- Created: 18 December 2015
The Eugene Generals (13-9-0-0) beat the Seattle Ravens (6-13-1-1) 4-2 Friday night at the Rink Exchange.
With their thirteenth victory of the 2015-16 season, the Generals have already matched their win total from all of last year—and in twenty fewer games.
After a relatively quiet sixteen minutes of play, Dustin Gomez put back a rebound shot behind Seattle goalie Josh Stone for the first goal of the night. His goal came at 16:13 of the first period, with the assist credited to Kory Palmer.
Eugene began to seize control of the game with three goals in the second period. At 5:32, defenseman Brett Sparks backhanded a shot in the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Cole Bloemer followed with his first score of the night, coming at the 11:58 mark of the period. With just three seconds left in the second period, Palmer connected on a pass from Gomez to go into the final intermission with a 4-0 lead.
The Ravens would not go quietly into the night, as they fought back to make things interesting in the third period. Midway through the final frame at 9:19, Jake Best lit the lamp for the team’s first goal of the contest. In a scramble for the puck in front of the net, Seattle’s Ryan Donlan came out and scored to cut the Generals’ lead to 4-2 with 2:51 left in the game.
As the Ravens pulled their goalie in the last minute to try and force overtime, a slashing penalty against them effectively ended their hopes of beating the Generals tonight.
Generals goalie Zealand Walterscheid once again played well in net, as he only allowed two goals on 35 shots against during the sixty minutes of play. With tonight’s win, the New Mexico native now moves to 5-2 on the season.
Transitioning to tomorrow’s action, the Generals will be holding their 1st Annual Blood Drive at the Rink Exchange, thanks to the Lane Blood Center. The blood drive will go from 4 PM-7 PM, leading up to the Generals-Ravens game at 7:35. The Generals will also be wearing zombie-themed jerseys for one night only to help raise awareness for the importance of donating blood.
Those who donate blood tomorrow receive free tickets to the Generals-Ravens game at 7:35. In addition to that, donors are also automatically entered for a chance to win one of the zombie jerseys; the winner of the jersey raffle will be announced after the second period of tomorrow’s game.
Aside from raising awareness of blood donations through the zombie jerseys, the Generals players have also done something very unique to promote the blood drive. With the help of University of Oregon's Allen Hall Advertising, the Generals players took part in a music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”—but with their own twist on it! See the final product of the video below.
For more information about the Generals' First Annual Blood Drive, visit www.eugenegenerals.com to find out how you can help.
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