Domenico Commisso broke a 1-1 tie at the 10:50 mark of the third period and it proved to be the game winner, as the Oshawa Generals (5-4-2-0) skated to a 2-1 win over the Kitchener Rangers (7-5-1-0) in front of 4,302 fans at the Tribute Communities Centre on Saturday night.
Adam Mascherin was the lone goal scorer for the Rangers, notching his sixth goal of the season in the second period.
Luke Richardson (1-4-1-0) was saddled with the loss in goal for Kitchener, surrendering a pair of goals on 23 Generals shots.
Kyle Keyser (4-2-1-0) picked up the win, making 18 saves.
With just under five minutes remaining in the first period of play and the game still scoreless, Rangers defenceman Giovanni Vallati was assessed a five-minute major for checking to the head and a game misconduct.
Kitchener would be left with just five defenceman to play the remainder of the game, but were successful in killing off the major infraction.
After 20 minutes of play the Rangers and Generals remained deadlocked at 0-0. Shots were 9-5 Oshawa in the opening frame.
The Generals would take a 1-0 lead on a wraparound goal by Renars Krastenburgs after the Blueshirts were unable to clear after a turnover in their own end. The goal came unassisted at 12:21 of the second period.
The Rangers would answer back before the period was out however, as the puck was held in at the line in the offensive zone by Ajax native Kyle Gentles, then subsequently tipped in by Mascherin at 16:11, tying the game 1-1.
Oshawa led on the shot clock, 14-13, through 40 minutes.
Oshawa captain Jack Studnicka was whistled for holding behind the net in the Generals zone and the Rangers were awarded their fourth man advantage of the game, but the hosts would kill it off. Seconds after Studnicka came out of the box it was Commisso on a breakaway attempt who restored the Generals lead. Studnicka earned the lone assist on the eventual game winner at 9:10 of the third.
Kitchener pulled Richardson in favour of an extra attacker in an attempt to tie the game with just over 30 seconds to play, but to no avail as the Generals held on for the win.
Final shots on goal favoured Oshawa, 23-19.
The Rangers and Generals would each finish the game 0-for-5 on the power play.
Logan Stanley, Adam Mascherin, and Cole Carter each wore an “A” and skated as alternates to Rangers’ captain Bunnaman.
Prior to the game the Generals retired the number 22 in honour of former player, Tony Tanti (1980-83).
The Blueshirts are back in action next Friday, October 27th when they host the Owen Sound Attack at 7:30pm.
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