Prospect Roundup: Generals Keep Rolling

Monday, 10.08.2012 / 12:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

It's probably a bit premature to label an early-October hockey game as a "heavyweight showdown," but Friday night's matchup between Oshawa and Kingston had all the makings of a must-see.

On one hand, there were the surprising Frontenacs, picked by many to occupy the lower regions of the Ontario Hockey League standings and struggle to win on a consistent basis. Then you have the Generals, a talent-laden club that is looking to finally steer the ship in the right direction and compete for a championship.

Two different paths and two unique situations, but they had a thread of commonality on Friday: both teams wanted to win the game and continue their torrid October paces in the OHL.

General Motors Centre in Oshawa was the place to be: a couple of hockey clubs playing very well on a big holiday weekend in Canada with plenty of emotion in the building.

And it was quite the hockey game to marry with the atmosphere.

The Generals opened the scoring late in the first period thanks to Scott Sabourin's ice-breaker, but Spencer Watson answered for Kingston with a power-play goal as time wound down in the opening 20.

Both teams traded goals in the second period and were dead-locked at 2-2 entering the third period. The Frontenacs got an early tally off the stick of Darcy Greenaway, vaulting Kingston into the lead for the first time.

But that's when Oshawa and captain Boone Jenner went to work.

With the Generals operating on a power play, Jenner and Cole Cassels helped set up Scott Laughton's game-tying goal at 4:15 of the third period -- less than three minutes after Kingston had gone ahead.

Jenner earned the secondary assist on Brian Hughes' go-ahead goal at 7:31 of the third, part of a wild sequence featuring four total goals scored in less than eight minutes.

Kingston could get no closer than 5-4 at 12:09 of the final period, and Tyler Biggs capped it off with an empty-netter at 19:55.


STRUGGLES CONTINUE FOR SILVERTIPS

Ryan Murray's third season in Everett has not been off to a good start, despite the fact that the Silvertips have played better hockey in recent games.

They entered last week's games with a 1-3-0 record and fighting to stay out of the cellar in U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League, and had an opportunity to get back on track by beating a pair of in-state rivals.

The Tri-Cty Americans have given the Silvertips trouble so far this year and the latest chapter was no different. Everett dropped two games this week (Wednesday, Sunday) to the Americans and is now 0-3-0 against Tri-City on the season.

At the root of Everett's problems has been inconsistent goaltending. The Silvertips have given up the third-most goals in the WHL (31) and have the league's second-worst goal differential (-14) through seven games.

They made a trade on the weekend, picking up Daniel Cotton from Seattle in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2014. With Austin Lotz on the shelf, the Silvertips needed another goalie for insurance and Cotton could help shoulder some of the burden between the pipes.

Change or no change in goal, the fact of the matter remains: the Silvertips have to keep more pucks out of their net if their fortunes are to reverse in the immediate future.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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