- Created: 10 December 2015
The Eugene Generals (12-9-0-0) ended the Wenatchee Wolves’ (19-1-0-0) bid for an undefeated season, winning 2-1 Thursday night at the Rink Exchange.
Generals Head Coach Justin Kern celebrated his birthday in style, as his team became the first to defeat the Wolves in the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL) this season.
“We knew we had to play a complete game tonight against a great Wenatchee team and this is the first time we played a full sixty minutes in any game this year,” acknowledged Kern. “It felt really great to get that win and give them their first loss.”
Despite being outshot 52- 26, the Generals kept the league’s highest scoring offense in check, which Assistant Coach Daniel Gomez credited to “outstanding shot-blocking” and a “goalie with a monster of a game.”
That goalie, third-year veteran Chris Pritchard, had his best career game in net Thursday night, stopping 51 of 52 shots to help his team to their second straight victory. In the third period alone, Pritchard recorded 24 saves to prevent Wenatchee from tying the game.
Cody Arbelovsky provided the first score of the night when he lit the lamp 12:35 into the first period. Baxter Cox had the assist on the play.
In the second period, Buddy Dale took advantage of a deflection and scored his first goal of the game at 1:39. Tom Ignatovich responded with a goal for Wenatchee two minutes later at 3:41, but thanks to Pritchard, that would be all for the Wolves.
As the Wolves attempted shot after shot in the final twenty minutes, the Generals would not let up on defense, holding Wenatchee to their lowest-goal total of the season.
The Generals will have their last two games before the Christmas break next weekend when they host the Seattle Ravens on December 18th and 19th. Tickets are available online at eugenegenerals.com.
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