OSHAWA, Ont. - A three-goal first period proved to be all the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds needed in a 3-2 Ontario Hockey League win over the Oshawa Generals on Sunday.
Corey Durocher scored two goals for the Greyhounds, one with less than a second remaining in the first, while Brandon Alderson also scored for the visitors in front of 3,502 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa.
Durocher got opened the scoring 4:04 into the first period, then added by pouncing on a rebound as the buzzer sounded at the end of the period. The play would be reviewed but it was determined that the puck crossed the line prior to time expiring.
From there the Greyhounds seemed content to sit back and protect the lead.
After outshooting the Generals 12-10 in the first period, Sault Ste. Marie managed just two shots on the Oshawa goal in the second and only another seven in the third for a total of 19 on Oshawa's Dan Altshuller.
Oshawa, meanwhile, fired 38 shots at Matt Murray , who collected the win for the Greyhounds (1-1).
Despite the return of New York Rangers prospect Christian Thomas, a 54-goal man last season, the Generals (1-1) struggled to convert on their opportunities most of the night.
Cody Payne had a first period goal, scoring on a rebound from the slot, while Sebastian Uvira one-timed home his first OHL goal in the third.
Oshawa was missing a trio of key players up front in captain and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner, out nursing a lower body injury, Nicklas Jensen, who is still at camp with the Vancouver Canucks and Lucas Lessio, serving the second of a two-game suspension.
Sault Ste. Marie was missing Toronto Maple Leafs prospect David Broll, who is still nursing an injury suffered during rookie camp.
The Greyhounds were 1-for-8 on the power play while Oshawa was held to one goal on 11 chances.
Oshawa will be back in action Friday at home to Belleville, while Sault Ste. Marie returns to the ice Friday as well, at home to Windsor.