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Generals Sink Vikings In Shootout

The Eugene Generals (1-0-0) earned a 4-3 shootout win in the team's 2018-19 season opener against Western Washington University on Friday night in Bellingham, Washington.

Despite the victory, it was a rocky start for the Generals as the Vikings took the game's first lead in the game's opening moments, but the Vikings' lead lasted less than a minute as second-year defenseman Dakota Henn tied the score at 1-1 with less than two minutes off of the game clock. Later in the first period, the Vikings regained the one-goal advantage to carry a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

In the second, each side traded a goal as the Generals struck first thanks to Jared Coday who netted his first career junior hockey goal midway through the period. However, the Vikings would respond again late in the period when they regained the one-goal advantage on the power play to make it a 3-2 game, a score that would hold into the intermission.

The third period saw only one goal for either team and it came courtesy of 2017-18 leading scorer Alex Clark who tied the game at 3-3 on an easy backdoor tap-in, and both goaltenders withstood frantic moments in the game's waning moments to force overtime.

After a scoreless four-on-four overtime period, the two teams headed to a shootout where Nathan Leach and Dakota Henn each scored while Carson Roisum turned away two of three shots faced to earn the comeback win in dramatic fashion. 

Roisum turned away 32 of 35 shots faced to earn his first career junior hockey win. 

The Generals and Vikings will each regroup ahead of tomorrow's series finale at 6:15pm PST at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Live video coverage will be available via the WWU Vikings on YouTube with updates available on Twitter. 

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