Oshawa prevails in shootout
NORTH BAY, Ont. — Matt Brassard and Kyle MacLean scored in a shootout to give the Oshawa Generals a 6-5 victory Thursday night over the North Bay Battalion and a sweep of the teams’ Ontario Hockey League home-and-home series.
Domenico Commisso scored one goal and added two assists for Oshawa, while Brassard and Renars Krastenbergs had one goal and one assist apiece as Hayden McCool and MacLean each netted a goal. Goaltender Kyle Keyser made 39 saves through overtime in helping the Generals move their won-lost-extended record to 19-17-2 for 40 points, third in the East Division.
Luke Burghardt scored two goals and had one assist for North Bay, and Justin Brazeau contributed one goal and two assists. Adam Thilander had one goal and one assist, with Brandon Coe also scoring. Goaltender Christian Propp faced 33 shots through overtime before a crowd of 2,205.
The Battalion is 13-19-6 for 32 points, fourth in the Central Division, one point behind the Mississauga Steelheads, who defeated the visiting Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-3 via shootout.
“I thought the second period was our worst period all year,” said Battalion coach Stan Butler. “I thought we were terrible. They just out-competed us and played harder than us. Then I thought the third period was probably one of our best periods of the year.”
In the shootout, Propp denied Jack Studnicka before Brassard and MacLean connected. For North Bay, which shot first, Cam Dineen was stopped, Brazeau scored and Burghardt was foiled.
The Troops trailed 4-1 after 40 minutes but outscored Oshawa 4-1 in the third period to get to overtime and the shootout, with rookie Coe connecting at 1:45 on the rebound of a Kyle Potts shot. Burghardt scored at 9:35 off a feed from Matthew Struthers, making his Battalion debut after a trade Wednesday from the Owen Sound Attack.
MacLean countered at 12:50 before defenceman Thilander drilled the puck home from the right point on the power play at 17:50 and Burghardt tied it at 18:17 with the tip of a screened Thilander blast.
Oshawa took control with three goals in the second period, starting with Brassard’s tally on the power play at 1:09. McCool connected at 6:49, knocking the puck past Propp from the right side, and Krastenbergs made it 4-1 at 13:35 off a feed from the end boards by Studnicka.
Brazeau opened the scoring at 7:49 of the first period, slipping a backhander past Keyser from the right-wing circle. Burghardt and Jesse Saban drew assists on Brazeau’s team-leading 25th goal of the season.
Commisso tied it on the power play at 19:07 with Oshawa skating four against three after a ludicrous roughing call against Burghardt when the Troops were the victim of a high stick. Studnicka and Serron Noel had the assists on Commisso’s one-timer from the high slot.
The Battalion visits the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The game can be seen live in North Bay on YourTV Channels 12 and 700 and heard on Country 600 CKAT.
BATTALION BULLETS: Maddie Marsh sang the national anthem on Mattawa Rockets Night, which saw community teams from tyke through bantam age groups attend the game. Pearson Martel-Groulx conducted the ceremonial puck drop … The Battalion, which has one win in six overtime decisions, went to a shootout for the first time this season … With overager Brett McKenzie having been traded Wednesday to Owen Sound for fellow centre Struthers, Brazeau wore an alternate captain’s ‘A’ in the game. Struthers made his Battalion debut without benefit of a practice with his new team … North Bay went 1-for-4 on the power play. Oshawa was 2-for-4 … The Generals, who blanked the Battalion 5-0 Monday at Oshawa, have won six straight games since a 3-1 loss Dec. 10 to the visiting Saginaw Spirit … Opening lines included Struthers centring left winger Burghardt and right winger Brazeau, Adam McMaster pivoting left winger Brad Chenier and right winger Andy Baker and Potts centring left winger Luke Moncada and right winger Coe. Patrick Brown skated between Alex Robert on left wing and Kurtis Evans on right wing … The Battalion scratched Eric Allair, Simon Rose, Rhys Forhan and Daniel Walker … Danil Antropov, who suffered a cut leg Monday, was among the Oshawa scratches for the rematch … With the arrival of January, the Troops wore green at home … The referees were Joe Celestin and Ryan Harrison.