Wenatchee, WA – The Eugene Generals (21-16-1-1) dropped their seventh straight game in a 7-2 loss to the Wenatchee Wolves (38-1-0-0) Saturday at the Town Toyota Center.
In a rematch of a two-game series from last weekend in Eugene, the Generals could not keep up with the Wolves, who scored three of their seven goals on the power play. Tonight was the penultimate regular season game for the Generals and Wolves, who square off again tomorrow at 2:35 before the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL) Playoffs begin next week.
Both teams scored once during a first period filled with eight penalties. The Generals scored first when Kory Palmer backhanded a beautiful shot in front of the net to put Eugene up 1-0. His goal was unassisted, occurring 5:34 into the game.
With two Generals players in the penalty box, the Wolves capitalized on the 5-on-3 to tie the game at one with just over eight minutes left in the first period. Wenatchee’s leading scorer Hayden Givens scored the power play equalizer, with the assist credited to Brayden Durante.
Early in the second period, a couple of bad turnovers in their zone proved costly for the Generals, leading to two goals for the Wolves in an eighteen-second span. Givens recorded yet another power play goal, this time to take the lead at 4:14 of the period. The Wolves then scored at 4:32 when a Generals turnover led to a goal by Richie Stickle.
With under two minutes left in the second period, Givens completed the hat trick for the second game in a row. His goal, at 18:19 of the period, was assisted by Thomas Hendry, his second of the night.
During yet another 5-on-3, Wenatchee benefited once more from the power play, scoring just 32 seconds into the third period on Stickle’s second goal of the night. Hunter Alden and Raymond Fleming each had assists on the team’s fifth score of the evening.
Dustin Gomez lit the lamp for Eugene at 14:53 of the final period, trimming their deficit to just three. Cody Arbelovsky recorded the assist on the play.
Wenatchee immediately responded with a goal 36 seconds later from Hunter Hegdahl. Givens added another goal two minutes later at17:51, leading to a final of 7-2.
Similar to last Saturday’s game at home versus Wenatchee, Generals goalie Chris Pritchard once again endured a myriad of shots from the Wolves. Pritchard saved 41 of 48 shots from the Wolves, his seventh consecutive start where he has recorded at least 40 saves.
Generals Assistant Coach Daniel Gomez gave his thoughts about what his team needs to do to have more success tomorrow against Wenatchee. “First of all, what we were working on in practices this week started to show out there,” expressed Gomez. “However, we need to be more physical on rushes; we gave up at least three or four goals on odd-man rushes. We also need to do a better job entering the offensive zone on power plays and move quicker to loose pucks if we want to win tomorrow.”
Fans can follow tomorrow's regular season finale through Pointstreak or watch on Fast Hockey. The Generals will also provide updates on Twitter and Facebook.
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