Generals down Océanic in thrilling matinée


Hunter Smith’s game-winning goal midway through the third period insured the Oshawa Generals their first win of the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Michael Dal Colle, Tobias Lindberg and Stephen Desrocher rounded out the scoring for the J. Ross Robertson Cup champions guiding the Generals by the Rimouski Océanic 4-3.

Alexis Loiseau, Tyler Bolland and Jan Kostalek scored for the President’s Cup champion Océanic.

19-year-old goaltender Ken Appleby made 19 saves for his 17th win of the postseason and first victory of the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Dallas Stars’ prospect Philippe Desrosiers rebounded after a shaky first period stopping 33 of 37 Generals shots.

Lindberg opened the scoring five minutes into the game. The Ottawa Senators draft pick fired a quick shot by Derosiers off of a Michael McCarron face-off win.

The Generals increased their lead to two moments later. Dal Colle whipped a wrist shot by Desrosiers from 20-feet out giving Oshawa a two-goal cushion midway through the opening period.

After being dominated for the first 15 minutes, the Océanic answered back with consecutive goals in the final minutes of the period.

Bolland deflected a Matthew Picco point-shot by Appleby putting the Océanic on the board.

With under four minutes remaining in the opening period, Océanic captain Loiseau stripped the puck from a Generals defender before beating Appleby and knotting the score up at 2-2.

The second period was scoreless until Desroches fooled the Océanic goaltender with a quick point shot.

Rimouski erased the Generals lead for the second time on the afternoon early in the third period. Kostalek snapped a shot by a screened Appleby while the Océanic were on the power play.

The two teams were underwhelming with the man advantage. The Océanic finished 1-for-4 on the power play with the Generals went 0-for-5.

Smith finished the game’s scoring with a nifty individual effort. The towering forward pounced on his own rebound before beating Desrosiers for the eventual game-winning goal.

Of note, Océanic defenceman Samuel Morin – six-foot-seven – and Generals’ McCarron – six-foot-six – entertained the 8,409 in attendance to the tournament’s first fight.

With the win, the Generals join the host Québec Remparts atop the standings with a record of 1-0-0. The Océanic share last place with the WHL champion Kelowna Rockets.

The 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup continues tomorrow afternoon when the Remparts clash with the Generals at 4:30 p.m. EDT at the Pepsi Colisée.