- Created: 11 January 2017
The Eugene Generals (24-6-2, 50 points) travel North this weekend as they'll play a two-game series against the West Sound Warriors (2-29-1, 5 points) at the Bremerton Ice Center in Bremerton, Washington, the beginning of six consecutive road games for the Generals.
Having recently emerged from the holiday break, the Generals swept their first two-game series of the new year behind wins of 8-4 and 3-1 over the Tri-City Outlaws this past weekend. With just 12 games remaining in the regular season, Eugene currently holds the top spot in the Pacific Division with an 11-point lead over second place Seattle. Eugene's 50 points trail only the Florida Jr. Blades (70), Charlotte Rush (60), and Carolina Eagles (53 ) in the USP3HL.
New addition Colton Symbol is slated to make his Generals debut this Friday after the Generals acquired his rights from the Tri-City Outlaws for undisclosed terms. Symbol will join one of the USP3HL's most prolific offenses as the Generals will enter the weekend tied with the Traverse City North Stars (161) for the third-most total team goals scored this season (Florida Jr. Blades - 215, Charlotte Rush - 174).
A perennial power in the Northwest over recent years, the Warriors have fallen upon hard times during the 2016-17 campaign with a roster full of depth but lacking much game experience. Despite that, the youthful Warriors started 2017 with a pair of promising performances last weekend against second place Seattle, albeit both losses.
This weekend's matchup between the Generals and Warriors will mark the seventh and eighth times that these two teams have faced off this season with the Generals having emerged victorious in each of the previous six meetings while outscoring the Warriors by a 54-8 margin.
Players To Watch
Colton Symbol - Forward (EUG)
The aforementioned Symbol had been one of the USP3HL's most abundant scorers at the time of his acquisition as the former T.C. standout had posted 41 points in just 21 games with the Outlaws this season. A former high school teammate of current Generals Cole Bloemer and Logan Sanders, Symbol will look to quickly recapture that chemistry during the home stretch of the regular season as the Generals prepare for postseason play.
Reid Cloward - Forward (WSW)
One of over a dozen Washington natives that have suited up for the Warriors this season, Cloward has been one of the best of the bunch as the first-year Warrior has tallied 10 goals and 7 assists through 32 games. Cloward has one goal and one assist in six games against the Generals this season.
Josh Hawn - Forward (EUG)
A steady veteran presence for the Generals, second-year forward Josh Hawn is coming off of his biggest point-getting game of the season, a four-point performance (two goals, two assists) this past Friday on Military Appreciation Night as the Generals cruised to an 8-4 win over the Tri-City Outlaws. Tabbed as an Assistant Captain for the Generals this season, Hawn's leadership has proven invaluable to a talented but young Generals squad.
Christopher Mitchell - Forward (WSW)
Currently in his second season with the Warriors, the hometown kid currently leads the team in goals (16), assists (11), and overall points (27). After a cold stretch during November that saw Mitchell struggle to find the back of the net, the Bremerton native has scored in three of the Warriors' past six games.
Tickets, Coverage, And More...
The puck drops against the West Sound Warriors at 7:35pm PST on both Friday, January 13th and Saturday, January 14th. Live video coverage of both games will be available via HockeyTV with live stats provided at USPHL.com and updates provided via Twitter. The Eugene Generals home schedule resumes with a matchup vs. the West Sound Warriors on Friday, February 3rd at 7:30pm PST, the first of six consecutive home games to finish out the regular season. Tickets can be purchased online at EugeneGenerals.com or in-person immediately before each home game at the Eugene Generals Box Office, located at The Rink Exchange.