- Created: 04 January 2019
The new year started on a sour note for the Eugene Generals (6-14-0-1) who were dealt a 2-0 defeat by the Portland Jr. Winterhawks (21-14-0-1) on Friday night at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon.
Playing in the first game of a two-game series, the Generals and Jr. Winterhawks took the ice Friday night in what was the first action for either team in the new year. The Generals entered the action aiming to avenge a two-game sweep suffered at the hands of the Jr. 'Hawks back in October.
The first period proved scoreless for both sides as Eugene and Portland traded chances but were unable to capitalize before the break.
In the second period, Portland broke the scoreless deadlock to take the game's first lead. With the Generals on the power play early in the second period, Portland's Bryce Miller pounced on a loose puck in the neutral zone and buried a breakaway opportunity to put the visiting Jr. 'Hawks ahead, 1-0, at the 18:01 mark.
Later in the second period, Miller struck again. After a frantic sequence that saw Eugene barely miss out on leveling the score, Miller cheekily deflected an outlet pass to himself to spring another breakaway, one that he would capitalize on to double Portland's lead at the 9:49 mark.
Eugene attempted to mount a comeback effort in the final twenty minutes, but Portland goaltender Luke Turley could not be beaten as he and the Jr. Winterhawks handed the Generals a 2-0 defeat.
Generals goaltender Carson Roisum stopped 35 of 37 shots faced in the losing effort.
Eugene will look to bounce back and capture a split of the two-game series on Saturday night when both teams face off once more. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30pm PST at The Rink Exchange.
Tickets to this tomorrow's game can be purchased online at EugeneGenerals.com or in-person at The Rink Exchange starting approximately one hour prior to game time. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $6 for seniors/students, and children under the age of five are free.
The Eugene Generals Hockey Network will provide a live, free stream of Saturday's games via YouTube Live. Remember to subscribe to the Eugene Generals on YouTube to stay up to date ahead of each EGHN broadcast.