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Generals meet defending champions for title.

Byline: Chris Hansen The Register-Guard

Beginning tonight, the Eugene Generals will attempt to become the second straight team to win the Junior-B Northern Pacific Hockey League championship in just its first season.

If they do so, it'll come against the team that set the precedent last year, the Queen City Cutthroats from Helena, Mont.

The Generals and Cutthroats open the best-of-five Cascade Cup championship finals tonight at the Lane Ice Center at 7:35. Game 2 will be at the same time Saturday. The series will then move to Helena next weekend for the final three games, or however many games are necessary.

"We definitely have our work cut out for us," Eugene coach Robert Freeland said. "Queen City is the defending champion, but we definitely shouldn't be counted out."

The Generals finished the regular season tied with Puget Sound for second place in the Western Division with a 31-13 record, though through a tiebreaker formula Eugene went into the playoffs as the third seed out of the West.

The Generals beat Puget Sound in three games in the first round, then beat Tri-City in the Western Division championship series, three games to one.

Queen City followed its championship year with another strong season, winning the Eastern Division with a record of 33-11. The Cutthroats defeated Coeur d'Alene in two games in the first round and Spokane in five games in the Eastern Division championship series.

Eugene won all three games against Queen City during the regular season.

"When we saw them, they were a very aggressive team," Freeland said. "They're going to take it to you."
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Date:Mar 10, 2006
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