- Created: 13 January 2017
The Eugene Generals (24-6-3, 51pts) lost in a shootout to the West Sound Warriors (3-29-1, 7pts) on Friday evening by a final score of 2-1 at the Bremerton Ice Center in Bremerton Washington.
Coming off of sweeping a two-game series against the Tri-City Outlaws in Eugene the weekend prior, the first place Generals aimed to maintain their 11-point lead atop the Pacific Division as they entered the weekend. Facing off against the Warriors for the seventh time this season, the Generals had won each of the previous six meetings while outscoring West Sound by a margin of 54-8.
It was a quick start for one of the USP3HL's best offenses as new addition Colton Symbol opened the scoring less than one minute into the game. Symbol, who had been acquired from the Tri-City Outlaws just one week ago, scored his first goal as a General and his 14th overall on the season to give Eugene an early 1-0 lead, however Symbol's strike would be the only goal of the first period as Eugene would carry a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
The second period once again brought only one goal, but this time it was West Sound who would light the lamp as Brennan Newton scored his sixth goal of the season at the 6:40 mark to tie the game at 1-1. After a scoreless third period and ensuing five-minute overtime, the two teams entered a three-man shootout period.
After each of the first four overall skaters - Logan Sanders (EUG), Christopher Mitchell (WSW), Colton Symbol (EUG), and Alexander Dudley (WSW) - were able to convert their respective shootout attempts, Generals forward Josh Hawn was unable to beat West Sound netminder Brian Lacharite and Warriors forward Donald "Hank" Cribbs immediately followed by scoring on his shot attempt to complete the comeback and secure a surprise 2-1 win over the division leaders.
Generals goaltender Jamie Frantz finished with 21 saves on 22 shots faced as Eugene outshot West Sound by a 39-22 margin.
The Generals will look to finish the weekend on a high note while aiming to take three of four possible points from the weekend as Eugene and West Sound face off again on Saturday, January 14th at 7:35pm PST at the Bremerton Ice Center. Video coverage will be available on HockeyTV while live updates will be provided via Twitter.