On Saturday night, the Oshawa Generals planned their attacks for their lone visit to the Soo for the 2019-2020 OHL season.
With the Hounds penalty kill shining bright, Brkin still managing to maintain his stellar play the Hounds would manage to take down the Oshawa Generals by a final score of 3-1
The story for the individual clubs is very different. The Hounds currently sit in last in the Western Conference, while the Generals are enjoying a season full of success, coming into this game with a 14-4-0-1 record, good for third in the Eastern Conference.
The Hounds were able to snap a 7 game losing streak after the acquisition of overage appearances with the new club ahead of Saturday’s game. He would try for his third win in his third start. goaltender Bailey Brkin, who boasted a 2.14 GAA and a .919 save percentage in three
While the standings may show these teams are mismatched, that was unseen to open this one. Both teams had a fair share of scoring opportunities early on, but nothing would pass either netminder in the first half of the opening frame. Brkin would make an excellent stop on a 2 on 1 chance as the highlight.
The Generals would then ramp up the pressure, not letting the Hounds regain the puck without a fight. While Brkin was able to do his job to keep the game tied, until Zack Trott would make up for an empty net he missed with a beautiful skate through the neutral zone to the General’s net where he snuck in behind Zachary Paputsakis. An easy pass to Tye Kartye and he would finish making it a 1-0 game.
The game would continue to go back and forth with chances for the duration of the second period, but a goal would finally come with 10 seconds remaining. A beautiful pass from the circle by Trott found the tape of Pytlik right in front for an easy redirect goal. A 2-0 lead heading into the second would put the Hounds in an excellent position to pull off the upset.
Brett Harrison would get momentum swinging in the General’s favour, needing only 1 minute and 56 seconds to get the team on the board. It would be the first time Brkin would be beaten on the night, but the Hounds would not let Oshawa enjoy the goal for long.
Getting a pass at the point, Billy Constantinou would walk in and let a shot go that had eyes as it went past the glove side of Paputsakis. The goal would come just 41 seconds after the General’s notched theirs, restoring the Hounds two goal lead.
That would be the last goal of the game, as the Hounds would take this by a final score of 3-1. Next up for the Hounds is a stop in Windsor as they take on the Spitfire on Thursday.