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Gross’s Hat Trick Propels Generals

Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)

The first big surprise of the 2019-2020 New York Rangers prospect season came from defenseman Nico Gross of the Oshawa Generals. The 2018 fourth-round pick recorded his first-ever OHL hat trick to lead his Oshawa Generals to a 5-1 win over the North Bay Battalion. Gross who had all of three goals last season equaled that in one game.

Gross got his first goal of the season off a nice “two-man” play with teammate Oliver Suni. Gross handed off the puck to Suni and then just stood at the right faceoff circle as Suni gave the puck back to a wide-open Gross. Gross would let go a blast from the spot which beat the Battalion’s goalie for the goal.

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The goal came just seconds after the Generals saw a power-play end at 14:09 of the first period and gave the Generals a 1-0 lead.

In the second with the Generals already up 2-1, Gross recorded his second goal of the game, this time a power-play goal. This time Gross snuck in from the left point and teammates Oliver Suni found him alone in front of the net. The goal at 15:24 put the Generals up 3-1.

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And for the hat trick goal, in the third Gross was the recipient of an unselfish teammate who passed up an empty net to get Gross the hat trick. Stick tap to Brett Harrison who had a wide-open net but gave the puck to Gross who scored into the empty net for the Generals fourth goal of the game.

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Nico Gross was named the game’s first star as his Generals improved to an OHL best 5-0. Gross finished the game 3-0-3 +2 on four shots an a minor for “delay of game”. The Generals are the last unbeaten team in the OHL and head to Hamilton for a Saturday game against the Hamilton Bulldogs.

In London, Hunter Skinner was scoreless on two shots with a +1 and a minor for holding as his London Knights shut out the Ottawa 67’s 3-0. The game wasn’t as close as the score shows as the Knights just dominated at both ends of the ice firing 47 shots on net while holding the 67’s to just 18 shots for the game. The Knights improved to 3-2 on the young season and will be off until next Friday.

Matthew Robertson was not in the Edmonton Oil Kings lineup as they took on the Winnipeg Ice in Winnipeg. No word as to why Robertson was not playing as he was in the lineup for Edmonton’s last game on Wednesday against Swift Current. Robertson was a -2 for that game but not a word anywhere regarding his status. I will update if I can find out anything.

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