By: Alex Headley
The Generals couldn’t hold on to a third period lead at the General Motors Centre on Sunday night; they fell 4-2 to the Owen Sound Attack before a crowd of 5,170. Scott Laughton briefly gave the Generals a 2-1 lead in the final frame, but the Attack came back to score 3 unanswered goals for the win. Bradley Latour had a 2-point night and picked up the first star selection in the loss.
Owen Sound grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, scoring the period’s lone goal at 13:18. Playing 4-on-4, Daniel Catenacci one-timed a cross-crease-pass past Daniel Altshuller for his 21st goal of the season.
Oshawa had 4 power play opportunities, but couldn’t find a way to solve Attack goaltender, Brandon Hope, who stopped the 5 shots that he faced. The Attack took a 1-0 advantage into the second, outshooting the Generals, 10-5.
The Generals played a defensively solid middle frame and countered with a goal of their own, tying the game at 1. Oshawa’s penalty-kill was stellar with Brian Hughes blocking shots and Scott Sabourin nearly scoring on a short-handed break.
Bradley Latour tied the game up at 12:10, rifling his 5th of the season through Hope from the low circles. Cole Cassels assisted on the play with a lovely feed from down low, sending both sides to the dressing room deadlocked at 1.
Early in the third, Oshawa captured the lead courtesy of the power play. Scott Laughton wired a point shot through traffic, burying his 11th at 4:12, making it 2-1 Generals.
The Generals’ penalty-kill, neutralized a 3-minute, Owen Sound advantage mid-frame, but after that, it was all Owen Sound.
First, Keevin Cutting ripped a point shot through traffic, tying the game at 2. Then, Gemel Smith backhanded his own rebound past Altshuller, making it 3-2 Owen Sound. Cameron Brace put the game on ice at 17:19, one-timing his 23rd blocker-side from inside the left circle.
At game’s end, Owen Sound outshot Oshawa 35-21, winning it, 4-2.
Latour and Laughton were the game’s first and second stars.
The Generals’ next home game is New Years’ Day, this Tuesday January 1st, when they take on the Guelph Storm at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa. Start time is 2:05 PM. Come on out and help the Generals ring in 2013!