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Generals a Little Short against Fort Vancouver

The Eugene Generals (3-2) lost a heartbreaker 5-4 game tonight against the rival Fort Vancouver Pioneers (5-0). The Generals tried to rally from a two goal deficit late in the game, and almost did, but came up one goal short in the end. “We fought hard tonight, but the penalties killed us,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly stated. “If we want to win tomorrow we have to cut down on the penalty minutes.”

The Generals got the lead early when Michael Frei and Ryan Schank assisted Matt Vasilie for a shorthanded goal. After the shorthanded goal, the Generals looked as if they were off to the races, but Fort Vancouver struck back a minute and a half later. Erik Kroll got the lead back for the Generals early into the second period, but penalty minutes started to pile up and the Pioneers scored three unanswered goals in the second.

The Generals tried to fight back when Trent McKee and Michael Frei assisted Ben Tikka on the powerplay. Once again, Fort Vancouver was able to answer which put them up 5-3. That goal put the Pioneers up for good. Lucas Romero assisted Steven Slattery with three minutes left in the third, and the Generals almost put one in three times, but were unable to tie the game up.

The Generals will face Fort Vancouver again tomorrow night at Lane Events Center-Ice at 7:35 PM, and the battle should be just as ferocious as it was tonight. The game tomorrow will be broadcast on GiTV. For more information on GiTV or upcoming games please visit www.eugenegenerals.com.

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For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals
541-359-4154 (office)
541-680-6222 (cell)