The Oshawa Generals didn’t fall back or jump forward after a light weekend of Ontario Hockey League action.
The Generals had one game over the weekend and they fell 5-3 to the first place Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday, April 10 at the Tribute Communities Centre.
Oshawa went into the weekend in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and they remain there after the game. They have 64 points, two ahead of both the Ottawa 67’s and Peterborough Petes.
The Generals had clinched a playoff spot and, with only three games left, had no chance of catching the fifth-place Barrie Colts, who had 73 points.
Generals General Manager Roger Hunt said, “We’ve had a tough schedule since Christmas, so I think our guys have handled it well, but you’ve got to get points this time of year. Morale victories are not good this time of year.”
The team needs to pick up points with each game, he added.
“We’re back to the drawing board. We have three games in four days and we’ve got to pick up points. It’s clear as the nose on your face,” Hunt said.
In the Generals three remaining regular season games, they play the North Bay Battalion on Thursday, April 14 in North Bay and then at home on Sunday, April 17. Game time for the second game is 2:05 pm
In between, they play the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday, April 15 at home. Game time is 7:35pm
North Bay is in second place in the conference, while Mississauga is in fourth, so the games won’t be easy, Hunt noted.
“It’s totally in our control, but they’ll be tough. We secured the playoff spot, which is big. I think the fact of the matter is we want to finish with the best record we can. Sixth is better than seventh or eighth. Let’s finish the best we can and take that momentum into the playoffs,” he said.
Against Hamilton, the Generals fell behind 3-0 before staging a rally in the third period to pull close.
“We got better as the game went on, but we just built too deep of a hole,” he said.
All three general goals came in the third period, when Oshawa outshot Hamilton 18-10. In the first two periods, Oshawa could only manage 11 shots on goal.
Ryan Gagnier scored twice for the Generals, while Ty Tullio had the other marker.