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Kea scores twice as the Spirit beat the Generals 3-2

Friday, 10.26.2012 / 11:04 PM / News

The Canadian Press

OSHAWA, Ont. - Justin Kea scored twice, including the winner short-handed, as the Saginaw Spirit defeated the Oshawa Generals 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League play.

Eric Locke opened the scoring for the Spirit (5-7-2) and also earned an assist on Kea's first goal, which made the score 2-0 in the second period.

Defencemen Colin Suellentrop and Matt Petgrave scored power-play goals for Generals (9-5-1) and Boone Jenner and Cole Cassels each had two assists.

Jake Paterson was named the first star after making 40 stops for the win as Daniel Altshuller made 26 saves in defeat.

Saginaw went 0-for-2 on the power play while Oshawa went 2-for-6.

The Generals were playing without two key forwards in Lucas Lessio, who will miss up to three months after surgery to repair tendon damage in his hand, and Scott Laughton, who was suspended 10 games for a head check to Daniel Walsh of the Ottawa 67's on Wednesday.

Hunter Smith is also out after being cut by a skate last Sunday against the Plymouth Whalers.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round