Series Preview - Wolves Welcome Generals To Wenatchee
The Eugene Generals (5-10-1) head back on the road to build up their Thanksgiving appetites this week as the team will play a two-game series against the Wenatchee Wolves scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Washington.
The midweek matchup with the Wolves will be the first set of games for the Generals since participating in the USPHL's Islanders Hockey Club Showcase in Andover, Massachusetts just over one week ago. There, the Generals posted a 2-3-0 record with wins over the Jersey Shore Whalers and Boston Bandits along with losses to the Charlotte Rush, Hampton Roads Whalers and Atlanta Jr. Knights.
Despite the mixed results on the east coast, the Generals will resume play in the Northwest with arguably their healthiest roster to date, headlined by the return of goaltender Christopher Alexakis. After missing the first two months of the season due to a lower body injury, Alexakis made his season debut at the I.H.C. Showcase where he posted a 2-1-0 record while stopping 81 of 87 shots faced. Despite that, the top spot on the depth chart is still very much up for grabs as goaltender Jamie Frantz has performed superbly through the season's first two months, including a pair of impressive performances in Massachusetts.
Eugene and Wenatchee will be meeting for the first time since the 2014-15 season when both were members of the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL).
The Wenatchee Wolves are members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) and operate as a developmental team for the British Columbia Hockey League's Wenatchee Wild, one of the most established and well-respected programs across the Tier II junior hockey landscape.
Forward Cameron Knowlton (Kenai, AK) leads the Wolves with 17 overall points while Jake Landers (Tigard, OR) leads the team with 9 goals scored through 22 games played. Goaltenders Eric Yancey (Eagle River, AK) and Austin Ryman (Fairbanks, AK) have largely split the netminding duties this season and have posted nearly identical save percentages in the process (Yancey: .880 SV% / Ryman: .889 SV%).
Head Coach Ryan McKelvie is in his fourth season leading the Wolves and is therefore already familiar with the Generals franchise dating back to the team's days playing in the NPHL. McKelvie previously served as the Head Coach of Division III Lake Forest College where he was named the 2014 NCHA Coach of the Year and he is former three-year assistant captain for Division I University of Minnesota, Mankato.
Similar to the Generals, the Wolves will enter their matchup with Eugene having recently competed in a NAPHL Showcase where they posted a 2-3-0 overall record.
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time: 8:00pm PST
Location: Town Toyota Center
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time: 1:30pm PST
Location: Town Toyota Center
Clark Starts To Click - First-year forward Alex Clark (Wasilla, AK) has started to hit his stride after scoring three goals in Massachusetts, making him the first General to reach double-digit goal totals this season. The Generals are 6-1-1 this season in games which Clark has scored in.
Sweet Digs - The two-game series between the Generals and Wolves will be played at the Town Toyota Center, the primary home to the Wenatchee Wild. Opened in 2008, the Town Toyota Center is a 4,300-seat facility that has previously hosted the NAHL's Robertson Cup Finals (2010) and is one of the finest hockey venues in the Northwest.