Weekend Preview: Season Finale
- Created: 15 February 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene Generals (20-16-2) will host the Glacier Nationals (6-32-1) during Fan Appreciation Night this Friday at 7:35 p.m. The Generals will then take to the road and play the Vancouver Victory (16-21-2)on Saturday and Sunday to finish the 2011-12 season.
The Generals have dominated the Nationals this season by not allowing them to win a single game.
Friday night the Generals will attempt to complete their second sweep of a Northern Pacific Hockey League team this season: the other team being the West Sound Warriors.
In the games against the Nationals leading up to Friday night, the Generals have received most of their offensive production from three of their forwards. Randy Ludwig (four goals, three assists) and Kirby Carlson (four goals, three assists) each have seven points against the Nationals this season. Julian Herrera has five points (four goals, one assist) and is Eugene's third leading scorer against the Nationals.
The Generals may look to put Gabriel Mier y Teran in net on Friday night. Mier y Teran has a 2.5 goals allowed average (GAA) and a 91.9 save percentage when protecting the net from Nationals skaters.
Relative to the Generals, the Nationals produce little offensive threat.
In the five games played against each other leading up to Friday night's game, the Nationals have three players with three or more points. With four points, Tucker Spooner (two goals, two assists) leads the nationals in this scoring category. Spooner is backed by forward Michael Noe (one goal, two assists) and defenseman Rudi Baldwin (three assists), whom each have three points.
The Nationals may look to put Austin Willenborg in net on Friday. Willenborg is 0-2 against the Generals, but boasts a 2.34 GAA and 93.0 save percentage.
The Generals will wrap their weekend up with two games against the Victory.
This season, the Generals are 4-2 against the Victory and will battle to extend that record to 6-2.
In the six games leading up to this weekend's contests the Generals have four players with five or more points. with 12 points, Ludwig (seven goals, five assists) leads the team in the scoring category. Carlson (four goals, three assists) and Merritt (three goals, four assists) are the next runners up with seven points. Generals forward Zak Johnson (two goals, three assists) is the team's fourth best offensive threat in this situation.
Again, the Generals may look to put Mier y Teran in net. In his one start against the Victory, Mier y Teran has a 1.00 GAA and a 97.0 save percentage.
Vancouver's offense is led by the Bordak brothers.
Avik Bordak (33 goals, 38 assists) has 71 points this season and will be the biggest threat to the Generals. Joe Bordak (24 goals, 40 assists) has 64 points and Elijah Bordak (18 goals, 21 assists) has 39 point on the season. When this trio plays on the same line they equal the offensive firepower of the NHL's Sedin twins, but the extra man can create more havoc.
Be sure to be in attendance Friday night for Fan Appreciation Night as the Generals host the Nationals in their last home game of the regular season. There will be several free give-aways from our sponsors. The local rock band Bulls on Parade will be performing to give the game a high tempo atmosphere, and there will be a special ceremony leading up to the puck drop.
In the situation where you cannot make the game, you may always enjoy it live on our EGHN broadcasting network. Daniel Bell and Alex Stimson will provide play-by-play, interviews and analysis of the game. Pregame coverage of the game will begin at 7:15 p.m.
Remember that Generals playoff tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or at the box office. Playoff tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior, and children under the age of five are free.
For more information:
Director of Public Relations and Volunteer Coordinator
(541) 359-4154 Ext. 207 (office)
(510) 862-7174 (cell)