Weekend Preview: Eugene Generals and Vancouver Vipers
The Eugene Generals (5-3-1) and the Vancouver Vipers (2-9-0) will face off for a weekend series starting this Friday in Eugene for Military Appreciation Night. The two teams will play once more, but in Vancouver, on Saturday.
The Generals organization has invited all Military personnel and veterans to attend Friday night’s showdown, as well as their immediate family members, to the game and will receive free admission with their Military ID. The last two meetings between these team resulted in the Generals out scoring the Vipers 17-3. Zak Johnson has a team high 11 points (six goals, five assists) and leads all Generals players in goal scoring and total points when playing the Vipers.
Generals team captain Cody Andersen and power forward Hunter Hartman have been key to Eugene’s offensive production when facing Vancouver as well. Andersen has seven points (four goals, three assists), and Hartman has six points (three goals, three assists) in three meetings this season.
Eugene’s special teams have been crucial to the General’s success this season. The Generals’ power play, which operates at 30.65 percent, is tops in the league. The Generals power play operates at 42.1 percent when facing Vancouver, giving Eugene a clear advantage in special teams. For the Vipers having any chance of winning the series this weekend they will have to find a way to avoid costly penalties, and when they do, they will have to find a way to shut down the Generals’ power play.
The Vipers struggled mightily to put points on the scoreboard the last time they played the Generals earlier in the season. Of Vancouver’s active players, only three have registered one point or more in each of the last three games against the Generals. This list includes Cody Dettman, Cody Larkin and Cody Anderson. The Vipers must score early if they want a shot in this weekend’s series.
An important stat is that Vancouver is 0-7 when trailing after the first period, and an even worse 0-8 when trailing after the second period. On the flip side, the Generals are seemingly unstoppable when they score early and take a quick lead in the game. The Generals are perfect on the season when leading after the first and second period with a record of 5-0.
The Generals’ Friday night game is to be held in the Lane County Ice Arena at 7:35 p.m. For those dedicated fans that cannot make the game, the game can still be enjoyed by streaming it online via the Eugene Generals Hockey Network. Coverage of the game will being approximately 15 minutes before the start of the game, and will be hosted by Alex Stimson.
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