By Jackson Phillips, Eugene Generals
The Eugene Generals (1-1-0) blazed past the Bellingham Blazers with a 6-4 win in the 2012-13 home opener. To start the game tonight, the Generals had a plethora of goals that went unanswered until the second period.
Zak Johnson scored his fifth point of the season by sniping Blazers goalie Cody Foster. Johnson took his shot from the high slot and lit the lamp 7:08 into the first period of action.
Hunter Hartman scored two unanswered goals before the period let out. Each of Hartman’s goal were tip ins. His first goal was shorthanded and was assisted by Connor Bambico at 8:53. After being assisted by Jacob Scheie, Hartman’s second goal came 16:50 into the third period. The Blazers made it a two goal game in the second period.
Stephen Soloway increased the Generals lead to four goals by scoring a power play goal 1:12 into the second period of play. Team captain Cody Andersen was awarded the assist on Soloway’s goal.
Bellingham’s Sean Wallace-Chang and Adam Papayoanou each scored a goal for the Blazers in the second period. The Blazers would tie the game in the third period, but the Generals would prevail by the time the clock expired.
“We dominated in the first period, and we got it all back together in the third period,” said Andersen after the game.
Bellingham’s Micky Turner and Kyler Moore each scored a goal for their team to tie the game. Hartman scored the game winning goal, and his third goal of the night after collecting a shot from the point and putting it in the back of the net. Hartman’s hat-trick was recorded 17:11 into the final period of the game.
Matthew Walton scored an insurance goal on a two-on-one rush 17:36 into the third period. The Generals are scheduled to play the Blazers again Saturday at 7:35 p.m. Make sure you are here to watch the Generals take on the Blazers once more at the Lane County Ice Arena.