Rookie Calum Ritchie had one goal and two assists, while captain Ty Tullio added three assists to help the Oshawa Generals pick up their third preseason win by a score of 5-4 over the Windsor Spitfires.
Daniel Michaud scored twice, while Brett Harrison, Calum Ritchie, and Ryan Stepien each scored one for the Generals. Oliver Peer, Kyle McDonald, Grayson Ladd, and Daniel D’Amico were the goal scorers for Windsor.
Oshawa came out of the gate flying in the first period, creating multiple chances on the rush. Eventually, Harrison was able to bank a pass off a Windsor defenceman and past goaltender Xavier Medina.
Only 27 seconds later, it was Dawson McKinney with some great forechecking work to dig the puck free and feed Ritchie in the slot for a beautiful goal. That goal was Ritchie’s third goal of the preseason.
Then the two teams traded powerplay goals. First, it was Windsor with a pretty passing play around the net with Peer tipping home the goal. Oshawa then responded on their powerplay a few minutes later, with Michaud banging home a rebound at the side of the net to make it a 3-1 game heading into the first intermission.
Windsor made a strong pushback in the second, which led to two goals by them to tie the game. First, Grayson Ladd made a solid pass to Kyle McDonald, who sniped home the one-timer. Then, it was Ladd who skated into the Generals zone and fired a rocket of a shot over the blocker side to tie the game 3-3.
In the final period, Ryan Stepien was able to break the deadlock with an excellent shot that beat Medina to make it 4-3.
The game then got a little chippy, and the Generals were awarded a powerplay with just under three minutes left in the game. Daniel Michaud scored his second goal of the preseason to extend Oshawa’s lead to 5-3 with 1:32 remaining in the game.
Windsor was able to get one back late on a nice deke to the backhand in the slot by D’Amico to make it 5-4 with 36 seconds remaining. Despite a bit of a scramble in Oshawa’s zone right near the final buzzer, the Generals were able to hold on for a 5-4 victory.
Goaltender Carter Bickle picked up the win after coming in half way through the second period, replacing Zachary Paputsakis. Bickle stopped five of six shots, including some crucial saves late in the third period.
This victory moves them to 3-2 on the preseason with only one game remaining. That final preseason game is on Sunday in Windsor, with puck drop scheduled for 4:05 PM.