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NPHL Playoff Recap: Friday, March 18th Junior Hockey News

Published: Saturday, 19 Mar 2016  
By: Garrett J Fabris

Eugene, OR – Last weekend, the #2 Bellingham Blazers were able to capture the first two games against the #3 Eugene Generals in this best of five playoff series. The Generals entered into tonight’s game in do or die mode, whereas the Blazers were searching for one more win to send the team to their fourth straight Cascade Cup series. To start tonight’s game, the Blazers were able to score the only goal of the first period when Brett Hanson found the back of the net against the Generals’ goalie, Christopher Pritchard.

After a low scoring first period, both teams were able to record at least one goal in the second period. The Generals scored two quick goals during the first five minutes of the period; these goals gave the Generals their first lead of the series. After the Generals took the lead, Hanson scored his second goal of the game. This Blazers’ goal drew the score even with the Generals. Then during the final half of the period, the Generals’ forward – Josh Hawn – scored to retake the lead.

The Generals entered into the final period with a slim one-goal lead. But to start off the period, the Blazers scored to tie the game. As the period dwindled down to the final horn, the Generals retook the lead with a goal from Dustin Gomez. This goal from Gomez helped push the Generals to a 4 – 3 victory over the Blazers. The Generals’ victory forces a game four in this series, which will take place tomorrow night.

Justin Kern, the Generals’ head coach, commented on the Generals’ performance tonight. Kern said, “we talked a lot this week about eliminating mistakes and playing together as a team. I thought the guys did a great job and that they played real Generals’ hockey tonight. The power play was great. The penalty kill was great. We just have to keep rolling, playing as a team, come together as a brotherhood, and keep working.”

As previously stated, there will now be a game four between the Blazers (2-1-0, 4 points) and Generals (1-2-0, 2 points). Both of these teams will stay put at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon, for tomorrow’s game. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:35 pm (PST).

Notable Performances:
(EUG) Dustin Gomez (F) – game-winning goal
(EUG) Xavier Murdoch (F) – an excellent defensive and well-rounded game

Tune in to the NPHL’s website for a full recap after the conclusion of tomorrow night’s game.

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