- Created: 28 February 2008
The NORPAC Pacific Division third seed Eugene Generals will begin their best-of-five Pacific Division Semi-Final match-up against the second seed Tri-City Titans on Leap Day (tomorrow) at Lane Events Center-Ice. The Generals will face the Titans again on Saturday for game two of the series. The Generals will then travel to Pasco, WA for game three of the series next Friday. The Titans will also host the Generals next Saturday and Sunday if necessary.
“This is what we’ve worked for all season,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly stated. “We have a chance to show that we are better than our third seed shows, and it all starts tomorrow. Tri-City is a great team, that’s why they earned the second seed. We split with the Titans during the regular season, but I don’t think our best hockey is yet to come. We just have to play with a lot of heart, and a lot of discipline. If we can do that, I really like our chances.”
The Generals did split the eight game season series with the Titans, but the Generals had to win the last two games to earn the split. The Generals were able to outscore the Titans in the series 41-38, but the Titans have the potential to put up big numbers. The most notable occurrences of the Titans putting up big numbers against the Generals were a 9-7 victory in December and a 7-1 smashing in January. The Generals have an all-time record of 12-8 against the Titans, and were able to win the 2006 Pacific Division Finals 3-1, which is the only time the two teams have met in the post season.
The Generals must get big games from their key performers, but the number one concern for the Generals must be the rocket fueled Titans line of Jared Darby, Damon Hollandsworth and Brandon Turley. The three players combined for twenty of the Titans thirty-eight goals against the Generals this season, and accumulated 149 goals this season. If the Generals can stop that line they should have a great chance at making their third consecutive appearance in the Pacific Division Finals.
The games this Friday and Saturday at 7:35 PM will be broadcast on GiTV. For more information on upcoming games or GiTV please visit eugenegenerals.com.
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Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals