Tomahawks South Bound, But Not Down

Puget Sound is on the road for a three-game series in Oregon.

The Puget Sound Tomahawks will arrive in Medford, Ore., Thursday looking to kick start a successful road trip.

The Tomahawks face the Southern Oregon Spartans at 7:30 p.m. in a NOR-PAC Junior A West Division hockey league game Thursday and Friday. They will travel to Eugene on Saturday. 

Puget Sound coach Jason Quinn said the Spartans (3-3) are a good team and recruited well in the off-season, but tend to play up and down.

“Really, they’re a very emotional team,” he said, adding if the Tomahawks can stay out of the penalty box they can do some good things beyond the blue line.

“We’ve got to stay disciplined,” he said.

That hasn’t exactly been easy for Puget Sound lately.

The Tomahawks allowed 5 of 6 power play goals in their 9-1 loss to Eugene last Saturday. Three of those goals came in the second period — when the Generals outscored Puget Sound 7-1.

“We had one period where we stopped moving our feet and got beat,” he said.

Puget Sound’s main goal is to play a full 60 minutes, Quinn said, adding it’s been harder without a full roster.

“Having three-and-a-half lines instead of four lines…mentally (we’re) a little tired,” he said.

The Tomahawks added two players last week and brought in two more this week.

Forward Chad Loera played 12 games for the Tomahawks last year and returned to the team this week and will be available to play. 

The Tomahawks also picked up forward J.R. Preisser, who played in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and the Western States Junior Hockey League. He’s been practicing with the team and could be available next week. 

ICE CHIPS

Forward Eric Schmit, who turned 18 on Wednesday, leads the Tomahawks with three goals. … Despite a shuffling starting lineup in net, Long Island, N.Y. native Todd Scarola leads PS with 192:04 minutes between the pipes. Scarola is 1-2 with a .893 save percentage (142 saves) and a 5.31 goals against average. … Seattle has shot to the top of the West Division and taken a commanding lead. The Totems are 10-0 and lead the league with 20 points. Both Helena and Missoula of the America West Division are 5-0 with 10 points. … Bozeman goalie Taylor D’Agostino and Billings forward Jesse Kantanen were named the defensive and offensive players of the week. D’Agostino earned his first career shut out last week and posted a 3-1 record with a 3.56 GAA and a .911 save percentage for the Icedogs. Kantanen scored two goals and had three assists last weekend for the Bulls.

All three games can be viewed online at fasthockey.com

NOR-PAC League Standings

Team                W-L             Pts.

Seattle              10-0             20

Eugene             4-4                 8

So. Oregon      3-3                6

Puget Sound   1-5                 2

River City        0-6                0

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