyler Biggs got in on the action potting his 3rd of the season with a wrist shot from the high slot. Not quite satisfied, Biggs added another short side, converting a lovely setup courtesy of Michael Dal Colle.
Up by a field goal, Oshawa struck again when Bradley Latour cruised across the blue line and roofed his first ever OHL goal.
Brampton managed 1 third period marker, but the damage was done as the Generals went on to skate to a 7-4 victory.
Boone Jenner, Tyler Biggs and Lucas Lessio were the game’s three start selections.
Brampton outshot Oshawa 33-25 with Daniel Altshuller making 29 stops in a winning cause.
Oshawa’s next home game is this Friday October 5th against the division rival Kingston Frontenacs. Puck drops at 7:35 PM at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa.