The Dells Ducks collected its third straight weekend split this past weekend and collected three of four points against the visiting Rochester Vipers following a 3-2 loss in overtime Friday and a bounce back 4-0 win Saturday.
They will be looking for a similar, if not better performance when they hit the road to play a Friday/Saturday pair against the defending USPHL Midwest-West Division champion Minnesota Moose.
Penalties – in particular three majors, were costly in the Friday night game at Poppy Waterman Ice Arena as the Ducks gave up a 3-2 decision in overtime after holding 1-0 and 2-1 leads earlier in the contest.
Luke Marks and Jason Heard fired the Ducks goals and Tyler Szturm turned in a 27-save effort between the pipes.
The following night, Jack Lundqvist, from Stockholm, Sweden stopped all of the 31 shots he faced to grab the shutout win and Heard opened the scoring 13:12 into the contest with the game winner.
The Ducks led 2-0 after a period adding another pair in the third, including the first of the career of Ben Scruton, the Ducks’ 16-year-old forward from Chicago.
Marks and Chris Wracker fired the other Ducks goals.
This weekend’s games in Blaine will be the first of four against the Moose with the return games wrapping up the regular season at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena February 21-22.
In between, the Ducks will travel to the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Ill. to play the Chicago Cougars next Thursday, making up a game originally postponed due to weather in January.