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Second Place is in Sight

The Eugene Generals (13-6) will have an opportunity to overtake sole possession of second place in the NORPAC Pacific Division this weekend when they travel to Post Falls, ID to face the Coeur d’Alene Lakers (3-16). The Generals are currently tied with the River City Jaguars (13-6) for the position, but the Jaguars will only play one game this weekend. The Generals must not take the wins for granted, however, as the Lakers play extremely strong on their home ice.

“We got caught looking past the Tomahawks a couple weeks ago and we were barely able to come away with one win on the weekend,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly. “We’re in a position to move ahead in the standings, and we cannot get caught looking ahead this weekend. Coeur d’Alene has a pretty substantial home-ice advantage. Their small rink takes away a lot of our speed so we must play smart hockey and not turn the puck over.”

The loss against Puget Sound was the Generals first loss of the season to a team with a sub .500 record. The Generals were able to bounce back against the winless Rogue Valley Wranglers last weekend with two dominating performances, but they must continue to dominate weaker opponents.

The Lakers haven’t had as much success as they would have liked since moving to the Pacific Division at the beginning of this season, losing their first eleven games (the Lakers only lost six games in the 2006-07 season), but have played in six games that were decided by two goals or less. The Lakers have lost five of those six games, but if they can find a way to win those close games they could be a playoff contender later in the season.

The Generals will have to continue to get production from their entire lineup if they want to be contenders, but they will have to continue to get a lot of production from the top of the lineup. The two hottest players for the Generals are Justin Adams and Michael Frei. Adams has put up sixteen points in his last four games, and Frei isn’t far behind with sixteen points in his last five games. Frei has now moved up to fifth in scoring for the Generals with only eight games played, and has moved into a tie for nineteenth in NORPAC.

The games in Post Falls, ID against the Coeur d’Alene Lakers this Friday and Saturday at 7:45 PM will be broadcast on GiTV in audio only. For more information on upcoming games or GiTV please visit eugenegenerals.com.

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For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals
541-359-4154 (office)
541-680-6222 (cell)