- Created: 07 December 2006
The Eugene Generals (16-10) will travel to Vancouver, WA this weekend to face the Fort Vancouver Pioneers (22-3). This will be the Generals third weekend series against Fort Vancouver this season, and they are still looking for their first win. The Generals trail the second place Seattle Totems by two points in the NOR PAC Pacific Division, and trail the Pioneers by twelve.
“We need to come out hard, and maintain that intensity for the entire game if we want to beat Fort Vancouver,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly stated. “We were able to take them to overtime in both games the last time we met, but that just won’t get it done. I think we are a different team now, and if we can play our hockey for a full sixty minutes I think we have a great chance at coming away with four points this weekend.”
The Generals have won at least one game against every team in the Pacific Division except Fort Vancouver. The Generals will need to come out fast, and hold the Pioneers to under five goals if they want to defeat Fort Vancouver. The Generals are 11-4 when scoring first this season (excluding overtime games), and they are 15-2 when giving up less than five goals a game. The Generals are only 2-3 when scored against first, and a meager 1-8 when giving up five ore more goals.
This weekend will also mark the debut of the newly acquired forward Sean Woodring. The Generals acquired Woodring in a trade with the River City Jaguars for Alex Ironside. Woodring will bring much needed intensity to the Generals that should spread like wildfire around the team. In twenty-five games with the Jaguars Woodring accumulated nine goals, two assists, and forty-five penalty minutes.
Look for the Generals to be very aggressive this weekend. The Generals and Pioneers have built a heated rivalry, and every time they face each other it is a battle to the end. The Generals need to gain some ground on the Totems, who face the Tri-City Titans this weekend, to gain momentum heading into the Christmas break, and more importantly gain some much needed confidence against the first place Pioneers.
The games this weekend will be at 8:00 on Saturday and 3:00 on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast on GiTV in audio only. For more information about upcoming games please visit eugenegenerals.com.
For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals