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NORPAC Preview: Generals Charge into Glacier - Junior Hockey News

Published: Friday, 25 Jan 2013
By: NORPAC Staff

The Northern Pacific Hockey League teams are gearing up for another big weekend as Eugene travels to Glacier, West Sound is at Tri-Cities, and Bellingham goes to Vancouver before Sunday's finally with the Vipers taking another shot at the Warriors in Bremerton.

Eugene Generals (17-11-0-1) at Glacier (13-4-1-0) Friday and SaturdayThe Glacier Nationals may be second guessing their expected move to the American West Hockey League after this season. They certainly are much more competitive with the NORPAC teams. The Generals will have do whatever possible to stop Glacier's trio of Tucker Spooner (28g, 13a), Sebastian Adell (9g, 20a), and Austin Givens (23g, 15a) from lighting the lamp this weekend if they are going to have any success on this big road-trip. Eugene's Gabriel Mier y Teran (11-7-0-0, 4.19 GAA, .866 SV%) is a workhorse between the pipes and will have to stand on his head this weekend.

Bellingham Blazers (13-16-1-0) at Vancouver Vipers (2-26-0-0) Friday and SaturdayThe Vipers' big 18-game losing streak WILL eventually come to an end, Vancouver is playing decent hockey and have been competitive since the arrival of the Twigg brothers just five games ago. Trey(3g,2a) and Jalen (5g,1a) have given the team firepower to go along with Cody Dettman's (14g,16a) efforts. Firepower, that is the word that best describes Bellingham's ability to score in bunches. Cody Rich (32g,18a) and Mason Wade (11g, 26a) have been giving NORPAC netminders headaches all season.

 West Sound Warriors (24-5-0-0) at Tri-Cities Outlaws (13-15-2-0) Friday and SaturdayThe Warriors re-established their position as the league's best with last weekend's sweep at Bellingham. West Sound has every intention of extending their winning streak to eight games this weekend at Tri-Cities. The Outlaws are going to need a lot of defense to stop the Warriors' Kai Wilkins (38g, 51a) from continuing his charge towards the 100-point mark. With Josh Twietmeyer's (31g, 38a) production out again for the weekend, Wilkins will be expected to carry even more of the load.

Vancouver Vipers (2-26-0-0) at West Sound Warriors (24-5-0-0) Sunday - The Warriors' Wilkins will score early and often against Vancouver if history is to repeat itself on Sunday. The Wenatchee native has scored more than a third of his 89-points (9g, 21a) in the seven-games played against the Vipers this season. 


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