Oshawa - October 6, 2012 - Fans in Oshawa went to the fights on Friday evening and a hockey game eventually broke out. A fight-filled second period highlighted a chippy East Divisional matchup between the Oshawa Generals and the Kingston Frontenacs.
Generals’ captain Boone Jenner led the way for the Generals with three assists and remains the league’s leader in points (15 points). Acquired in a trade from Kingston on August 1st, winger Adam Lloyd scored the game winning goal against his former team to give Oshawa a 6-4 victory. Friday’s contest was Lloyd’s first as a General and his first since recovering from a broken hand suffered in a pre-season exhibition match.
Six different Oshawa Generals scored goals against the Kingston Frontenacs. Scoring for Oshawa was Scott Sabourin, Michael Dal Colle, Scott Laughton, Brian Hughes, Adam Lloyd and Tyler Biggs. Biggs registered a Gordie Howe hat trick when he defended his team captain by exchanging knuckle sandwiches with Frontenacs’ defenseman Mikko Vainonen. Vainonen had cross-checked Jenner in front of the Kingston goal on an Oshawa power play.
Instantaneously, Vainonen and the rest of his teammates were swarmed by the entire Generals’ power play unit, defending their captain’s honour. This year’s version of the Oshawa Generals is quickly building character. Scoring for Kingston was Spencer Watson, Ryan Kujawinski, Darcy Greenaway and Slater Dogget.
While the Oshawa Generals appear to be the class of the East over the first six games of this young OHL season, the team collectively has to work at reducing the amount of needless penalties they are taking each game. In the opening frame of Friday’s contest, Oshawa was guilty of taking five minor penalties, at times putting the Generals on their heels against a smaller, but speedy Frontenacs’ team.
The announced three stars of the game were Generals’ forward Brian Hughes (3rd star, one goal), Frontenacs’ forward and OHL player of the week, Ryan Kujawinski (2nd star, one goal, two assists) and Generals’ captain, Boone Jenner (1st star, three assists).
Other notables on this evening were defensemen Mikko Vainonen and Michael Moffat and forward Spencer Watson. Oshawa defenseman Tyler Hore continues to play simple, but solid, defense for the Generals. When the Generals skate and lay on the body, they collectively make things happen. Sophomore forward Cole Cassels isn’t a passenger so far this season; he’s the driver, delivering crushing body checks and has been playing solid hockey at both ends of the rink.
Oshawa Generals’ sophomore forward Cole Cassels is quickly becoming a PK specialist. His game has moved to the next level (Ian Goodall/Goodall Media Inc.)
Generals’ goaltender Daniel Altshuller registered his fifth win (stopped 25-of-29 shots) of the season, while goaltender Mike Morrison (stopped 36-of-42 shots) registered the loss for the Frontenacs. Altshuller definitely did not have his best game on this night, but still came up strong when needed as Kingston mounted a comeback in the third period to keep things interesting. Perhaps Generals fans might finally see rookie backup goaltender Ken Appleby start in Oshawa’s next contest on Monday afternoon against the Belleville Bulls. Game time is slotted for a 2:05 p.m. start.
Dean Eastman is the Montreal Canadiens' and Oshawa Generals' correspondent for OurHometown.ca Dean was born in Cornwall and raised in Long Sault and has been a loyal Habs fan since the days of the Pocket Rocket and the Roadrunner. He now calls Whitby, Ontario home to his wife Heather and young sons Eric and Ryan. Dean is passionate about his hockey, whether it be from the junior or professional ranks. Dean will provide current news and views on the Canadiens and Generals organizations from a global perspective. If you have questions or wish to contact Dean, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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