As John Tavares struggles, so do the Oshawa Generals.
Tavares was held off the scoresheet and Tyler Murovich had a goal and two assists as the Saginaw Spirit beat the Oshawa Generals 5-1 Saturday in the Ontario Hockey League. Chris Chappell and Kyle Bochek tallied a goal and an assist each, while Jakub Svoboda and Adam Comrie rounded out the scoring for Saginaw (9-6-0-0).
Tavares, the consensus top pick for the 2009 NHL entry draft heading into this season, has not found the net in the past three games. He is now third in OHL scoring with 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists), behind Ryan Ellis and Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires.
The Generals have only won once in their past six games. They face the league-leading Spitfires in Windsor on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Belleville 4, Owen Sound 1; Brampton 4, Peterborough 3 (SO); Guelph 3, Mississauga 1; Niagara 3, Barrie 2; Plymouth 6, Kitchener 2; Sarnia 5, London 0; and Sudbury 5, Erie 1.
At Saginaw, Mich., Bret Parnham scored the lone Oshawa (7-8-0-1) goal in the first period with an assist from Calvin De Haan and Michael Del Zotto.
Spirit goaltender Edward Pasquale stopped 47 shots and added a rarity with two assists, while Kevin Bailie made 25 saves for the Generals.
Bulls 4, Attack 1
At Belleville, Ont., Bryan Cameron scored a pair of power-play goals as the Bulls downed Owen Sound.
The Bulls (10-5-1-1) were 3-for-7 on the power play, with Shawn LaLonde notching the other man-advantage marker. Spencer Anderson also scored and P.K. Subban added three assists for Belleville.
David Kolomatis was the only goal-scorer for the Attack (6-6-2-1).
Battalion 4, Petes 3 (SO)
At Peterborough, Ont., Cody Hodgson set up the tying goal and scored the only marker in the shootout to lift Brampton over the Petes.
Hodgson had two assists in regulation, setting up Thomas Stajan's first-period goal and Sam Carrick's third-period power-play marker, which tied the score 3-3. Josh Shalla also scored for Brampton (9-6-0-0).
Yves Bastien, Zack Kassian and Zach Hamden replied for the Petes (7-10-0-1).
Storm 3, Majors 1
At Mississauga, Ont., Luke Pither and J.P. Labardo scored less than three minutes apart early in the third period to give Guelph the victory over the St. Michael's Majors.
Brandon Buck sealed the win for the Storm (11-6-0-1) with an empty-netter.
Mike Pelech gave Mississauga (7-7-0-0) a 1-0 lead early in the first period on the power play.
IceDogs 3, Colts 2
At Barrie, Ont., Mathew Sisca's goal with two seconds remaining in the second period ended up being the game-winner as Niagara fended off a third-period rally by the Colts.
Alex Friesen and Chris DeSousa scored the other goals for Niagara (6-8-1-4).
Alex Hutchings and Stefan Della Rovere each had a goal and an assist for Barrie (7-8-1-0).
Whalers 6, Rangers 2
At Plymouth, Mich., A.J. Jenks scored twice as the Whalers broke out with a four-goal second period and went on to defeat Kitchener.
Myles McCauley and Jan Latal each added their first OHL goals for Plymouth, while Jamie Devane and Joe Gaynor also scored for the Whalers (6-8-1-0).
Brandon Mashinter and Kevin Hudes scored for the Rangers (7-7-0-1).
Sting 5, Knights 0
At Sarnia, Ont., Dan Spence made 23 saves to record his first OHL shutout as the Sting blanked London.
Steve Ferry had a goal and two assists. Brett Appio scored two goals and Matt Martin and Michael Neal had one each for Sarnia (7-7-1-1).
Michael Zador stopped 30 shots in goal for the Knights (11-5-0-1).
Wolves 5, Otters 1
At Sudbury, Ont., Eric O'Dell scored 64 seconds into the first period and added an assist to pace the Wolves in a win over Erie.
Marcus Foligno, Tyler Sheldrake, John McFarland and Patrik Lusnak also scored for the Wolves (8-5-1-1), who are tied with the Brampton Battalion for first place in the Central Division.
Mike Cazzola had the lone goal for Erie (7-9-1-0).