- Created: 12 November 2017
The Eugene Generals (4-9-1) fell to the Hampton Roads Whalers (15-2-1) on Sunday morning at Skate 3 Ice Arena in Tyngsborogh, Massachusetts in the first game of a doubleheader for the Generals.
It was a dream start for Eugene as rookie and local product Griffin Minchin netted his first career junior hockey goal with just over two minutes off of the clock to give the Generals an early 1-0 advantage.
The lead would hold until the 9:09 mark when Whalers defenseman Kyle Ball tied the game at 1-1, and Hampton Roads would take their first lead of the game with just 3.2 seconds left in the period as Gary Eastlack rifled home a hard shot off a draw in the Eugene defensive zone to put the Whalers ahead, 2-1.
Hampton Roads took little time to double their advantage in the second period thanks to forward Caelan Bolanowski's strike at the 1:58 mark, and Noah Kramer made it 4-1 just four and a half minutes later by redirecting a hard shot past Generals goaltender Jamie Frantz during a Whalers power play.
Eugene cut Hampton Roads' lead back to two with just over eleven minutes gone in the period, and they would do so while on the penalty kill as Kenneth Griffin led a two-on-one rush before executing a perfect pass-off-pad that was easily buried by forward Broc Friesen, his first “official” junior hockey goal after previously scoring in an exhibition game against the Florida Eels during last month’s Chicago Showcase.
With the Generals still trailing by two late in the third period, Hampton Roads’ Jacob Kaplan drew a five-minute major penalty (interference) for running Eugene’s Bradley Maddox after the whistle to set up a tense final five minutes in Tyngsborough. However, the Generals failed to muster many quality chances with the man advantage as the Whalers held on for the 4-2 victory.
Despite taking the loss, goaltender Jamie Frantz put forth a stellar effort in net stopping 32 of 36 shots faced including a number of highlight-reel saves in his first action of the I.H.C. Showcase.
The Generals must now quickly regroup as an evening matchup with the Boston Bandits (13-7-1) looms at 8:50pm EST at Skate 3 Ice Arena in Tyngsborogh, Massachusetts. Live video coverage of every USPHL Showcase Series game is available via HockeyTV while live stats are available at USPHL.com.
The next home games for the Eugene Generals are scheduled for Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th vs. Coeur D'Alene Hockey Academy. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:00pm PST at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon. Tickets are on sale now at EugeneGenerals.com.