- Created: 21 February 2017
Despite a slow start, the Eugene Generals wrapped up Game One of the 2017 USP3 Pacific Division Championship Series by trouncing the Seattle Ravens, 7-4.
The Ravens, whom the Generals swept two weeks ago by a combined score of 12-9, would get the scoring going off a scrambling goal from Brendan Phillipps. Although Eugene goaltender Christopher Alexakis stopped an initial shot on the right post, he was unable to get over in time to fend off the second effort, and the Generals found themselves in a 1-0 hole.
It wouldn’t last long. With Ryan Keilty in the box for slashing, Nash Berkowitz set up shop at the offensive blue line. A tic-tac-toe play between Kory Palmer and Jordan Szymanski was all it took for Berkowitz to end up with the puck, and he wasted no time in getting it on net. Just like that, the Generals knotted up the game at 1-1, a score that would linger until the second period.
The middle frame saw far more action, with a total of six goals scored between the two clubs. Again on the power play, captain Logan Sanders buried a feed from Cody Arbelovsky at 6:03 that gave the Generals a 2-1 advantage. Cole Bloemer registered the second assist, and a mere 21 seconds later would provide the primary as Arbelovsky grabbed a goal of his own.
Seattle’s Payton Okon briefly made it a one-goal difference due to a fumbled save by Alexakis, but that lasted only three minutes before Eugene’s Frazier Mohler scored his second goal in as many games. One of the highlights of the night was the home squad’s final of the period. Jack Thornton, fresh out of the penalty box, rushed up ice with the puck and after a give-and-go with Adam Shimamoto, sank the puck into the netting. Seattle would find twine with just 11 seconds remaining, but the opening 40 minutes ended squarely in the Generals’ hands, 5-3.
Veteran Brett Sparks began the third period with a bang, scoring unassisted only 52 seconds in, and shortly after the ten-minute mark, Arbelovsky hit twine again. Drawing to him the Seattle defensemen, Bloemer stickhandled through the slot and passed to Arbelovsky at the right circle, who quickly deflected the puck past netminder Josh Stone. The Ravens would tack on a fourth tally, but it was too little, too late, and the Generals would skate away with the 7-4 win.
Stone made 18 saves on 25 shots, while Alexakis turned aside 21 of 25. Each team received three power play opportunities, on which Seattle went scoreless and Eugene went 3-for-3.
The Generals and Ravens are back at it Friday night in the second of this best-of-three playoff series. Game Two of the PDCS will commence at 7:30 p.m. P.S.T. at The Rink Exchange, and tickets are available for purchase at EugeneGenerals.com or at the Eugene Generals Box Office prior to puck drop, located at The Rink Exchange.