Weekend Preview: Pink in the Rink
By Jackson Phillips
The Eugene Generals (2-1-0) are playing a game away and at home this weekend against the Vancouver Vipers (1-3-0).
On Friday, the Generals will take to the road, before coming home for Saturday’s 7:35 p.m. matchup between the two for the eighth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
The Generals are lead by Zak Johnson, with six points (four goals, two assists), in total points. The last time Johnson faced off against the Vipers, he finished the night with two goals and two assists.
Eugene’s Hunter Hartman has been a goal scoring machine in the first three games of the season. Hartman has five points (five goals) in the three games the Generals have played this season.
The last time these two teams played, the Generals started Gabriel Mier y Teran, who was scored on six times. Since that game, however, Mier y Teran has saved the Generals in the second game of the season, and played a stellar game in last Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Bellingham. He is tied for second most wins and is fourth in the league in the save percentage category. The Generals goalie choice is likely to be a game time decision, but don’t be too surprised if you see Mier y Teran protecting the pipes at least once this weekend.
The Vipers have played one more game than the Generals thus far into the season, and do not have a player with more points than the Generals.
Vipers player Cody Dettman is the team leader in scoring. Dettman has six points (four goals, two assists) in four games this season.
There is one area on the ice where you should expect to see the Generals out perform the Vipers, and that is when it comes to special teams. The Generals have one of the best special team units in the league. Eugene boasts a, best in league, penalty kill that operates at a 94.4 percent efficiency rating, and the second best power play, which is effective 20.0 percent of time.
On the other hand, special teams have been one of the areas Vancouver has struggled with thus far this season. Vancouver is home to the league’s worst power play unit and second worst penalty kill. The Vipers power play is effective 7.1 percent of the time, and their penalty kill is effective only 63.6 percent of the time they are on the ice.
The Generals will be donating $1 from every ticket sold at Sunday’s game to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help support breast cancer research. In addition, the Generals will be auctioning online the game worn, pink jerseys they wear on Saturday. All net proceeds from the auction will go to support breast cancer research.
Stick around after the game to watch the University of Oregon Club Hockey team take on the UCLA Bruins. The Ducks will be playing in a Breast Cancer Awareness Night of their own.
Be at the Lane County Ice Arena this Saturday, Oct. 20, to watch the Generals take on the Vipers for the first time at home this season at 7:35 p.m.