- Created: 24 February 2017
It only takes one, but on Friday night in front of the largest crowd of the season, the Eugene Generals’ four goals clinched a spot in the 2016-17 USP3 Playoffs with a decisive shutout victory over the Seattle Ravens.
Where Tuesday’s bout saw 11 goals scored between the two clubs, Friday’s showed far more restraint on the board. Through nearly two full periods, the scoreboard read only zeroes, though penalties were awash between both teams.
It wasn’t until late in the middle 20 minutes of play that the game really got going. Setting up shop at the point in the offensive zone, Minnesota acquisition Jordan Szymanski fired a hard shot that somehow found its way through traffic and sank into the netting. Assists on the power play tally went to Adam Shimamoto and Colton Symbol, and gave the Generals a 1-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Eugene would strike again. Despite being a man down due to a penalty on Tristan Bulot, Cole Bloemer collected a pass from Cody Arbelovsky and took off on a breakaway into the Ravens’ end. A quick wrist shot was all it took for the Generals to double their lead and put the Ravens in a formidable hole.
Unwilling to bend to overconfidence, the Generals continued their offense into the third period, starting with their second power play conversion of the night. Deep in his net, goaltender Josh Stone fended off an initial shot, but fumbled the rebound. After several bangs at the puck, Symbol was finally rewarded for his efforts as the puck slid across the line.
The final nail would be delivered by Adam Shimamoto at 13:44. Once more on the man-advantage, Shimamoto positioned himself at the left dot. Symbol found Shimamoto with a tape-to-tape pass, and the forward wasted no time in one-timing the shot on net. Stone was unable to get a glove up in time, relinquishing a fourth goal to the home team.
Stone stopped 22 of 26 shots, opposite Alexakis who fought off all 31 shots he faced. The Ravens went without a goal on their six power play opportunities, while the Generals converted on 3 of their 11.
Video coverage of all playoff games will be available on HockeyTV with live stats available at USPHL.com and updates provided on Twitter.