Generals 4 point weekend

Posted: November 4, 2014 by OHL INSIDERS SUCKS in Oshawa Generals News
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The Oshawa Generals only Oshawahad two games this past weekend, but they where two massive games in the Eastern Conference standings against the Belleville Bulls.

The Generals came out flying in the first game Saturday at the Yardman in Belleville and scored on their first 3 powerplays with goals from Michael Dal Colle, Hunter Smith and Josh Sterk.  Special teams was the main key to victory Saturday night as the Generals ended 3/4 on the powerplay and 7/8 on the penalty kill.  One troubling thing that I saw a lot in the Saturday game vs Belleville was how many runs they took at 2nd year defenceman Mitch Vande Sompel. Taking too many big hits was something he struggled with last season and hadn’t had that same problem this year until Saturday night.  I did like to see assistant captain Cole Cassels step up and drop the gloves with Brett Gustavsen after a (in my opinion) dirty hit directly to Vande Sompel’s head.

On Sunday night the start was similar to Saturday, and the Generals came up and scored first on the powerplay, this time it was Hunter Smith with the goal.  After that however, Belleville took over and finished the 2nd scoring 3 unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead after 2.  After what I assume was a heated DJ Smith speech in the 2nd intermission, the Generals came out flying and scored 2 goals to tie the game in the first 1:30 with goals from Dal Colle and Cassels.  No more scoring came after that and the Generals went to their first shootout of the year.  Twice in the shootout the Generals had to score or the game was over and both times they did (Cassels and Sterk). Then it came down to Vande Sompel in round 8 with the game on his stick and he finished it off with a nice forehand backhand move that beat Graham.  A huge perfect 4 point weekend for the Generals, who are now 6 points ahead of the 2nd place Belleville Bulls.

Stats:

-Ken Appleby leads the OHL with 12 wins, a goals against average (GAA) of 1.91 and a save percentage of .926 (tied with Jake Paterson for save %)

-Mitch Vande Sompel leads OHL defenceman with 19 points

-Cole Cassels is 4th in OHL points (and 2nd in the Eastern Conference) with 28 and is on a 9 game point streak (18 points in those 9 games)

Injury Notes:

-Cliff Pu is healthy again and set to return after he gets home from the U17’s with Team Black

NOTE: The game Friday in Ottawa has been postponed because of an ice-making equipment malfunction

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