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Weekend Preview: Generals seek sixth win over No. 1 Warriors

EUGENE, Ore. - The second place Eugene Generals (24-14-0-1) will play the first place West Sound Warriors (29-8-0-0) at the Lane County Ice Arena in their final game of the regular season this Friday at 7:35 p.m.

Friday night’s game is Fan Appreciation Night, where the Generals will take time to thank all who have attended games over the course of the season. There will be numerous giveaways for fans showing spirit and support of the Generals during the game.

With playoffs starting March 5, one last win against the West Sound team could be the momentum boost the Generals will need to make a deep playoff run.

This season, the Warriors have dominated all their competition, but the Generals are the one team that has given them a serious run for their money. The Generals are the only team to have swept the Warriors in a weekend series, which they have done twice. In addition, no other team in the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NORPAC) has a winning record against the seemingly insurmountable Warriors: the Generals record is 5-3.

When West Sound arrives in Eugene on Friday, the Generals will have to be on high alert; the Warriors are without a doubt the most lethal team in NORPAC.

West Sound is home to two of the three top scores in NORPAC. Kai Wilkins, 116 points (35 goals, 71 assists), and Josh Twietmeyer, 76 points (34 goals, 42 assists), lead the Warriors in scoring, and have had ample scoring success when they skate with the Generals.

In eight games against the Generals this season, Wilkins has posted 15 points (five goals, 10 assists), and Twietmeyer has recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in seven games.

The Generals have plenty of weapons to counter the Warriors offensive, which has been apparent in past contests.

This hockey season, the Generals have relied heavily on Zak Johnson; 67 points (33 goals, 34 assists), Hunter Hartman; 65 points (22 goals, 43 assists), Connor Bambico; 54 points (17 goals, 37 assists), and Matthew Walton; 49 points (11 goals, 38 assists), to put points on the scoreboard. Although the Generals have seen plenty of other players step up and score in pivotal situations, the team cannot escape the fact that these four players account for more than 50 percent of the team’s scoring.

Earlier this month, the Generals swept the Warriors for the second time this season. A key reason this happened is due to the acquisition of seven new players. Two players, Christian Merritt and Matthew Hopersberger, were instrumental to the Generals sweep of the Warriors. In the two games they played, Merritt scored five points (three goals, two assists), which included a game-winning goal, and Hopersberger recorded three (two goals, one assist).

Goaltender Christopher Boyd gave the Generals some of the best goaltending they have seen all season in his two starts against the Warriors this month. Boyd produced a .910 save percentage, and walked away with two wins. More importantly, Boyd elevated his level of play as the game clock worked its way to expiration, which secured his wins.

The Generals will look to win their third consecutive game against the Warriors come Friday night.

Fans that cannot make it to the game are encouraged to watch the game via the Eugene Generals Hockey Network (EGHN). Coverage of EGHN will begin at 7:20 p.m., and is hosted by Alex Stimson.

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For more information:
Jackson Phillips
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Eugene Generals
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(541) 359-4154 Ext. 207 (office)
(510) 862-7174 (cell)

Preseason Evaluation Camp

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Registration for the Eugene Generals Preseason Evaluation Camp is now open! Camp will take place April 29-30, 2017 at The Rink Exchange.