- Created: 02 January 2017
The Eugene Generals (22-6-2, 46pts) begin the home stretch of the 2016-17 regular season this weekend with a two-game series vs. the Tri-City Outlaws (10-20-1, 21pts) at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon starting on Friday, January 6th and concluding on Saturday, January 7th with both games starting at 7:30pm.
Friday's matchup marks another special event on the Generals' calendar as the team will be donning one-of-a-kind camouflage jerseys to commemorate Military Appreciation Night, an ode to the men and women who have and continue to serve in our nation's armed forces. All active duty military, veterans, reservists, and dependents are eligible to receive free admission to Friday's game upon presenting their military I.D.
Sneak Peak - The Generals will be wearing one-of-a-kind specialty jerseys for the third time this season, this time as a tribute to the men and women of our nation's armed forces.
Coming off of the team's recent holiday break, the Generals will enter the matchup against the Outlaws having won 9 of their previous 11 games, including most recently posting a 3-0-1 record at the USPHL Midwest Showcase in West Dundee, Illinois. There, the Generals netted the franchise's first ever USPHL Showcase Series win(s) after defeating a trio of Midwest Division opponents - the Alpena Flyers (5-2), the Motor City Hawks (3-1), and the Ironwood Yoopers (3-2 OT).
Meeting for the ninth and tenth times this season, the Generals enter the two-game series against T.C. with a 7-0-1 record vs. the Outlaws with the lone loss coming in overtime back on October 7th in Kennewick, Eugene's first loss of the season after winning each of the team's first six overall games.
After a dismal start to the season that saw Tri-City pick up wins in only 5 of the franchise's first 23 games, Head Coach Geno McCue's squad has seemingly turned it around as they enter the new year having won five of their previous eight games, including also netting their first ever USPHL Showcase Series win, a 5-4 overtime win over the Tri City Icehawks at the USPHL Midwest Showcase.
Players to Watch
Frazier Mohler - Forward (EUG)
Currently playing in his first season with the Generals, Frazier "Butch" Mohler has consistently shown steady signs of improvement under the tutelage of Head Coach Justin Kern. After the Eugene bench boss made the decision to move the Phoenix, Arizona native from defenseman to forward near the tail end of 2016, Mohler found his groove while in America's heartland as he tallied goals in three of the Generals' four games at the USPHL Midwest Showcase.
Adam Shimamoto - Forward (TRI)
In his third season with the Outlaws organization, the veteran forward has been a steady contributor for a T.C. team that has seen plenty of ups and downs so far this season. Through 29 games played, the Colorado native currently leads the Outlaws in goals scored (22) and total points (47).
Brett Sparks - Defenseman (EUG)
In his final season of junior hockey eligibility, the forward-turned-defenseman has been one of the catalysts on the Eugene roster while also possessing a penchant for lighting the lamp in clutch situations. Sparks' 16 goals so far this season are more than any other USP3HL defenseman while is 33 total points rank him second behind only Alpena's Nicholas Baranyai (39 points).
Payton Okon - Forward (TRI)
Like Shimamoto, Okon has continued to be a steady contributor for a T.C. team that has struggled to find depth behind the pair of goal scorers. Currently in his second season in Kennewick, the Outlaws' captain provides a unique blend of size (6'4'', 236lbs) and skill (20 goals, 16 assists, 36 points) that is rarely matched like-for-like across the Tier III spectrum.
Tickets, Coverage, And More...
The puck drops between the Eugene Generals and the Tri-City Outlaws at 7:30pm on both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased online at EugeneGenerals.com or in-person immediately before the game at the Eugene Generals box office, located at The Rink Exchange. Video coverage of both games will be available via the Eugene Generals Hockey Network while live stats will be provided at USPHL.com. Remember to follow the Generals on Facebook and Twitter for in-game updates, information, and behind-the-scenes content throughout the 2016-17 season.