- Created: 23 February 2009
The Eugene Generals (38-10) will play the River City Jaguars (26-22) in the best-of-five 2009 NORPAC Pacific Division Semi-final series. The Generals will travel to Beaverton, OR for the first two games of the series on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will host the Jaguars on Friday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday if the games are necessary, at Lane Events Center-Ice.
The Generals head into the playoffs as the number two seed in the Pacific Division, which is the highest seed in franchise history. The previous three seasons the Generals have headed into the playoffs as the number three seed in the Pacific Division.
The Jaguars are also heading into the playoffs with their highest seed in franchise history. This will be the Jaguars second trip into the playoffs in five seasons, and the second consecutive trip for the team. Last season the Jaguars were the fourth seed in the Pacific Division.
“The Jaguars are a very tough, physical opponent,” Generals Head Coach Jay Miller stated. “We will have to give 100% on the ice, and play with complete focus if we want to make it to the next round. River City is a great team, and we’re going to take this one game at a time. We’ve been building towards this the entire season, and I have complete confidence in my team.”
The Generals were able to win the eight game season series with the Jaguars 6-2, but gave up two wins to the Jaguars in the last four games of the series. The Jaguars were able to get one win against the Generals in Eugene, and one win against the Generals in Beaverton.
The top two point producers for each team against each other are the two captains. Michael Frei led the Generals against the Jaguars with seven goals and seven assists in six games. Kevin Nighbert led the Jaguars against the Generals with three goals and five assists in seven games. Both teams have many other players who can put up points, but it would be no surprise if these two players play an integral part in how this series pans out.
The game against the Jaguars at Valley Ice Arena on Tuesday at 4:15 PM, and the game against the Jaguars at Valley Ice Arena on Wednesday at 8:30 PM will be broadcast on GiTV in audio only. For more information on upcoming playoff games or GiTV please visit eugenegenerals.com.
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Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals