Washington vs. Oregon Game 2 [10/05/19]
By: Nathan Garcia
EUGENE - The biggest Oregon Ducks game on Saturday the 10th wasn't at Autzen, It was 15 minutes away at the Rink Exchange as the Ducks hockey team looked to win their series versus the Huskies after taking game one Friday night.
It was freshman goalie Rodney Peterson who got the nod for game two. Peterson played for Minnetonka High School in Minnesota and looked impressive in his season debut.
It wasn't until late in the first, till the Ducks got on the board. The powerplay stayed hot as Andrew Lee got his second of the weekend chipping home a rebound goal to make it 1-0 (0:11 assisted by Charnholm and Fortney).
A goal eleven seconds before the period ended wouldn't satisfy the Ducks, so with two seconds remaining Austin Charnholm pulled out his sniper and buried a slap shot goal from the point. His second of the weekend (0:02 assisted by Rendell and Fortney).
Tempers tend to flare in the second game of a double header, and they did just that. Halfway through the second a scrum broke out leading to a player on each team getting ejected. This set the tone for a combined fifteen penalties the rest of the game.
After things settled down in the second, a two on one break led to penalty kill specialist, Andrew Lee finishing off a beautiful saucer pass from Austin Charnholm (assisted by Charnholm and Fortney).
Star forward Connor Hoernlein kept the scoring going, tucking home a beautiful forehand backhand breakaway before the end of the period (3:27 assisted by Lee).
Washington would finally crack Peterson early in 3rd but despite their pressure, Oregon struck again, this time from sophomore forward Zach Shultz to make it 5-1 (14:46 assisted by Hoernlein and Lee).
Just thirty two seconds later Washington would strike back but that would be it for them, as Oregon got a lucky bounce off Sophomore Charles Gearing and won the game 6-2 (12:19 assisted by Lee).
The Ducks continued their dominance over the Huskies, taking the weekend series 2-0. They will see them again in Seattle on January 24th and 25th.
For future home games, the Ducks will be back in Eugene on November 1st to take on California Berkeley, the team they took the Pac 8 championship from back in February.
3 Stars 1. SR - Andrew Lee (2 goals, 3 Assists) 2. FR- Kirt Fortney (3 assists) 3. FR- Rodney Peterson (29 saves)