The Eugene Generals (7-3-1) will play two games away from home this weekend against the Bellingham Blazers (4-8-1) on Friday and Saturday night in the hopes of building on an already promising season.
Both teams won big in their most recent game; the Generals dominated the Vancouver Vipers 11-2, and the Blazers won by a score of 5-1. Adding on to the impressive margins of victory, both are riding a three-game winning streak and both will fight to keep their streak alive.
The Generals have had their struggles on the road thus far with a record of 2-2, while their record at home is 5-1-1. The Blazers, however, have had bad luck at home, with a home record of 0-2. This weekend provides each team with a great opportunity to step up to the plate, and improve that record. In the two prior meetings this year, the Generals have collected two wins, and outscored the Blazers 10-6.
The Generals have four players averaging more than one point per game against the Blazers. While Stephen Soloway has averaged 1.5 points; Hunter Hartman, Matthew Walton, and Connor Bambico have each averaged two points in the Generals two games against Bellingham this season.
Bellingham is home to one player, Mason Wade, who leads the Blazers in point scoring, and has average one point per game, when playing Eugene. However, within the Blazers last five games, Bellingham forward Cody Rich has exploded onto the scene. Rich has averaged three points per game, over Bellingham’s last five games, which he played in just four. Within this scoring parameter, Rich has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists).
The Generals defense will have to keep the puck out of the defensive zone and away from Rich if they wish to slow down the Blazers’ hottest scoring threat. After this weekend’s series, the Generals will travel home to play the West Sound Warriors for the first time of the season Nov. 23, and 24. Saturday, Nov. 24 will be a Teddy Bear Toss toy drive for the pediatric unit at Sacred Heart RiverBend. All fans who bring a new teddy bear will receive free admission to the game.
The Generals are in second place in total points in the NORPAC Standings with 15 points and only trail the West Sound Warriors who have 20 points and a record of 10-1. The Warriors have outscored opponents 94-24. Bellingham is in second to last place with nine total points. Bellingham has been outscored 50-63 on the season.