The Oshawa Generals defeated the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 on Tuesday night at the MasterCard Memorial Cup in a tightly played defensive battle that dropped the Rockets to 1-and-2 through the round robin portion of the tournament.
The Rockets remain in the hunt for the Memorial Cup and will either play in a tie-breaker game on Thursday or the semi-final on Friday, depending on the results of the tournament’s final round robin game Wednesday between the Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic.
The Generals, at 3-and-0, advanced to the tournament final.
After opening the tournament with two back and forth games, the Rockets and Generals squared off in a close checking battle that featured great goaltending at both ends of the ice.
Jackson Whistle made numerous saves to keep the game close, stopping a breakaway in the third period with the Rockets trailing by one. Oshawa outshot the Rockets 29-21, however Kelowna was coming on in the third period, putting 11 shots on net.
Gage Quinney scored the lone goal for the Rockets, who fell behind 2-0 in the second period, before Quinney’s fourth of the tournament cut the lead in half.
Despite a late 5-on-3 power play in the game’s closing minutes, the Rockets couldn’t muster the tying goal.
Kelowna is off on Wednesday and will await the results of the Quebec and Rimouski game on Wednesday to confirm the rest of the schedule.