Puget Sound is on the road for a three-game series in
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
“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
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.
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
So. Oregon 3-3
Puget Sound 1-5
River City 0-6