Knights upset in overtime

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:54 PM ET

So much for how a game is supposed to look on paper.

The Oshawa Generals and London Knights don't have the type of history that would lead anybody to believe that a game between the two would be on the verge of breaking out.

But last night at the John Labatt Centre, the Knights and Gens might have established a little history even though they only play each other twice during the season.

The end result saw a much-improved Generals team upset the Knights 3-2 in overtime. It was the Generals fifth win in their last six games.

John DeLory latched onto a puck that bounced over the stick of Knights Sam Gagner 1:29 into overtime. He whipped a high wrist shot past goalie Steve Mason for the win.

But it was the extra-curriculars that took centre stage.

Never a traditional rivalry, the Generals and Knights took it to a new level, thanks in large part to Oshawa's Cal Clutterbuck. In the opening minutes of the game, Knights defenceman Scott Aarssen nailed Clutterbuck with a check at centre ice.

A couple of minutes later, Clutterbuck came back and hit Aarssen inside the Generals blue-line.

Aarssen went down and stayed down. Clutterbuck earned a cross-checking penalty as Aarssen, in great pain, was helped off the ice with what appeared to be a shoulder or collarbone injury. He was taken to hospital.

Knights coach Dale Hunter was hot, believing Clutterbuck should have received more than a two-minute penalty.

"I couldn't see it from where I was, but I saw the replay and it was hitting from behind," Hunter said. "It hurt him."

At 12:20 of the period, Jordan Shine of the Knights decided to take matters into his own hands. He jumped Clutterbuck and began wailing away. By the time it was over, Shine had earned a minor, major, misconduct and game misconduct, leaving the Knights shorthanded for seven minutes.

"All the kids were upset," Hunter said. "It was only a two-minute penalty. If you can take out a team's best defenceman and only get a two-minute penalty, it's the best hit in hockey. You try and quiet the kids down, but there's a lot of emotions involved."

Clutterbuck made things lively during the powerplay when he sped along the Knights blue-line directly at the Knights bench before veering off.

It wasn't the last episode involving Clutterbuck. Later in the period as teammate Eric Regan was earning an interference penalty, Clutterbuck ran Pat Kane of the Knights into the boards and was hit with a charging penalty. In the second period, he earned a double minor for running into Mason and for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Knights Todd Perry earned a cross-checking penalty for hitting him while he was on the ice.

"It was a chippy game," Perry said. "We had lots of chances, but couldn't capitalize. Right now, we're worried about Scotty, he was really hurt."

Clutterbuck certainly distracted the Knights though.

"I don't know enough about him as a player," Knights captain Rob Drummond said. "But it was embarrassing."

The closeness of the game kept it from really erupting but referees Peter Kostyk and Darren Price had an difficult and inconsistent night.

Goalie Carlos DiRienzo made 43 saves for Oshawa.

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GAME GLANCE

Oshawa 3, London 2 (OT)

London goals: Rob Drummond, Pat Kane

Oshawa goals: Dale Mitchell, Brett MacLean, James DeLory

Next: The Kitchener Rangers are at the John Labatt Centre on Thursday at 7 p.m.


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