By Jackson Phillips
The Generals (3-1-0) took control of Friday night’s game against the Vancouver Viper in an impressive 9-2 blowout.
The three key factors of success in tonights match up were the special teams, the offensive depth shown on behalf of the Generals and the goaltending by Ronald Schwartz.
The Generals have had one of the best penalty kills and power plays in all of the Northern Pacific Hockey League, and they put that on display tonight. In the first period of the game, the Generals received three power play goals. The goal scorers were Austin Sullens, Zak Johnson and Connor Bambico. Not only was the power play hot, but also the penalty kill unit was flawless in tonight’s matchup.
The Generals put on an offensive showcase in tonight’s victory. In the first period alone, the Generals put up an outstanding seven unanswered goals, and scored two more insurance goals midway through the third period. By the time the final whistle blew tonight, Nikolas Greco, Johnson and Cody Andersen would each have two goal nights. While, Sullens, Bambico and Matthew Walton would each light the lamp once. Nine members of the Generals’ roster registered at least one point tonight; goaltender Ronald Schwartz is included on that list.
The goaltending Eugene received tonight from Schwartz was one of the many standout performances tonight. Schwartz faced a barrage of pucks. Vancouver shot the puck 52 times tonight, and Schwarts allowed two pucks to cross the goal line. At the nights end, Schwartz had a 96.2 save percentage.
The Eugene Generals (4-1-0) showcased their dominance over the Vancouver Vipers (1-5-0) for the second night in a row in an 8-1 win. This weekend, the Generals outscored the Vipers 17-3 in the two games they played.
The scoring began 6:25 into the first period when Wyatt Duncan scored on a slap shot from the point. Duncan scored a second goal for the Generals 15:17 into the same period. His second goal was also scored from a slap shot from the point.
Connor Bambico scored his first goal of the night 3:12 into second period on a power play. Bambico went top shelf, knocking the water bottle off of the net, on the Vancouver goalie’s glove side. At 9:06 of the second period Vancouver scored their lone goal. The Vipers’ goal was scored by Cody Dettman. Generals captain Cody Andersen notched Eugene’s fourth goal of the game 14:41 into the second period. Andersen’s goal was unassisted and a power play goal.
After taking a slap shot from the blue line, and going five-hole, Bambico scored his second goal of the night 19:05 into the second period. Generals forward Matthew Walton lit the lamp 7:09 into the third period. Austin Sullens and Jacob Scheie were each awarded an assist for Walton’s goal.
Zak Johnson scored a power play goal after taking a slap shot that deflected off the Vipers goalie and into the net. Johnson’s goal was Eugene’s third power play of the night. Hunter Hartman got the Generals last goal of the evening after tipping in a shot that was taken by Bambico from the point. Hartman’s goal was recorded 14:21 into the final period of play.
The Generals will play a game home and away next weekend against the Tri-Cities Outlaws.