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Generals Return from Break with Win over Lakers

The Eugene Generals (24-6) returned from the holiday break with a 5-4 win over the Coeur d’Alene Lakers (9-20). The Generals now sit four points out of first place in the NOR PAC Pacific Division, and hold an 18 point lead over the third place River City Jaguars (15-12). The Generals were able to outshoot the Lakers 42-26, but 18 power play opportunities for the Lakers were able to get them back into the game.

“I’m impressed with the way the kids played coming off of the break,” Generals Head Coach Jay Miller stated. “The Lakers were able to capitalize on every one of our mistakes and we handed them a few. I think the boys got their rust off, and I look forward to seeing what happens tomorrow. Hopefully we can stay out of the box.”

The Generals started the scoring 3:37 into the first when Michael Frei scored his ninth shorthanded goal of the season. Matt McGregor evened the score on the power play 4:16 into the first with the assists going to Tanner Mort and Desi Ritari. John Strahle assisted Eric Watters on the power play 12:55 into the first, and that is how the period would end.

Matt McGregor and Jamieson Webking assisted Taylor Machen 7:52 into the second to even the score at two, but that is all the Lakers would get in the period. Strahle would get his second assist on the night to Michael Schlagel 9:33 into the second to give the Generals a 3-2 lead. Kyle Mills would make it a 4-2 game when Watters gave him the assist 13:02 into the second. Michael Frei would get the eventual game winner 14:03 into the second, and Tyler Poulsen would get the assist on the play.

Desi Ritari would get the only goals in the third period, one shorthanded and one on the power play, but the Generals would hold off the charge by the Lakers to earn their 12th of 13 home games this season.

The Generals will host the Lakers tomorrow night for Oakway Fitness Night tomorrow at Lane Events Center-Ice at 7:35 PM. The game will be broadcast on GiTV. For more information on upcoming games, special event nights or GiTV please visit eugenegenerals.com.

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For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals
541-359-4154 (office)
541-680-6222 (cell)