Gens Run Out Of Gas In Showcase Finale
The Eugene Generals suffered a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Boston Bandits on Monday morning in the Elite League finale of the USPHL Winter Showcase in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Facing off against the Bandits for the second time this season (November 12, 2017 / 2-1 win for Eugene), the Monday matchup served as Eugene’s fifth game over a 52-hour span. Meanwhile the Bandits entered the game with a 3-0-0 record at the USPHL Winter Showcase while also having enjoyed a full day off on Sunday.
Both sides failed to capitalize on a handful of quality chances in the game’s opening minutes, but the Bandits broke through at the 15:51 mark when Wyatt Mattfeldt snuck a loose puck in the slot past Generals goaltender Jamie Frantz to put Boston ahead, 1-0, and Noah Clark made it 2-0 in favor of the Bandits at the 18:45 mark.
Just 105 seconds after Noah Clark’s tally, Generals forward Alex Clark cut Eugene’s deficit back to one after cutting across the slot and firing a deceptive shot against the grain of Bandits goaltender Jack Walsh’s movement to net his 5th goal of the weekend, but Boston still carried a one-goal advantage into the intermission.
It took only fifteen seconds of second period play for the Bandits to regain their two-goal cushion thanks to Hunter Dabaneh, and Boston made it 4-1 almost four minutes later when recent addition Tristan Glass scored his second goal of the weekend.
Calvin Hennon quickly responded for the Generals at the 18:57 mark with his first goal of the weekend and 4th overall on the season, but signs of fatigue finally started to show in the waning minutes of the game as Eugene’s attack couldn’t muster another goal while Boston added a late power play goal with 1:16 left to seal a 5-2 win for the Bandits.
Despite taking the loss, Generals goaltender Jamie Frantz put forth another good performance in net stopping 38 of 43 shots faced, a good number of which were high-quality chances for the Bandits.
“We knew the Bandits would be a very tough opponent having faced them in the past, and today they ended up having a little bit more gas in the tank,” said Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. “Still, it was a good performance by our boys considering it was their fifth game in such a small timespan. I’m very proud of how they played over the five games here in Massachusetts. They were five well played ‘team’ games where we played consistently and did things the right way.”
The Generals finished their run at the USPHL Winter Showcase with a 3-2-0 record, including shutout wins over the Syracuse Stars (4-0: Box Score) and Jersey Shore Whalers (3-0: Box Score) as well as with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over the Beijing Shougang Eagles (5-3: Box Score). Eugene now holds a 7-7-0 overall record in USPHL play (Note: that record does not include a 2-1 win over the Florida Eels in an exhibition game played during the Chicago Showcase).
The Generals now return home to resume Northwest play, starting with a two-game series against the Everett Jr. Silvertips to be played on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30pm at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon. Tickets are available in advance at EugeneGenerals.com or in-person immediately before each home game at the Eugene Generals Box Office, located at The Rink Exchange.
Find a full photo album from Monday's game vs. Boston below: