Tuesday Highlights: Generals, Rangers ring in the New Year with wins
OSHAWA 5, KINGSTON 2
Overage winger Anthony Salinitri (23, 24, 25) scored his league-leading seventh shorthanded goal of the season as part of a hat-trick performance to lead the Oshawa Generals past visiting Kingston 5-2. Salinitri scored twice in the first period and completed the trio midway through the third as the Generals outshot the Frontenacs 35-23. Kyle MacLean (10) and Allan McShane (14) also scored for Oshawa while Serron Noel had three assists and defender Matt Brassard picked up two. Aidan Hughes made 21 saves for the win, surrendering Kingston goals by defencemen Adrien Beraldo (2) and Jacob Murray (2). The Generals improve to 22-13-2-0 while Kingston falls to 11-25-1-0. Oshawa has won three of four against Kingston this season.
KITCHENER 3, PETERBOROUGH 1
2019 NHL Draft prospect Hunter Jones stood tall, turning aside 43 shots but the Peterborough Petes couldn’t match the Kitchener Rangers who captured a 3-1 win on home ice. After Chris Paquette (15) put the Petes up 1-0 just 19 seconds into the first period, Kitchener’s Donovan Sebrango (2), Greg Meireles (15) and Ryan Stepien (3) responded with three unanswered. The Rangers outshot the Petes 46-25 and went 2-for-6 on the power play while not allowing Peterborough’s man advantage any opportunities on the afternoon. Luke Richardson stopped 24 of 25 for the win as the Rangers won their third straight, improving to 16-17-3-0. Peterborough falls to 20-16-0-0, losing their fifth straight road game in the process.