Ducks Extend Winning Streak to Five
EUGENE - After a rough start to the season, the Ducks have been firing on all cylinders lately, riding a four-game win streak into Friday night’s game—a streak they continued thanks to a 5-2 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Gonzaga’s Zach Gustlin scored less than five minutes into the period, but it would be their one and only lead of the evening. A minute later, Jackson Howery converted on a Derek Armstrong pass, beating goaltender Tristan Seyer to tie the game. Dominik Estrada earned the secondary assist at 5:53.
Oregon would score twice more during the opening frame. Captain Trevor Shott took control of the puck deep in his own zone and raced up the right side on a 2-on-1 with newcomer Cavin McClare. Shott slid a pass beyond the reach of the Gonzaga defenseman, which McClare directed past the sprawling Seyer at 7:56.
To double the lead, Tord Strangeland corralled the puck at the blue line and passed it to Warren Berg. Berg threw the puck on net and Shott earned the tip-in at 13:53. The Ducks and Bulldogs headed into the locker rooms with the home team up by a score of 3-1.
Aleksei Gendron for Gonzaga would be the lone scorer during the second period, capitalizing on a Payton Barclay penalty. Gustlin and Evans registered assists at 10:24.
Two more Ducks goals in the final twenty minutes of play would seal the game. Only 2:14 into the period, Berg controlled the puck at the blue line then shoveled it on to Andrew Lee. Lee connected a pass of his own to Kiernan Gillooley at the net, and just like that the Ducks regained their two-goal cushion.
At 6:29, Berg once again started the play. His pass to center bounced off the skate of a Gonzaga player and ended up on Nathan Lutz’s stick. Lutz backhanded it to Shott, who executed a nifty move in the blue paint and flicked the puck into the net over Seyer’s shoulder.
The 5-2 score would stand as Oregon added a fifth-straight win to their season.
The Ducks and the Bulldogs finish their series tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at The Rink Exchange. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.