- Created: 29 September 2018
The Eugene Generals (2-2-0) were not able to come away with the series sweep versus the University of Oregon, losing 7-1 to the Ducks on Saturday night at The Rink Exchange.
With the loss, the Generals will have to settle with its second split in as many series in the young 2018-19 season. The Ducks came away with their first win of the season as they look ahead to Eastern Washington University next week.
On Friday, Eugene came away with a thrilling 4-3, shootout win over the Ducks. The Generals looked to ride the momentum of its big win into Saturday’s matchup, but the night belonged to the Ducks.
After having to come from behind three separate times on Friday night, Eugene had a prime opportunity in the opening minutes of the game to take an early lead on the power play. The Generals, however, came up empty on the man advantage.
Following the penalty kill by the Ducks, the first period went back-and-forth, with the Generals and Ducks controlling the puck and finding scoring opportunities. At the 16:28 mark of the first period, a checking penalty from the Ducks’ Dominic Estrada put the Generals back on the power-play.
Just as they had done in the opening minutes, though, the Ducks were able to hold off the Generals power play towards the end of the first period.
This time, however, the missed opportunity came back to hurt the Generals. With 32 seconds remaining in the first period, Kirt Fortney scored an unassisted goal to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Ducks doubled their lead with 10:58 remaining in the second period. Nine seconds into a power play, Jack Geraghty squeezed one by Generals goalkeeper Skyler Larsen to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead. Geraghty’s goal ended up being the only time that either team found the back of the net in the period.
Coming from Bend, Oregon, Saturday night was Larsen’s first start in goal for Eugene. The 20-year-old battled through the first two periods to keep the Generals in the game. However, the Ducks pulled away in the third period, scoring five goals to put away the Generals to salvage a series split.
With 2:16 remaining in the game, the Generals’ Alex Clark scored his second goal of the season to put Eugene on the board in the game’s closing minutes.
On Tuesday, the Generals travel to the east coast to play competition from the Eastern Hockey League.