By: Alex Headley
The Generals battled, but they couldn’t pull one out against the Storm on New Year’s Day in Oshawa. They fell 2-1 to Guelph before a crowd of 4,603 at the General Motors Centre. Guelph struck for the winner in the final minute of the third, while Storm goaltender, Keegan Wilson, was brilliant making 43 saves and earning the game’s first star.
Neither side scored in the first period. Oshawa dominated territorial play, outshooting the Storm 16-9. The Generals’ best scoring chance came late in the frame. Working on the power play, Scott Sabourin attempted to stuff home Scott Laughton’s rebound, but Storm goaltender, Keegan Wilson, held the line, closing the door. Daniel Altshuller was equally solid at the other end, keeping the game scoreless heading into the second.
Both teams struck in the middle frame, bringing the game’s fate down to the third. Guelph cashed in first, with Justin Auger deflecting Andrey Pedan’s point shot past Altshuller at 5:54.
The Generals got even on the power play. Scoring his 4th goal of the season, Brian Hughes backhanded a backboard bounce past Wilson, tying the game at 1. Altshuller was fantastic in the second, shutting down 3 Storm power plays and making a brilliant glove-hand stop on Ben Harpur. After 40, Oshawa was outshooting Guelph 28-22, deadlocked in a 1-1 game.
In the third, Oshawa outshot Guelph 16-7, but Wilson was brilliant, flashing the pads on Sabourin to keep it tied.
The game looked destined for overtime, but with 29 seconds left on the clock, the Storm won an offensive zone faceoff and buried the winner. Operating from the slot, Patrick Watling fired his 4th goal of the season through the wickets making Guelph winners, 2-1.
Oshawa outshot Guelph 44-29.
Altshuller and Hughes picked up the second and third star selections.
The Generals hit the road, starting this Thursday January 3rd at Brampton. Games goes at 7:00 PM and can be seen live on Rogers TV Durham.
The Generals’ next home game is next Friday January 11th vs. the division-rival Peterborough Petes. Start time is 7:35 PM at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa. See you there.