- Created: 14 February 2006
The Eugene Generals (31-13) will host the Puget Sound Tomahawks (31-13) this Friday at Lane Events Center-Ice at 8:30 PM in the first playoff game in Generals history. The Generals have had a Cinderella year from the start. They opened their season with eight straight wins, which firmly planted them atop the NOR-PAC standings. That top spot belonged to the Generals for much of the season, and only recently have the Generals dropped down to a tie for second. This is quite an accomplishment for a team who was expected to squeak into the playoffs, if they were expected to make it at all. “I couldn’t have imagined that our season would have gone this way,” Generals Head Coach Robert Freeland stated. “We weren’t expected to have this kind of season in our inaugural season, but our team has worked for every ounce of success they have received this season.”
“We set a goal at the beginning of the season to get 30 points, and barely make the playoffs,” Coach Freeland said. “On Saturday, with our win over the Coeur d’Alene Colts, we got our 62nd point, and more than doubled our original goal.” The Generals did, in fact, blow past any expectations they had for themselves, and the expectations from the other teams in NOR-PAC.
The Generals met their original goal 18 games into the season, but still didn’t get the respect their record deserved. Many people credited the Generals success to the amount of easy games against the Crusaders of Kent and River City Jaguars at the beginning of the season. The Generals have had a decrease in winning percentage after their 15-3 start, going 16-10, but have proven themselves to be real contenders in NOR-PAC. The Generals only lost two season series (Bozeman Blackhawks and Puget Sound Tomahawks), and won the season series with NOR-PAC’s top seeds in the Eastern and Western Divisions. The Generals swept the season series 3-0 with the Queen City Cutthroats (NOR-PAC Eastern Division top seed), and won 4 out of 6 with the Fort Vancouver Pioneers (NOR-PAC’s Western Division top seed).
The Generals will enter the playoffs this Friday the number three seed in Western Division against the second seed Puget Sound Tomahawks. The Generals tied the Tomahawks in points (62), but the Tomahawks won the season series 5-3 making them the higher seed. The Generals are considered an underdog for this series, losing their last 5 against Puget Sound, but this team is never one to count out until it is all said and done.
For more information on upcoming games please visit www.eugenegenerals.com.
For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals