Oshawa Generals Edge Oceanic, Beat Remparts in OT

The Oshawa Generals, Ontario Hockey League team of Martin Brodeur’s son, Jeremy, are unbeaten in the 2015 Memorial Cup round robin tournament so far.

They opened the Canadian Hockey League championship on May 23 with a game against Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Rimouski Oceanic. Oshawa’s Tobias Lindberg opened the scoring just 4:07 into the first period off an assist from Michael McCarron when Lindberg put one in from the side of the crease. Roughly five minutes later, Michael Dal Colle scored from the high slot for Oshawa giving the Generals a 2-0 lead. Matt Mistele and Mitchell Vande Sompel had the assists on the goal.

Rimouski would score the next two as Tyler Boland scored from the slot at 15:26 of the first with Andrew Picco and Anthony Chapados getting the helpers. Less than a minute later, Alexis Loiseau tied things up when he jammed one in on the side of the net unassisted.

With the score tied 2-2 going into the second frame, the OHL champs looked to regain the upper hand. They did so when Stephen Desrocher scored at 18:33 with an assist to Cole Cassels to pull ahead 3-2.

The third period began with Oceanic tying things up once more when Jan Kostalek, from Christopher Clapperton and Frederik Gauthier, scored on the power play in the high slot, beating goaltender Ken Appleby. The stage was now set for a hectic finish. The game winner came off the stick of Oshawa’s Hunter Smith from nearly the same spot as Lindberg’s goal way back in the first period. The assist went to Bradley Latour.

The team returned to the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City on May 24 for a game against the host and QMJHL team Quebec Remparts. This game would also come down to the wire for the Generals, but this game would take almost a full extra period to play to finish things.

The Generals once again got the scoring started when Michael McCarron scored off assists to Vande Sompel and Dal Colle at 2:18 of the first period. About three minutes later at 5:43, Quebec’s Raphael Maheux scored on Appleby from the bottom of the right faceoff circle. The assists went to Anthony Duclair and Ryan Graves. Dal Colle finished out the scoring in the first when he put Oshawa ahead 2-1 with an assist from McCarron.

The game continued its back-and-forth nature when the Remparts tied things 2:45 into the second. Graves scored from just inside the blueline from Marc-Olivier Roy and Vladimir Tkachev.

There were two power play goals in the game, one for each team, and they both came in the third stanza. At 2:34 of the third, Dakota Mermis scored from almost the same place as Grave’s goal in the second to give the Generals a 3-2 lead. He got help from Lindberg and Desrocher. The first power play goal came just minutes later at 5:39 when Dmytro Timashov scored with the extra attacker from a bad angle at the goal line, from Roy and Nikolas Brouiliard. This tied the game at three.

Quebec would briefly take the lead in the third when Timashov got his second of the game at 8:48 from the bottom of the right faceoff circle. The assists went to Adam Erne and Kurt Etchegary. The Remparts kept the lead until Quebec took a penalty with about four minutes left in regulation. It was on this power play that Lindberg scored from Cassels and Dal Colle to tie the game.

Oshawa now had the momentum as the game headed into overtime, but it took almost the entire extra session to declare a winner. At 18:07, with about two minutes left, Desrocher scored the game winner from the left circle hash marks off an assist from Cassels. The Generals now had two wins in two games in the Memorial Cup tournament. Michael Dal Colle leads the team and all scorers in the Memorial Cup with four points.

Next up for Oshawa are the champions from the west, the Kelowna Rockets on May 26. Although Jeremy Brodeur has not gotten any playing time in the round robin yet, he is still a capable backup who, should the Generals win the Memorial Cup, could call himself a champion.

Oshawa Generals Advance to Memorial Cup with Devils Connection

The Oshawa Generals defeated Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters four games to one to advance out of the Ontario Hockey League into the 2015 Memorial Cup Championship. Although the Devils do not have a prospect playing for the Generals, they do have a connection to the team in the form of 18 year-old backup goaltender Jeremy Brodeur, son of all-time Devils and NHL great, Martin.

Oshawa will kick off their portion of the round robin tournament on Saturday, May 23 at 4:30 PM against Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion, the Rimouski Oceanic. They will then face host Quebec Remparts on Sunday, May 24 at 4:30 PM and the champions of the Western Hockey League, the Kelowna Rockets, on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 PM. All games will be played at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City. The 2015 Memorial Cup champions will be crowned on Sunday, May 31 in the Championship Final.

The Generals advanced to the Memorial Cup by defeating the Peterborough Petes and the Niagara IceDogs each four games to one and the North Bay Battalion four games to two in the OHL Playoffs before finally toppling the Otters in the OHL Championship series.

Jeremy Brodeur, one of Marty’s five kids and one of two of his kids to follow in his footsteps as a goaltender, made 19 appearances for the Generals this year, his first as a Junior. He had 46 goals against in 1,098 minutes played and 407 saves for a 2.51 goals against average. His save percentage was 0.898 and he went 12-4 with 2 overtime losses and no shootout losses or ties. He had three shutouts.

In the playoffs, he has appeared in seventeen minutes over two games with one goal against and one save. He has a 3.53 goals against average and a .500 save percentage. He has no decisions in the playoffs, making only relief appearances.

The native of Essex Fells, New Jersey is one of two players from the Garden State on the Generals roster, 20 year-old defenseman Chris Carlisle is a native of Fort Lee.

As the Oshawa Generals get ready to compete for the highest prize in Canadian Major Junior hockey, the Devils and the state of New Jersey will both be going along for the ride, if not literally, than at least in spirit.