- Created: 05 October 2006
After starting the season with a perfect 3-0 record the Eugene Generals looked to be headed down the same path as last season when they won their first eight games of the season. The thought of that happening was crushed against the Totems in their fourth game of the 2006-07 campaign. The Generals were also defeated by the rival Fort Vancouver Pioneers in their last two games. The Generals enter this weekend with an average 3-3 record, and hope to stop their losing ways against the 5-1 Puget Sound Tomahawks in Bremerton, WA.
“I don’t feel like we were outmatched in any of the games we’ve played in this season,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly stated. “We’ve played well for the majority of the games, but we’ve made a few stupid mistakes and taken way too many penalties. I’ve said it before, but we have to cut down on the penalties and stop making stupid mistakes if we want to come away with any victory.”
For the second week in a row, the Generals are playing a rival team. The Generals and Tomahawks formed their rivalry in the Western Division Semi-finals. The Generals won the first game in Eugene in dominant fashion, but the Tomahawks turned it right around the next game in Bremerton. Everybody was expecting the Tomahawks to blow the Generals out of the water in the deciding game 3, but the Generals played their best game of the season and shut out to Tomahawks 4-0. The rivalry had already been solidified by the third period of that game, but it was intensified when the Tomahawks started to intentionally try to injure some of the Generals players. The play got so intense that the referee’s had to stop the game with 46 seconds left.
The Tomahawks are ranked second in the league, trailing only Fort Vancouver, in scoring. They have tallied an impressive 40 goals in their first six games of the season. Half of the scoring has come from just three players, however. Markus Ward, Gerry Holland, and Aaron Morris have combined for 20 of the team’s 40 goals, and Markus Ward has put in a staggering 10 goals. The key to stopping the Tomahawks for the Generals will be stopping those three players, and especially stopping Ward.
The Generals are on the other end of the spectrum in terms of goals. They have scored 28 goals in their first six games (5th in NOR PAC), but not one player has more than four goals. Lucas Romero, Ryan Schank, and Steven Slattery all have four goals for the Generals this season. Ten other players have scored at least once for the Generals. The key for Puget Sound will be stopping the Generals, not just a few players. Either way, these will two games that shouldn’t be missed.
The Generals will be broadcasting the games this weekend in audio only on GiTV. For more information on upcoming games or GiTV please visit www.eugenegenerals.com.
For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals