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Things are getting very tight for the Oshawa Generals -- now losers of seven straight games thanks to a 6-0 drubbing in Mississauga on Friday night....
The Generals loss, combined with a shootout loss for Niagara in Kingston gives Oshawa a tentative two point lead over the IceDogs (45 points). Niagara picked up a crucial 3-1 win over the Generals on Thursday night to close the gap.
"They're right on our heels and that was definitely a big game for us to win (on Thursday) which we lost," said Oshawa defenceman Scott Valentine. "That puts them two points closer to us and again they picked up a point tonight and we clearly didn't so that's another point closer."
The Gens are tied with Sudbury for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (47 points) but the Wolves have a game in hand.
Oshawa is also 2-8 in their last 10 games and could only muster two goals in their last three games.
"We're having a tough time putting it together offensively right now, we only have two goals in the last three games and that's not going to win you any hockey games," said Valentine after the game.
Offence aside, the Generals were having all kinds of problems skating with the Majors on Friday. Goalie Michael Zador was pulled after giving up the fifth goal in the second period -- essentially a breakaway after Tim Billingsley found Dustin Ekleman with a pass just as he was coming out of the penalty box. Ekleman went five hole for his ninth goal of the season.
"It's hard to isolate the problem," said the sixth-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks. "Sometimes it just doesn't go your way, the bounces here or there, we're not playing the right game sometimes -- I mean we'll start off with a good 20 minutes, but then in the next 20 minutes we'll go into our slump again and they'll pop two or three (goals) in (our net). It's been like that the past little while, we have to start putting in a full 60 minutes to have a chance here."
Next up for the Generals are the Brampton Battalion on Monday. The Battalion are holding sixth place in the Conference and have a three point lead over both the Wolves and Gens.
"It's going to be massive, we can't afford to lose that game," said Valentine of the Family Day showdown with the Battalion. "We have a tough month ahead of us with two (games) against Barrie, one against Mississauga, one against Kitchener and those are tough games, it's going to be hard."
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