Oshawa Generals have weekend that symbolizes the up-and-down season

Oshawa Generals’ Ty Tullio added to his team-leading points total with three goals in three games over the weekend. Tullio now has 76 points, with 34 goals and 43 assists.

  • Oshawa Generals' Ty Tullio, seen in the outdoor game in Hamiton on March 14, added to his team-leading points total with three goals in three games over the weekend.  Tullio now has 76 points, with 34 goals and 43 assists.

An up-and-down weekend symbolized the type of season the Oshawa Generals are having.

The Generals dropped the first and third games, but won the second.

General Manager Roger Hunt said, “It’s been that way a lot of the year. We’re trying to iron it out before it goes much longer. We played well, but found a way to lose and that’s becoming a theme here — that we’re just not closing out games or we’re not closing out games to get the point.”

On Friday, March 18, Oshawa dropped a 2-1 decision to the Peterborough Petes at the Tribute Communities Centre. On Saturday, the Gens traveled to Barrie and knocked off the Colts 5-4 in a shootout.

However, on Sunday at home, they fell 5-4 to the Kingston Frontenacs.

Oshawa now sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, with 57 points, three better than the Ottawa 67’s and five more than Peterborough. The Barrie Colts are in fifth, with 63 points. Oshawa has played 58 games, while Barrie only 55 games.

Hunt noted the Petes have registered a point in each of the last 11 games and have been moving up the standings in the latter half of the season.

“That’s the mentality we’ve got to have, being able to lock down games late,” Hunt added.

Against Peterborough, the Petes scored the winner with just over five minutes left in the third period.

Ty Tullio scored the lone Oshawa goal, with help from Stuart Rolofs and Parker Petruniak.

On Saturday, the Generals traveled to Barrie and “found a way to win,” Hunt said. “That was encouraging. We came from behind, scored some goals and won it in a shootout.”

Goal scorers were Tullio, Ryan Gagnier, David Jesus and Ryan Stepien.

On Sunday, the Generals “had the opportunity to win. They have their backup (goalie) in and a couple of players were missing and I think you’ve got to have that shark tasting or smelling blood mentality when a team is like that. Again, we let is slip away late in the game. We were only minutes away from a point, or maybe two,” Hunt said.

Goal scorers were Stepien, Calum Ritchie, Tullio and Oskar Olausson.

In the last 10 games, Oshawa has won two and lost eight.

The team fired coach Todd Miller on Saturday, March 12 in part to shake up the team a bit, Hunt noted.

The change in coaching has helped a bit, but he added the team is 2-3 since the change.

“I want to believe there’s been an upswing from the players. When you move the coach, it puts a lot of eyeballs on the players. We’ve got good players. There’s no one who can tell me we don’t,” he said

The Generals’ next two games are at home at the Tribute Communities Centre. Barrie visits on Friday, March 25, with game time at 7:35 pm On Sunday, March 27, the Hamilton Bulldogs, the first-place team in the conference, are the opponent. Game time is 6:05 pm

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