- Created: 23 February 2010
Eugene, OR – The Eugene Generals (1-0) defeated the Tri-City Titans (0-1) 5-1 tonight at Lane Events Center-Ice for Game 1 of the best-of-five Pacific Division Semi-Final Series. This is the first win in the playoffs for the Generals since defeating the Titans in Game 2 of the 2008 Pacific Division Semi-Finals.
This is the third time the Generals have faced the Titans in the playoffs, with the Generals winning the 2006 Pacific Division Finals and the Titans coming away with the 2008 Pacific Division Semi-Finals. In both series the team who has won the first game has won the series.
“Tri-City played us pretty tough in the first two periods, but we were able to pull away in the third,” Generals head coach Jay Miller stated after the game. “We played great hockey in the third period, and we have to carry that over to tomorrow. This is a long series, and we still have a lot more work left to do.”
The Generals got on the board early with a power play goal scored by Eric Watters and assisted by Ryan McDonald and Blake Bishop 3:29 into the first period. The Titans would tie the game 8:13 into the second, but Christian Merritt assisted Ryan McDonald just seven seconds later to give the Generals the lead for good.
McDonald would get his second goal of the game 5:32 into the third when Brendan Weimer assisted him. The Generals would make it 4-1 when Tyler Poulsen assisted Sean Park 6:34 into the frame. The Generals would score their fifth and final goal 14:32 into the third when Neil Holder and Eric Watters assisted Brad Main.
The Generals will host the Titans tomorrow night at 7:35 PM for Game 2 of the series, and they will travel to Kennewick, WA on Thursday at 7:00 PM for Game 3. The game in Eugene will be broadcast on EGHN, and the game in Kennewick will be broadcast in audio only on EGHN. For more information on upcoming games or EGHN please visit eugenegenerals.com.
For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations, Eugene Generals