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Spartans End Losing Streak to Generals

Eugene, OR - The Eugene Generals (2-2) dropped its home opener to the Southern Oregon Spartans (2-2) on Friday losing 5-3. The Spartans ended their 25 game losing streak to the Generals.

The Generals scored the first goal during a powerplay when Jordan Blake-Jones shot a bouncing puck that found the back of the net. Four minutes later the Generals were on another powerplay when Christian Merritt scored, assisted by Ryan McDonald and Justin Gregory.

Southern Oregon's Dane Irving retaliated a few minutes later with a goal of his own to enter the first intermission with a Generals 2-1 lead. Southern Oregon started to show how they are a different team this year. Ian Redlinger scored the lone goal in the second period when he broke out and scored a shorthanded goal, assisted by Tim Munoz.

The Spartans scored two quick goals in the first half of the the period. Casey Skolnik and Greg Evans scored goals on the powerplay. Generals showed hoped when Patrick Moodie scored off a rebound. The Spartans responded with an unassisted goal by Ian Redlinger for his second on the night.

"Southern Oregon is very good squad and they deserved the win tonight. Our team play was not very strong tonight and we did not play disciplined hockey. Too much individual effort and not enough puck movement," Coach Kennedy said after the game. "When we trusted each other and moved the puck we created some good opportunities but unfortunately those moments were very limited."

Coach Kennedy was happy with the way Matt Bartels played in net.

"Matt Bartels played great and held us in the game as it could have been 10-2," Coach said. "The boys will bounce back and the season is very young so while I'm disappointed in our play tonight, I'm not discouraged in our ability to be a top team. We will get better!"

The Generals will travel for the rest of the weekend going to River City on Saturday and will have a rematch against Southern Oregon Sunday. Both games will not be aired on EGHN.

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For more information:
Daniel Bell, Public Relations, Eugene Generals
541-359-4154 (office)
619-316-4447 (cell)