Clint Windsor stopped 46 shots, but it wasn't enough as the Ottawa 67's fell 4-1 to the Oshawa Generals Friday night.
It was not the start the 67's were hoping for. After what appeared to be a harmless cycle around the boards, Scott Sabourin picked up the puck in the corner and skated straight to the net squeaking the puck past Windsor to give the Generals a 1-0 lead only 17 seconds into the game.
Rookie centerman, Michael Dal Colle was the lone goal scorer in the second period. From an early goal to a late goal, Dal Colle was right on the door step and was able to tap the puck into the open cage in the last second of the period.
The Generals dominated the first two periods peppering Windsor with a total of 37 shots. Windsor stood tall stopping 35 of those shots. Meanwhile, Ken Appleby stopped all 8 67's shots fired his way.
Down but not out, the 67's found their legs in the final frame. A bad pinch by the Oshawa defender allowed Salituro to bring the puck into the Oshawa zone. After making two big saves, Appleby had trouble controlling his rebounds and Salituro capitalized. The 67's cut the lead in half with just under 19 minutes left in the game.
That celebration was short lived. Less than 40 seconds later, the Generals would restore their two goal lead. Blue Jackets prospect, Boone Jenner notched his 36th goal of the season after a shot from the faceoff circle hit a skate out front and in over the shoulder of Windsor.
Despite the difference in the standings, there was no love lost between these two clubs. Tempers continued to run high throughout the game and both teams got into a lot of penalty trouble. Ottawa was unable to capitalize on their 7 powerplay opportunities. Oshawa was only a little more successful scoring once with 10 man advantages.
Jenner would be the lone powerplay goal scorer. He scored again midway through the third to round out the scoring and lead his Oshawa Generals to a 4-1 win over the visiting Ottawa 67's.
The 67's extend their losing streak to 6 games and remain 8 points back of Erie for the potential Sean-Day-Sweepstakes.
The road doesn't get better this weekend as they host the first-in-East Belleville Bulls on Sunday at 2pm.