- Created: 27 January 2019
In Sunday's series finale between the Eugene Generals (9-18-0-1-1) and Seattle Jr. Thunderbirds (29-11-0-1-1), neither side emerged victorious as the morning matchup at Sno-King Ice Arena in Kirkland, Washington ended in a 5-5 tie.
Aiming to split the series after falling to the Jr. Thunderbirds for the first time this season, 4-1, the night prior, Eugene looked to earn their fifth win of the season against Seattle after entering the weekend series with a perfect 4-0-0 record against the T-Birds.
However, Sunday's game started with a similar storyline as the day prior. Seattle struck first for the second straight day when Matthew Butson scored at the 12:12 mark of the first period, but Eugene's Griffin Minchin responded just two minutes later to level the score with his 6th goal of the season.
Butson was heard from again before the break, though, as he scored his second goal of the game with 3:46 left in the period to give Seattle a 2-1 lead entering the first intermission.
In the second period, it was the Generals who outscored the T-Birds, 2-1. Despite holding their one-goal advantage through much of the period, Seattle surrendered the lead thanks to a pair of quick strikes from the Generals late in the period.
Eugene's Jared Coday leveled the score at 2-2 with his team-leading 23rd goal of the season at the 6:19 mark, and Hunter Boivin followed just 2:10 later to give Eugene their first lead of the season with his 4th goal this year. However, Seattle's Joel Anderson answered just two minutes after Boivin's tally to tie the score at 3-3.
The third period saw more back-and-forth play from both sides. Eugene retook the lead at the 12:52 mark of the period when Minchin notched his second goal of the game off assists from Calvin Hennon and Nicolas Short, and it became a two-goal advantage with exactly eight minutes left when first-year forward Justyn Bayliffe scored his 6th goal of the season.
Despite the two-goal advantage, Eugene was unable to shut the door and withstand a late onslaught from Seattle. The Jr. T-Birds scored twice in the game's final seven minutes to salvage a tie in the series finale between the two teams.
Generals goaltender Skyler Larsen stopped 20 of 25 shots faced in the effort.
The Gens now return home for a week of practice before facing off against the University of Oregon on Friday, February 1 at 7:30pm PST at The Rink Exchange, located at the Lane Events Center.
Friday's game against the Ducks will be a 'home' game for Oregon. As such, the Ducks will be handling ticket sales, game operations, and game broadcast. Tickets will be available for purchase in-person at The Rink Exchange approximately one hour prior to puck drop on Friday evening.