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Weekend Preview: Generals, Blood Drives, and Zombie Jerseys

The Eugene Generals (12-9-0-0) will host the Seattle Ravens (6-12-1-1) at the Rink Exchange in their last two games of 2015.

Facing the expansion Ravens, the Generals will play the Northern Pacific Hockey League’s (NPHL) newest franchise for the first time in Eugene. The two teams will square off Friday and Saturday night, both starting at 7:35 PM.

Also for the first time ever, the Generals will hold their 1st Annual Blood Drive, presented by the Lane Blood Center and Health and Safety Institute (HSI). On Saturday from 4-7 PM, the Lane Blood Center will be bringing one of their buses where anyone can donate whole blood. Those who donate blood outside the Rink Exchange on Saturday receive free tickets to the Generals-Ravens game on Saturday. 

In addition to holding their first blood drive, the Generals will also be sporting their "zombie jerseys" (see below) in an effort to increase awareness for the event and the importance of blood donations. Along with winning free tickets to Saturday’s game, fans who donate whole blood on Saturday are also automatically entered for a chance to win a free zombie-themed jersey. The winner of the limited “zombie” jersey will be announced after the second period of Saturday’s game.ZombiePromo Web1

The Generals are coming off their best win of the season, coming last Thursday against the Wenatchee Wolves, who at the time were the only undefeated Tier III junior hockey team in the country. Thanks to stellar defense and goaltending from Chris Pritchard, the Generals were able to stymie their prolific offense and limit them to just one goal in a well-earned 2-1 win.

Pritchard’s performance against the Wolves last Thursday was undoubtedly not just his best of the year, but also of his Generals career. The third-year veteran from Tualatin, Oregon stopped 51 of 52 shots from the Wolves, including a bombardment of 24 shots in the third period alone. His 51 saves are the most Pritchard has recorded in a game this season, which also helped catapult him to earn NPHL’s Goalie of the Month.

After a bye last weekend, the Ravens are back in action for their last two games before the holidays as well. Two weeks ago, the Ravens faced the Bellingham Blazers for a home and away contest. In the weekend’s first matchup on December 4th, the Ravens and Blazers went back and forth in a game which had to be decided in overtime. Ultimately, the Blazers scored two minutes into the overtime to beat Seattle 3-2. The next night, the Ravens could not get anything going offensively, as they were shutout 5-0 in Bellingham.

In four meetings between the Generals and Ravens so far this season, three of the games have been determined by a single goal. The Generals have won three of the four matchups, which have all been played on the Ravens’ home ice in Kent, Washington. The Ravens won the last meeting 2-1 back on October 10th, which was the Generals’ first loss of the 2015-16 season.

With twelve wins on the season, the Generals are already one victory away from matching last year’s win total of thirteen. If the Generals are to surpass last season’s win total with a two-game sweep this weekend, they will have to do so against one of the league’s best goaltenders, Seattle’s Justin Nelson. Against Eugene this season, Nelson has posted a 96.5% save percentage and accounted for the team’s win by recording 44 saves on 45 shots.

For those who are interested in donating blood on Saturday before the Generals-Ravens game, there are a few ways to sign up. First, you can call the Lane Blood Center at 541-484-9111, or visit their website at www.laneblood.org to register. You can also contact Communications Director Ryan Colby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to donate at the 1st Generals Blood Drive on Saturday, December 19th.

Tickets for the last games of 2015 are available online at eugenegenerals.com. For those cannot make it either game, the Eugene Generals Hockey Network (EGHN) will broadcast both games live online. Associate General Manager Alex Stimson will be the host and provide play-by-coverage both nights.

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For more information:
Ryan Colby
Director of Communications
Eugene Generals
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541-359-4154 (office)
425-233-0890 (cell)