- Created: 14 October 2017
The Eugene Generals (2-4-1) were defeated by the Florida Eels (7-1-0) by a final score of 4-1 on Saturday morning at the USPHL Chicago Showcase in West Dundee, Illinois.
The two teams were facing off for the second time in less than twenty-four hours after the Generals and Eels played in an exhibition game against one another the night prior, a 2-1 victory for the Generals.
Saturday proved to belong to the Eels, though, as they would strike first thanks to Daniel Merida as he pounced on a loose rebound to put Florida ahead, 1-0, at the 17:52 mark.
Eugene would answer at the 22:33 mark as Nathan Leach netted his first career goal against a junior hockey opponent on a breakaway opportunity, tying the game at 1-1.
However, the Eels would be heard from again just the break as Anthony Sozio lit the lamp with just 0.9 seconds remaining in the period tothe Eels back in front, 2-1.
Florida would make it 3-1 early in the second period as Cade Swygert scored at the 2:35 mark, and Jake Court netted a late insurance goal with just forty seconds left in regulation to seal a 4-1 win for the Eels.
As with all USPHL Showcase Series events, the game format for the USPHL Chicago Showcase includes two 25-minute periods as opposed to the traditional format of three 20-minute periods.
Excluding the exhibition game against the Eels, Saturday’s loss drops the Generals to 1-2-0 at the 2017 USPHL Chicago Showcase after falling to the Potomac Patriots, 2-1, on Thursday before bouncing back with a 4-3 win over the Richmond Generals on Friday.
The Generals now look ahead to the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and the team’s final game of the USPHL Chicago Showcase, a matchup with the Daytona Racers at 2:40pm PST at Canlan Ice Sports. Video coverage will be available via HockeyTV with live stats available via USPHL.com.
The next Eugene Generals home game is Thursday, October 26th at 6:00pm PST vs. Arizona State University at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon. Tickets are on sale now at EugeneGenerals.com. Stay tuned to EugeneGenerals.com and follow the Generals on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for more updates, information and behind-the-scenes content throughout the 2017-18 season.