- Created: 23 October 2008
The Eugene Generals (6-2) will travel to Mountlake Terrace, WA tomorrow for games Friday and Saturday against the NORPAC Pacific Division leader Seattle Totems (10-1). The Totems, who were the NORPAC Pacific Division Champions last season, lead the league in goals, and haven’t lost a game at Olympic View Ice Arena this season.
“We haven’t faced a team as tough as Seattle this season,” Generals Head Coach Jay Miller stated. “The Totems know what it takes to win, and we’ll have to play extremely well to have a chance at winning this weekend. We will have to stick to our systems, and play defensive hockey. If we can do that, and give 100% effort, we should have a good chance this weekend. If we don’t accomplish those goals the Totems have the talent to take advantage of every mistake we make.”
One area where the Generals can take advantage of the Totems is to stay out of the box. The Totems have taken 445 minutes worth of penalties, which leads NORPAC, and the Generals have taken 259 minutes worth of penalties, which is fourth in the Pacific Division.
The Generals and the Totems are fairly close is special teams play. The Generals have the best power play percentage in the Pacific Division scoring on 21.05% of their opportunities, but the Totems are a close second scoring on 20.29% of their opportunities. The Generals also lead the Pacific Division with a 91.23% penalty killing percentage, but, once again, the Totems are a close second with an 89.80% penalty killing percentage. If the Totems take penalties and the Generals stay out of the box they will have their opportunities to put pucks in the net.
The Generals will also have to stop the potent scorers that the Totems possess. Kyle Stoumbaugh leads the league in points (28), and Tanner Schulze is in a close second (26). Spencer Galvin is fourth in the league in points (16). The Generals will have to play strong defensive hockey against those three players, and will have to get big games from their leading scorers.
The two games this weekend should be very fast physical games, and should provide a lot of information for both teams on how strong the other one is at this point in the season.
The games this Friday at 6:50 PM and Saturday at 6:55 PM at Olympic View Ice Arena will be broadcast in audio only on GiTV. For more information on upcoming games or GiTV please visit eugenegenerals.com.
For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals