Weekend Preview: Generals Hope to Get Back on Track
It’s been a sour turn for the Eugene Generals (14-11-0-1), losers of five straight games. The Generals and Tri-Cities Outlaws (13-14-1-0) will open up a weekend series starting this Friday night and concluding Saturday at the Lane County Ice Arena. Friday night’s game will be Father and Daughter Night, where every daughter accompanied by their father will receive free admission.
The Generals came out as victors each of the last two times these two teams played, winning both my three goals. During that time, the Generals were in their hottest point of the season and would go on a 5-game win streak. Since then, the Generals have lost their past five games, but are looking to turn that around this weekend.
Over the course of the Generals’ last five games, Zak Johnson, Hunter Hartman, and Connor Bambico, who are all leading scorers, have averaged one point or less in each game. Their offensive production, relative to the five games played prior to the Generals losing streak, is down by as much as 71.4 percent.
Johnson, Bambico and Hartman that have produced the most points for the Generals in the team’s five contests against Tri-Cities. The Generals do, however, have much more depth on the team than just their top three scorers. Eugene has looked towards Gabriel Mier y Teran to start in net three of the five times these two teams have met. Mier y Teran is 1-2, has a 3.67 goals-against average, and a .913 save percentage in those three starts.
One of the newer members of the Generals’ roster, Kevin Quinlan, has started one game against the Outlaws, and managed to help Eugene earn a win. Quinlan stopped 20 of the 22 shots that were fired on net in his only start against Tri-Cities.
Although the Generals have had decent goaltending against the Outlaws, it is an area lately the team has struggled with. After last weekend’s lapses in goaltending, the Generals may make their selection a game-time decision. The Generals’ defense will have their hands fun when Tri-Cities takes to the ice.
The Outlaws’ leading scorer, Brett Myer, has given the Generals trouble in the past. Myer, in the five games against the Generals this season, has recorded eight points (four goals, four assists). Adding to his threat level, Myer is the hottest player between the two teams. In his last five games, Myer, 13 points (eight goals, five assists), has averaged nearly three points a game.
The Generals defense will have to play tough if they wish to keep Myer off of the scoreboard this weekend.