- Created: 08 January 2008
The Eugene Generals (23-9) swept the Rogue Valley Wranglers (2-32) this weekend in Medford, OR. The 16-2 and 10-1 wins brought the Generals to 7-0 against the Wranglers this season with one game remaining in the season series. Unlike in past games against the Wranglers, the Generals were able to get out to quick starts, and put both games away early. The Wranglers had given the Generals fits all year, but despite the five suspensions, and skating with a short bench on Friday night, the Generals were able to put up two of their three highest point totals of the season.
“We played two complete games of hockey,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly stated. “Our guys were extremely excited to get out on the ice after the break, and played with a little extra jump in their step. To go along with that added energy, I think we were able to play two really smart games. We went into this weekend expecting to get a battle for four points, and when we go in expecting a battle we play our best hockey.”
The Generals played the two games without the help of Trevor McCarty, Duston Fender, Bobby Reiber, Justin Mongrain and CJ Henley who were serving the first two games of their three game suspensions stemming from the melee after the Generals 4-3 victory over the River City Jaguars. The Generals had to play with only fifteen players on Friday because you cannot replace players for the first game of a suspension if the suspension was a direct result of a fighting misconduct after the 55 minute mark.
The Generals were also playing without newly acquired forward Nate Schursky. Schursky was acquired from Rogue Valley for defenseman Nik Vaitaitis. The 6-1 175 lb. 20 year old forward from Scottsdale, AZ was the Wranglers leading scorer before being traded to Eugene. In 31 games with the Wranglers he scored 19 goals and added 13 assists.
Game one of the weekend was all Generals from the get go. The Generals got off to an early three goal lead before Rogue Valley was able to put their first puck in the net. The Generals were then able to score nine unanswered goals before the Wranglers were able to get their second of the game. Only one player was held pointless for the Generals in the Friday game, and eleven players had multiple point nights. Brendan Elkins led the Generals with six points, and Justin Adams and Tyler Tymchuk each had five on the night. Kevin Aslett was able to get the win with 29 saves.
The Generals weren’t able to get out to quite as quick of a start on Saturday. The Generals were able to score the first goal in the game, but Rogue Valley equalized with a little more than ten minutes to play in the first period. That would be the end of the scoring for the Wranglers, however, as the Generals went on to put up the final nine points of the night. The Generals had eight players with multiple point nights, but Tyler Tymchuk and Brandon Gruber were the stories of the game. Tymchuk had a part in seven of the Generals ten goals in the game, as he was able to score two goals and tally five assists, and Brandon Gruber earned his first point of the season in his twenty-sixth game. Nolan Ohmart was able to make 21 saves on the way to his fifth win of the season.
The Generals will face the Coeur d’Alene Lakers this Friday and Saturday at 7:35 PM at Lane Events Center-Ice. The games 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