- Created: 22 September 2018
The Eugene Generals (1-1-0) suffered an 8-7 loss to the Western Washington Vikings on Saturday night at the Bellingham Sportsplex in Bellingham, Washington.
After netting a thrilling 4-3 shootout win the night prior, the Generals returned to the Bellingham Sportsplex on Saturday looking for the sweep over the Vikings after WWU swept both two-game series between the two teams last season.
It appeared the Generals were well on their way to earning the sweep after Saturday's first period where Eugene carried a 3-1 lead into the break thanks to goals by Alex Clark, Dakota Henn, and Nathan Leach. Jared Coday netted his second goal in as many games with just 11 seconds off of the clock in the second period to make it a 4-1 game, but the Vikings responded with two goals in a four minute span to cut Eugene's lead to 4-3 midway through the period.
Generals forward Hunter Boivin netted his first career junior hockey goal at the 6:32 mark of the second period to stretch Eugene's lead back to two, but WWU's Alex Stoneham responded just 90 seconds later to make it a 5-4 game, a score that carried into the third period.
The game's final twenty minutes saw each side trade goals numerous times, first with Saren Calley who tied the game at 5-5 only 41 seconds into the third. Cody Arbelovsky regained Eugene's lead just 58 seconds after Calley's tally, but WWU responded again 74 seconds later to tie the game at 6-6. Dakota Henn responded with his second goal of the night just 34 second later, but the Vikings again tied the game at the 13:32 mark of the third period thanks to Keats Montrose.
With only 3:59 remaining in the third period, WWU's Mark MacDonald scored his second goal of the game to put the Vikings ahead, 8-7, for the first time of the game, and that proved to be the game-winner as Western Washington held on for the 8-7 win.
Penalties plagued the Generals all night long as Eugene took 14 penalties for 28 PIMs compared to just 5 penalties for 10 PIMs for the Vikings, highlighted by a stretch that saw the Gens take eight consecutive penalties between the second and third periods.
Saturday's game marked the sixth time in as many meetings between the Generals and Vikings that the game was decided by two goals or less.
The Generals now return to the Emerald Valley to prepare for the season's first action on home ice, a two-game 'home-and-home' series against the University of Oregon at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon. As The Rink Exchange serves as the home facility for both teams, the Ducks will be the 'home' team for Friday night's game while the Gens will serve as the 'home' team for Saturday night's game. Tickets to Saturday's game are available now at EugeneGenerals.com.
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