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Generals Hope to Rebound against Red Hot Fort Vancouver

The Eugene Generals (3-1) will host the Fort Vancouver Pioneers (4-0) this Friday and Saturday at 7:35 at Lane Events Center-Ice. The Generals come into the series on a one game losing streak; after being crushed 7-2 by the Seattle Totems. The Pioneers, on the other hand, have won all four games they’ve been on the ice for this season, and have outscored their opponents 35-5 in those four games. “The Pioneers are a great team, and they should be given the respect for how they’ve played so far,” Generals Head Coach Chris Hartly stated. “We can’t make the mistakes we made against the Totems, and hope to beat Fort Vancouver. We will have to be at the top of our game, and play smart hockey.”

The Pioneers will have their sights set on the Generals, who won the season series 4-2 during the 2005-06 campaign. Fort Vancouver has scored seven more goals than anybody in the league, has more shots than any team in the league, and has the third best shooting percentage in the league. They Pioneers have scored on 25% of their power-play opportunities, and only allow goals on just of 6% of their penalty-kills. Both of the Fort Vancouver goalies boast over .957 in SV %, and twelve Fort Vancouver players have at least 4 points on the season. Although these seem like daunting numbers, the Generals shouldn’t be counted out. “If the games were played on paper we wouldn’t have to suit up 44 times during the regular season,” Coach Hartly stated.

There certainly is no love loss between the Generals and the Pioneers. The Pioneers, who many regarded as the best team in the NOR PAC at the beginning of last season, were upset by the Generals in the first two games of the Generals Inaugural season. In their first four games of this season, the Generals have shown moments of brilliance, but have been plagued by inopportune penalties and sometimes lackluster play. The Generals have only put one solid period of play together of the twelve this season (2nd period 9-16 vs. River City). If the Generals hope to take down might Fort Vancouver they will have to string six solid periods together.

The Generals games this weekend will be broadcast on GiTV. For more information on GiTV or upcoming Eugene Generals games please visit www.eugenegenerals.com.

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For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals
541-359-4154 (office)
541-680-6222 (cell)