The Eugene Generals (11-6-1) will be on the road for a weekend series (Friday and Saturday) against the West Sound Warriors (18-3-0) in the Generals’ first pair of games to start the second half of the regular season. Generals’ players will return to Eugene from winter break December 26th to prepare for the series with the first place Warriors.
Last time these two teams played, the Generals were blown out 13-1. However, that same weekend the teams split the series 1-1. In the Generals’ win, several suspensions were dished out to the Warriors, and as the game neared its end questionable shots were fired at the Generals bench. Both teams will be returning to the ice fresh and ready to score goals, deliver hits and get back to winning games.
The last time the Generals played the Warriors, the team relied on Zak Johnson; five points (three goals, two assists), Hunter Hartman; three point (one goal, two assists), Cody Andersen; two points (one goal, one assist), and Connor Bambico; two points (one goal, one assist) to score points.
In their previous matchup with the Generals, West Sound relied on Tosh Twietmeyer; seven points (four goals, three assists), Domenic Kolbeins; seven points (one goal, six assists), Kai Wilkins; six points (four goals, two assists), Joe Glithero; six points (one goal, five assists); and Josh Colleaux; four points (two goals, two assists) to lead the team in scoring in the two games.
The Generals have the most potent power play unit in the league, with a 34.6 percent success rate. However, in the two meetings between these two teams the Generals have taken their power play to the next level, converting 45.5 percent of the power play opportunities. An area that the Generals struggled with in their last meeting with the Warriors was goaltending. The Generals averaged 7.5 goals against, and protected the net 82.8 percent of the time shots were fired.
One reason for this is, is because the Warriors essentially outscored the Generals 2:1 on the weekend. The Warriors, with the second most lethal power play unit, converted 40 percent of their power play opportunities.
If the Generals can win both games this weekend, the point differential between the two teams will decrease to nine points. If the Tri-Cities Outlaws have a successful weekend, one or two losses by the Generals could drop Eugene to fourth place.
When the Generals return to Eugene to take on the Vancouver Vipers on New Year’s Eve, fans will be in for the Generals New Years Bash; a special event that will last until 12:30 a.m. After the game, there will be ice skating with the Generals, merchandise giveaways, and many other surprises. More information on the event will follow this week.