Oshawa Generals salvage a point on Pride Night in key late season game

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Published March 30, 2022 at 9:39 am

The Oshawa Generals found themselves down two in the third period in a classic ‘four-point game’ against the Ottawa 67s on Pride Night Tuesday.

Cue the pride. Cue the comeback.

Cooper Way dangled his way through the 67s skaters shorthanded to cut the lead and Brett Harrison, on a slapper from the point, sent the game to overtime to salvage a point and some pride for the 6th place Generals as the season nears its conclusion.

The game was the club’s second annual Pride Night, with local LGBTQ+ organizations like PFLAG Durham on hand to help educate and advocate for diversity and inclusion for everyone.

The players wore a special decal on their helmets – designed by Alexandria Cotterill of the Generals’ graphic design team – and Pride Night t-shirts were on sale in the Oshawa Generals Store, with all proceeds donated to an LGTBQ+ charity in Durham.

And to kick it off, the ceremonial puck drop was performed by Juice Box Queen, one of the Season 1 performers on Canada’s Drag Race.

On the ice, Ottawa – trailing the Generals by three points – found their game first, outshooting Oshawa 13-5 in the first period and assembling a 2-0 lead by the seven-minute mark of the second before Ty Tullio rocketed a wrister past Will Cranley early in the third to narrow the lead to one.

Ottawa quickly regained their two-goal lead before the Generals finally woke up and made it a game.

Patrick Leaver, the game’s first star, earned that honour in the overtime session when he had to make five big stops off Ottawa shooters but the 67s got the best of him in the shootout, with Tyler Boucher scoring the winner.

With the point Oshawa still leads Ottawa by two and hold one game in hand. The Generals have seven games remaining; Ottawa has six.

Next up for Oshawa is a date in Hamilton against the league-leading Bulldogs Thursday night.

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