(Photo Via: Goodall Media/Ian Goodall)
OSHAWA – The Oshawa Generals hung on late to keep their winning streak alive against the Mississauga Steelheads on Wednesday night. The game would finish with the final score of 5-4 for the home team, Generals.
The Generals would get on the board first, late in the opening frame. Serron Noel scored his 25th of the season on the power play while Isaac Walker was sitting off for a two-minute holding penalty. Noel, originally from Ottawa, Ont., had been kept off the score sheet in his previous two games, he has scored 5 goals in his previous 7 games however. Noel had 1 goal and 1 assist when these teams squared-off back on November 26th.
The Generals would hold that 1-0 lead heading into the 2nd period. That is when the flood gates opened. Renars Krastenbergs would score his 17th goal of the season just 4:40 into the middle period. The Jelgava, Lat., native hadn’t scored in his previous 5 games.
Then just 2:31 later, Oshawa would strike again. This time it was Daniel Antropov netting his 15th goal of the year. Antropov, who hails from North York, Ont., has been on fire for the Generals as of late, scoring 7 goals in his last 7 games.
The home crowd would only have to wait another 2:02 before their Generals would strike again. While Daniel Antropov was serving a Too Many Men penalty, Kyle MacLean would score short-handed for his 9th goal of the season. This ended a 7 game goalless drought for MacLean who last scored on January 4th in a 6-5 road SO win for the Generals against North Bay.
5:34 later, the Steelheads would respond however. Nicolas Hague would score his 30th goal of the season and cut the Generals lead to 4-1. This was just Hague’s 2nd goal in his last 9 games, it was also his 2nd goal in his last 3 games. Hague did have a goal streak a month ago which spanned 4 games from January 21st until February 2nd.
When the third period started, it would be all Steelheads. Cole Carter would score just 1:00 into the final period to cut the Generals lead to 4-2. Carter, from Orleans, Ont., now has put himself on a four-game goal streak, and has scored in five of the last six contests he’s suited up in, scoring 7 goals. Carter, who was sent to the Steelheads in a trade from Kitchener, has 12 goals and 7 assists in just 20 games with Mississauga, averaging more than a point per game. To counter that, he had 9 goals 12 assists when playing for the Midwest division leading Rangers.
Owen Tippett would then add another goal for Mississauga, this one coming on the power play while William Ennis was serving a tripping minor. Now with 8:30 remaining in the game, Mississauga only trailed the Generals by one goal. For Tippett, the Peterborough, Ont., native, he extends his goal streak to six games, while his point streak extends to seven. In his last 10 games, Tippett has 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points.
Just a 1:38 after the Tippett goal, with Isaac Walker serving a penalty for interference, Trent Fox would score his 20th goal of the season, short-handed to tie the game at 4-4. What was once a 4-0 lead for the Generals had now disappeared into a 4-4 tie with the Steelheads.
The Generals would show resilience however, with just 1:17 left in the game, that looked to be heading towards OT, Renars Krastenbergs would score his 2nd goal of the game to give the Generals a 5-4 lead.
Mississauga would direct three shots on the Generals goal in the final 20 seconds, but couldn’t beat Kyle Keyser. The Generals walk out of their mid-week matchup against the Mississauga Steelheads by a final of 5-4.
Emanuel Vella started the game for the Steelheads, but was yanked after allowing four goals on 21 shots. Vella was credited with a no decision on the game. His season record remains at 15-9-1 with a 3.19 GAA and a 0.898 SV%. Jacob Ingham would be credited with the loss for the Steelheads despite making 10 saves on 11 shots. Ingham, originally from Barrie, Ont., came in to the game just before the midway point of the 2nd period. This will mark the fifth straight decision that Ingham has lost, going 0-4-1 over that span.
For the Generals, Kyle Keyser picks up his 5th straight win. Keyser, from Coral Springs, Fla., made 40 saves on 44 shots on goal, including 3 in the final 20 seconds of the game to secure the victory. Over his 5-game winning streak, Keyser has allowed 10 goals on 169 shots. His season record improves to 25-11-2 with a 3.02 GAA and a 0.909 SV%.
For the Steelheads, that was their first loss in four games, and first regulation loss in five. They will look to bounce back on Friday night when they host the North Bay Battalion at 7:00pm from the Hershey Centre.
With the win, the Generals have created more separation between themselves and the Steelheads who currently sit in 8th place in the OHL Eastern conference with 59 points. The 5th place Generals (65 points) are tied with Niagara for fourth place, and are two points up on North Bay in 6th, while they have a three-point lead on Ottawa who is in 7th. The Generals will next suit up Friday night when they travel to Kitchener to take on the Rangers. Puck drop from the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium will go at 7:30pm.
First Star: #15 Kyle MacLean – 1 Goal 1 Assist, +2, 1 shot on goal, 58% Face-offs (7/12)
Second Star: #90 Daniel Antropov – 1 Goal 1 Assist, 3 shots on goal, 2 penalty minutes
Third Star: #17 Renars Krastenbergs – 2 Goals, +2, 3 shots on goal, 100% Face-offs (2/2)