- Created: 25 February 2006
The Eugene Generals took a 1-0 series lead tonight in a 6-2 win over the Tri-City Titans at Lane Events Center-Ice. The Generals battled the Titans the entire game, and were finally able to break free in the third period to put the Titans down for the count. “The team went out on the ice tonight and played 60 minutes of solid hockey,” Generals Head Coach Robert Freeland stated. “When you play hard for the entire game the puck starts to bounce in your direction a little more.”
The Generals came out of the gate gunning, but couldn’t find a way past the Titans outstanding goaltender, Tim Potter. The Generals and Titans were deadlocked in the first period 0-0, but play was mostly dominated by the Generals. Potter held his ground, however, and made some phenomenal saves to keep Tri-City in the game. The Titans started off the scoring in the second period with a power play goal 7:28 into the period. The Generals would answer 15:48 into the period with a power play goal of their own when Joe Myers and Brad Meyers assisted Cameron Zimick. The period would end a 1-1 tie, but the scoring in the game had just begun.
Ben Tikka gave the Generals their first lead of the game 0:51 into the third period with an unassisted goal. Tri-City would not back down as they scored a 6:01 into the period to tie the game at 2-2. That would be the end of the scoring for the Titans, and the Generals would rattle off four more. Lucas Romero was assisted by Kris Kranzky three minutes later to give the Generals the lead that they would never relinquish. Matt Vasilie gave the Generals a two goal lead just 38 seconds later when Alex Ironside assisted him for the Generals fourth goal. Kris Kranzky would cushion the Generals lead further when Tyler MacMillan and Scot Onken assited him 13:25 into the third. Ryan Schank assisted Ben Tikka 15:21 into the period for the Generals sixth, and final, goal of the game.
After two periods of the game it seemed to be a duel of the goalies. Generals goalie Spencer Alvarez saved 28 of 30 shots he faced in the game, and Tim Potter saved 33 of 34 before the Generals piled on 4 goals in the third. Potter still was making outstanding saves deep into the third period, and when the final second ran off the clock he had saved 46 of the 52 shots he faced. The Generals will face Potter and the rest of the Titans tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM at Lane Events Center-Ice for the second game of the NOR-PAC Western Division Finals.
The Generals game tomorrow will be broadcast on GiTV on www.eugenegenerals.com. For more information on upcoming games please visit www.eugenegenerals.com.
For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals