OSHAWA -- It's one of the greatest rivalries in the Ontario Hockey League -- the Oshawa Generals and the Peterborough Petes.
Oshawa and Peterborough are iconic OHL franchises with a long running and often times, bitter feud.
But the Generals and the Petes had something in common as the Generals played host to their long-time rivals in their OHL home opener last night at the General Motors Centre -- both teams are trying to reclaim lost glory after disappointing seasons last year.
Last night, it was the Petes who drew first blood in the season's series as they scored three goals 1:22 apart late in the second period to score a 6-4 comeback win over the Generals.
Alain Berger, Tony DeHart, John Padulo and Jeff Hayes scored for the Generals, who squandered early 2-0 and 4-2 leads.
Zach Tatrn, Matt Puempel, Pat Daley, David Quesnele, Baron Smith and Ryan Spooner scored for the Petes.
Jason Missiaen made 40 saves for the Petes.
Both teams still clearly are in rebuilding mode, but optimism abounds.
"We're excited about this team's future and the present,'' Oshawa general manager/coach Chris DePiero said.
"We're building a team that ultimately we want to contend for a championship and that takes time, but we believe we're headed in the right direction."
Peterborough Coach Ken McRae also is optimistic about his club's chances for a comeback season.
"We're kind of in the same boat as they (Generals) are, we were a really young team last year and we're trying to get better," McRae said. "We feel we're in a position where we'll be able to push forward and build a bit off of last year, and then have a good number of players around in another year to be even better."
BULLS 3, BATTALION 1
In Brampton, Brett Mackie scored in the third period as the Belleville Bulls beat the Brampton Battalion.
Mackie took advantage of a puck handling miscue by Battalion goaltender Patrick Killeen behind his net to break a 1-1 tie at 5:52 in the third.
KNIGHTS 3, MAJORS 0
In London, Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves and the Knights got goals from Tucker Hunter, Zac Rinaldo and Michael D'Orazio as London downed the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.