OTTAWA - John Tavares scored two goals and added an assist to help the Oshawa Generals overcome a late deficit and leave Ottawa with a 5-3 victory over the 67's in Ontario Hockey League action Friday night.
Tavares, the league's scoring leader notched his 19th and 20th goals of season before setting up Ryan McGinnis for the winner after the Generals (12-5-0-1) trailed
3-2 with less than six minutes to play.
"There's no doubt he knows where the puck is and he's conscious of everyone on the ice. He is a special player," 67's coach and general manager Brian Kilrea said of Tavares.
Brett MacLean had an empty net goal and three assists and David Jarram also struck for Oshawa, which has won three straight. Daryl Borden finished with 41 saves.
Matthieu Methot, Thomas Kiriakou and Thomas Nesbitt replied for the 67's (7-9-0-2). Adam Courchaine made 33 saves.
During the first intermission, Tavares and Ottawa's Logan Couture met in a head-to-head shootout competition to raise money for the charities of their choice.
It was held in tribute to a similar one held between two of the league's top players in 1978 when Wayne Gretzky, then with the Soo Greyhounds, took on Ottawa's Bobby Smith.
Each of the players were scheduled to take five attempts at the other team's starting goaltender and Tavares, representing the Special Olympics Foundation, needed just four chances to outscore Couture, shooting for the Canadian Cancer Society, 3-1.
They'll do it again when the teams play Dec. 1 at Oshawa.
Both teams donated $1,000 to the winning charity and $500 to the losing one, plus the shirts off the players' backs, which will be auctioned off at a later date.