- Created: 12 January 2019
The Eugene Generals last pair of wins came against the Seattle Jr. Thunderbirds, who were back at The Rink Exchange on Saturday night seeking retribution after being swept at the hands of the Gens in December. It was a new series but same story, however, as the Generals (7-15-0-1) defeated the Jr. Thunderbirds, 9-3, to take the front-end of the weekend series.
Eugene defeated Seattle 6-0 and 9-2 in the first two meetings between the teams. The pair of Gens wins were headlined by a four-goal performance by Cody Arbelovsky in the series opener and hat trick from Jared Coday in the series finale.
On Saturday night, it was Dakota Henn who led the way, scoring the first two goals of the night for the Generals and finishing with the hat trick to lead Eugene to a convincing win.
Both teams combined for 12 goals on the night, but it didn’t come without a low-scoring opening period. Seattle took the first lead of the game, scoring on the power play to take a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period.
Eugene controlled the puck for much of the first period, but Seattle looked poised to close the first period with a 1-0 lead. That wouldn’t be the case, though, as Henn went coast-to-coast and found the back of the net to even the score at one.
The first intermission didn’t cool off Henn. Just over two minutes into the second period, Henn sniped one past Seattle’s Teddy Fischer to give Eugene a 2-1 lead.
Henn’s tenth goal of the season opened up the scoring floodgate in the second period. The Gens first lead of the night didn’t last long, with the Jr. Thunderbirds evening the score at two with 13:06 remaining in the second.
With the score knotted at two, Henn’s offense finally translated to his Gens teammates. With just over nine minutes remaining in the period, Coday scored his team-high eighteenth goal of the season to put Eugene back ahead, 3-2. Alex Clark then kept the momentum on the Generals side, finding the back of the net to give Eugene a 4-2 lead.
Seattle hung around, however, following up Clark’s goal with one of their own to cut the deficit back to one goal, 4-3. The Generals didn’t let their lead slip, though, with Hunter Boivin and Jackson Baughman scoring back-to-back to give Eugene a 6-3 lead entering the third period.
Hungry for their first win of the calendar year, Eugene kept their foot on the gas in the final period. Justyn Bayliffe increased the Gens lead to 7-3 to start the third period.
With eight minutes remaining in the third, Eugene went on a 5-on-3 power play, and all eyes shifted to hat trick watch for Henn. The Gens defenseman delivered, scoring on the power play for his third goal of the night to give Eugene an 8-3 lead.
Baughman added his second goal of the night shortly after to give Eugene a 9-3 lead, which ended up as the final score. The Gens put 41 shots on net in a strong offensive showing. Skyler Larsen got the start in net and delivered, saving 14 of 17 shots to improve his record to 4-2 on the season.
The Generals will look to complete the series sweep on Sunday morning at The Rink Exchange, with the puck dropping at 9:45 am PST. Prior to the game, Gens fans are encouraged to show up at 9:00 am for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast!