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
Eugene Generals (17-11-0-1) at Glacier (13-4-1-0) Friday and Saturday- The 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 Saturday- The
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 Saturday- The 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.