Ducks Open Season Against Generals
September 29, 2018
Friday night’s puck drop against the Eugene Generals (1-1-0) will mark the commencement of the 2018-2019 University Of Oregon (0-0-0) hockey season. This 2-game series will be the Eugene Generals second time playing this season after participating in a split series against the Western Washington University Vikings in Bellingham earlier this month.
The Duck’s inaugural game against the Generals took place just last year and has since formed a rivalry within the Eugene community.
Oregon Ducks hockey is back! Friday night’s preseason puck drop against the Eugene Generals (1-1-0) will mark the beginning of the University of Oregon’s 2018-2019 hockey season. The Ducks look to start their season off with a bang just 2 days after finishing tryouts. With no practices under their belt, it will be interesting to see how the Ducks perform against the Gens in what has become a fun rivalry within the Eugene community. Both teams expect to have fans filling The Rink Exchange as they face off against each other.
This will not be the Duck’s first time opening against a junior hockey team as they have experience beginning their season playing teams such as the Southern Oregon Spartans in Medford, Oregon.
The first game will mark the start of the season not only for returning players, but will also be the first collegiate hockey game for many of the new Duck players. New team members to look out for at the season opener include recruits like forward Kirt Fortney; forward Austin Charnholm; forward Luke Chamberlain; defenseman Austin Pultz; defenseman Nick Power; and goaltender Grayson Parkes. Other new players include Boise State transfer and Eugene native Connor Hoernlein; Arkansas transfer and Ashland native Paiute Morrison; Portland State alum and grad student Bryan Freitag; and new freshmen Dylan Conway, Liam Dauphinee, Charles Gearing, Jack Geraghty, and Zach Schultz all who are excited to play their first college hockey game.
The Duck’s enter this season coming off of their 2017-2018 record of 15-14-0-2, while the Generals look to bounce back from a rocky season. The Generals are in their second season as an Independent Junior team. The Ducks have prevailed over the Generals in the past, winning three out of four games against one another last season.
To attend Friday’s game, tickets will be available for purchase in the Rink Exchange lobby starting one hour prior to puck drop or season tickets can be purchased using the link on the Oregon Ducks Hockey website. Prices vary and must be paid with cash only. ATM available at the Rink Exchange.
The game will be available for streaming on the Oregon Hockey Live Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14-jkqk7LN4
Puck drop for both games is at 7:35 PM.