Oshawa Generals snap losing streak in huge win over Kingston

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Published April 2, 2022 at 5:56 pm

Oskar Olausson #83 (Kalvin Taylor/Goodall Media Inc)

The Oshawa Generals finally figured out how to beat Shane Wright and his Kingston Frontenacs and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Generals, losers of three straight and 16 of the past 19 games, have watched their playoff situation go from assured to perilous in recent weeks and needed a win, big time, especially with the Ottawa 67s on a roll and only two points behind.

They got that victory Friday night in Kingston, a club that has beaten Oshawa in six straight, by holding Wright off the scoresheet to earn a 4-3 win. Patrick Leaver stood tall in the crease with 40 saves, including a huge left pad stop in overtime, the kids – rookies Jordyn Ertel and Calum Ritchie – took care of the early scoring and Boston Bruin draft pick Brett Harrison sent the game into overtime with the tying goal with less than two minutes to play in regulation.

How they kept Wright, who had torched the Gens for 23 points this season, at bay is something the Oshawa coaching tandem of Kurtis Foster and Mike Heddon will certainly be talking about, especially as the Frontenacs might end up being a first round playoff opponent.

Ottawa were also winners on the night to keep pace two points behind sixth place Oshawa with six games remaining. Oshawa is home to Kingston Sunday evening for a rematch in the final regular season game of the season for the two clubs.

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