By Jackson Phillips, Eugene Daily News
The Eugene Generals (0-1-0) will host the Bellingham Blazers (1-1-1) on Friday’s opening night game, and again on Saturday.
Friday night’s game will be the first of 20 home games for the Generals this season, and will be one to remember. The Generals will be fighting for their first victory of the season, after undergoing a 6-5 loss in the first game of the season.
One game into the season, the Generals are lead by Zak Johnson in the goal scoring and total points category this season. Johnson, with four points (two goals, two assists), has had the hottest hands on the team.
Team captain Cody Andersen proved to be a threat in the Generals last game. Andersen, with two points (one goal, one assist), has netted a goal and received a helper in three periods of play this season. Stephen Soloway and Hunter Hartman have each scored a goal this season as well.
Although Generals goaltender Gabriel Miery Teran had a .905 save percentage last week, the decision as to who will protect the pipes is likely to be a game-time decision.
“Everyone is looking forward to our fist home game this season,” stated Generals defenseman Niko Greco. This will be Greco’s first game of the season after serving a three game suspension he earned in the first game of the preseason.
After losing 4-3 in overtime last week to Tri-City, the Blazers will be looking to bounce back. However, the Blazers have let in 52.9 percent more goals than the have scored. The Generals will look to light the lamp early and often. The Blazers have Adam Papayoanou as a key offensive threat. Papayoanou has six points (four goals, two assists) in three games this season.
Eugene’s defense will have to match up against Mason Wade. The Bellingham forward has good eyes for passing lanes, and has four points (four assists). Bellingham forward Sean Wallace-Chang has two points (two goals) in two games, and could be a handful for Eugene.
The Generals will play the Blazers at 7:35 p.m. on Friday and Saturday this week at the Lane County Ice Arena. Get there early on Friday to receive a surprise giveaway.
The first 250 fans will receive the giveaway. Bulls on Parade will be providing musical entertainment during Friday’s game. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door or online. You can stay after the game for the opportunity to meet Generals players, and bring your Generals merchandise you would like to have signed.