- Created: 08 March 2017
It was too little, too late for the Eugene Generals on Wednesday morning as the Charlotte Rush took the opening game of pool play at the USPHL Beantown Spring Classic in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Playing in the first game of the tournament, the matchup featured two of the USP3HL's heavyweights as both teams surpassed the 70-point mark during the regular season, two of only four teams to do so.
The Generals and Rush skated to a scoreless first fourteen minutes, thanks in part to a flurry of saves from Eugene netminder Christopher Alexakis, but he was finally beaten at the 14:04 mark. Charlotte defenseman Kyle Prestis ripped a hard wrist shot from the top of the circle that snuck past Alexakis, who was screened by multiple bodies in front of the net, to give the Rush a 1-0 lead.
Two goals in a thirty six second second span quickly turned a narrow Rush lead into a three-goal advantage midway through the second period. Chandler Judd first lit the lamp after a redirect in front of the net, and Sky Swavely scored in the exact same fashion moments later to put Eugene in a three-goal deficit.
Three minutes later, the Rush lead was cut back to two as USP3-leading goal scorer Cody Arbelovsky converted a breakaway opportunity with the Generals shorthanded. With defenseman Logan Sanders aiming to rifle the puck out of Eugene's defensive zone, a fortunate bounce led to Arbelovsky's breakaway that was capped off with a composed finish through the legs of Charlotte goaltender Chris Aureliano.
In the third period, the Generals appeared to finally find their footing in front of Alexakis, but it wasn't enough as the Rush would pick up a 3-1 win in the opening game of pool play. Generals goaltender Christopher Alexakis finished the game with 38 saves on 41 shots faced.
The Generals have two more pool play games left on the schedule, as shown below:
|Wednesday, March 8th||vs. Florida Jr. Blades||6:00pm EST|
|Thursday, March 9th||vs. Decatur Blaze||8:50am EST|
A watch party for tonight's game against the Florida Jr. Blades will be held at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon and is free for all to attend.