After a disappointing homestand in which they dropped two of three games, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles are back on the road for three more games, beginning tonight (5:30 p.m.) in Muskegon.
The Eagles will be without goaltender Steve Guenette, who has been called up by the Calgary Flames to fill in for Rick Wamsley, who has a hand injury.Salt Lake Coach Bobby Francis will be looking to get some more scoring from his front-line players such as Marc Bureau, Rich Chernomaz and Randy Bucyk. Last week, the Eagles got some good goaltending from three different goalies (Wayne Cowley, Warren Sharples and Guenette), but were lacking in the scoring department (six goals total).
The Lumberjacks have 12 players returning from last year's East Division title team. One of their new players, defenseman Jim Kyte, played nine seasons in the NHL before playing in his first minor-league game when he opened this season. Three former Eagle players, Jock Collander, Mike Mersch and Perry Gancher, play for Muskegon.
Because of expansion, these two teams meet only four times this season. Their next meeting won't be until Feb. 20 in the Salt Palace.
After tonight, the Eagles move on to play the expansion Kansas City Blades Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home for a pair of games with San Diego.