- Created: 13 October 2006
The Eugene Generals (5-4) defeated the Tri-City Titans (3-7) in a jaw dropping overtime thriller. Tonight’s game marked the second time in a week that the Generals had entered into the overtime period. This time, however, the Generals were able to prevail, and were able to pull above .500. Trent McKee was the hero for the Generals tonight after he floated a shot from the point between the legs of the screened Titans goaltender. That goal marked McKee’s second goal of the season, and by far the biggest of his young Junior hockey career.
“We’re glad to get the two points,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly stated. “We started off slow, but worked our way back and were able to come out with the win in the end. We always tell the boys to throw the puck in the net, and that goes double for overtime. I’m sure that was in Trent’s mind when he shot. Even though it wasn’t the hardest shot in the world it was on the money, and I’ll take a slow goal over a rocket that misses any day.”
The Generals were trailing 3-2 with 45 seconds left in the game when they pulled their goalie, Dylan Woodring. The Generals were controlling play, and were given an opportunity to knot the score when Lucas Romero was awarded a penalty shot after Josh Heinen threw his stick. Romero was unable to capitalize, however, and it looked as if the Generals would once again fall below .500. That was not the case. The Generals kept on pushing, and with 9 seconds left in the game Ben Tikka and Ryan Schank assisted Michael Frei for the game tying goal. The Generals were exstatic. They showed more emotion after that goal than they did when Steven Slattery put one in with 4 seconds left against the Puget Sound Tomahawks one week ago. When the puck dropped in overtime the Generals controlled the play, and didn’t let up until they had the victory.
The unsung hero of the game was Generals goalie Dylan Woodring. Woodring faced 44 shots, and was able to stop 41 of them. He did what all great goalies do, and was able to stop every shot he could have and some that he shouldn’t. Woodring didn’t have a chance on any of the Titans goals, but made several incredible saves in very crucial moments of the game. Justin Adams was able to tally his first goal of the season, and Ryan Schank scored his fifth of the season.
The Generals will face the Tri-City Titans tomorrow night at 7:35 at Lane Events Center-Ice. The game will be broadcast on GiTV. For more information on upcoming games or GiTV please visit www.eugenegenerals.com.
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Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals