- Created: 03 January 2008
The Eugene Generals (21-9) returned from their ten day break yesterday, and looked more energized than ever. They will try to carry that energy this weekend when they travel to the RRRink in Medford, OR to face the Rogue Valley Wranglers (2-30). The Generals have faced the Wranglers five times this season, and have won all five by an average of almost five and a half goals. The last time the Generals faced the Wranglers they put twelve goals on the board, which is the highest point total of the season for the Generals.
“I think everybody has come back from the break ready for action,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly said. “We do have to worry about a little bit of rust, but if everybody keeps it simple and executes we should have a successful weekend. I’m also really excited about the guys we're getting back from injuries, and a couple we’ve just picked up.”
The Generals will be getting forward Steven Slattery back, as well as defensemen Kyle Mills and Ben Wilks back from injuries sustained before the break. Mills only missed two games, but Wilks and Slattery missed a combined twenty-four games. The Generals got defenseman John Strahle back yesterday after a couple of months with the Alaska Avalanche and the Alexandria Blizzard of the Tier-II Junior A North American Hockey League (NAHL).
The Generals also traded defenseman Nik Vaitaitis for the Wranglers leading scorer Nate Schursky late last night. Schursky had 19 goals and 13 assists in 31 games with Rogue Valley this season. However, Schursky will not be in the lineup against his former team this weekend.
Several suspensions from the melee following the victory over the River City Jaguars on December, 22 could hinder the Generals this weekend. Trevor McCarty, Duston Fender, Bobby Reiber, Justin Mongrain and CJ Henley have all been assessed three game suspensions. River City will be without seven players for their next three games, and Zach Nicolas who instigated the fight was given a five game suspension. The Generals can only roster fifteen players for their first game against the Wranglers for the game misconduct penalties assessed after the 55 minute mark, but will be able to roster the full twenty on Saturday.
“We completely support the decision of NORPAC on this matter,” Generals GM Flint Doungchak stated. “The league went to great lengths to make sure they assessed the penalties and suspensions correctly, and we stand by their assessment.”
The games against Rogue Valley this Friday and Saturday in Medford, OR at 7:00 PM will be broadcast on GiTV. For more information on upcoming games or GiTV please visit eugenegenerals.com.
For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals