A split of games over the weekend is keeping the Oshawa Generals in the playoff hunt.
On Friday, March 25, the Generals beat the Barrie Colts 3-2 in overtime at the Tribute Communities Center in Oshawa. The game on Sunday, March 27 was different, as the Generals were shutout 3-0 by the Eastern Conference leading Hamilton Bulldogs, also at home.
General General Manager Roger Hunt said the win over Barrie was “a huge game to help get us into a playoff position. I think the way the guys did it, certainly was in dramatic fashion. Every point is important right now. Every single point.”
Cameron Butler scored his 10th goal of the season in the first period, while Oskar Olausson notched his 26th in the second. Ty Tullio scored the game winner in overtime, his 35th of the season.
Oshawa outshot the fifth-place Colts 36-32.
Against Hamilton, “I think we put a decent effort forward. We kept the lid on some of their big guys, but we just fell short. We succeeded defensively, but failed offensively. They’re a good team,” Hunt said.
The weekend action leaves the Generals in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 59 points. The Colts in fifth place have 68 points.
The Ottawa 67’s are seventh with 56 points, while the Peterborough Petes are eighth with 53 points.
The Generals play in Hamilton on Thursday, March 31.
As for making the playoffs, Hunt said, “We have to get more points. The stats are the real facts. Everyone in the Eastern Conference can pass us. That’s not where we want to be. If you can steal a point here or steal a point there. Don’t steal them, earn them. We’re going to need more than 59 points to be in the playoffs. We’re certainly going to need more than 59 points to hold on to sixth place. That’s the goal right now,” Hunt said.