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Series Preview - Collegiate Schedule Continues With WWU

The Eugene Generals (3-4-1) will travel north this weekend for a two-game road series against Western Washington University (4-1-1) to be played Friday and Saturday night at the Bellingham Sportsplex in Bellingham, Washington.

While the series between the two teams was originally scheduled to take place next weekend, WWU Head Coach Larry MacDonald reached out to the Generals organization earlier this week upon finding an opening in the ice time schedule at the Bellingham Sportsplex. After a quick conversation to hammer out logistics, the two sides agreed to move the much anticipated matchup to this upcoming weekend. 

Eugene enters the two-game series less than one week removed from participating in the USPHL Chicago Showcase, the team's first USPHL Showcase Series event of the 2017-18 season. During the team's time in Chicago, the Generals posted a 2-2-0 record while also picking up a 2-1 win over the Florida Eels in an exhibition game. 

Western Washington University will be the second collegiate team to face off against the Generals so far this season after Eugene split a two-game series with the University of Oregon three weeks ago. The Generals will also take on Arizona State University on Thursday, October 26th at The Rink Exchange (TICKETS) before later hosting Western Washington University on Friday, January 26th (TICKETS) and Saturday, January 27th (TICKETS) to wrap up this season's slate of collegiate opponents. 

"Being that they're coached by Larry MacDonald, we know that they're a well-run program," said Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. "I expect the Vikings to be big and physical with their age and size difference, but I just want our team to come out and play like we did in some of our better games in Chicago. I was very happy with our performance there, so if we can continue to have good puck movement through the neutral zone, quick escapes from our defensive zone, and then make something happen in the offensive zone then I believe that we'll have a good showing."

 

 

The Opponent

In operation since 1980, Western Washington University's club hockey program participates in the second division of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). So far this season, the Vikings have swept a two-game series against the University of Idaho while also splitting a pair of two-game series against Eastern Washington University and Utah Valley University, respectively. 

Head Coach Larry MacDonald is in his second season at the helm in Bellingham after posting a 11-13-2-0 record in his inaugural season. MacDonald is no stranger to the Generals as his sons Robert (2012-14) and Mark (2012-15) each played for the Bellingham Blazers, former members of the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL). The Generals played in the NPHL for the team's first eleven years of existence. Both Robert and Mark MacDonald are current members of the WWU Vikings. 

 

 

Matchup Details

Game One

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time: 7:00pm PST

Location: Bellingham Sportsplex

 

Game Two

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time: 7:00pm PST

Location: Bellingham Sportsplex

 

 

Matchup Notes

Total Team Effort - The scoring load has been spread equally across the Eugene roster in the season's first month of play, and last weekend in the Midwest was no exception. Ten different goal scorers combined to light the lamp a total of fourteen times for the Generals at the USPHL Chicago Showcase.

Frantz Fights For Top Spot - With last season's primary goaltender Christopher Alexakis still recovering from a lower body injury, goaltender Jamie Frantz has taken full advantage of the playing time afforded to him. The Seattle native posted a .919 save percentage in three games played at the Chicago Showcase while also earning his first career USPHL Showcase Series win. 

Familiar Foe(s) - Five members of the WWU Vikings have prior experience playing against the Generals: Brett Baker (West Sound Warriors), Aiden Knabb (West Sound Warriors), Mark MacDonald (Bellingham Blazers), Robert MacDonald (Bellingham Blazers), and Kyle Neal (Puget Sound Tomahawks). Two other Vikings have ties to current Generals players as Jack McCallum and Eugene's Jackson Baughman are both products of the Santa Rosa Flyers while Evan Cloutier and Eugene's Nathan Leach each formerly played for the Tacoma Rockets youth program.

 

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