After backstopping the Dells Ducks junior hockey team to a huge playoff upset last season, Emil Normann, 21, from Kungsbacka, Sweden has taken the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) by storm this season.
As a freshman at Buffalo State College, Normann has appeared in a dozen games for the Bengals this season, posting a 6-6 record with one shutout, a 2.20 Goals Against Average and a .935 Save Percentage. Those stats are good enough for the netminder to be named SUNYAC Goaltender of the week twice in November.
This past weekend, Normann appeared in both games and despite a 58 save weekend he was saddled with a pair of defeats in shutout losses to both first place Geneseo Knights (lost 4-0) on the road and third place Brockport Golden Eagles (lost 2-0) on home ice at the Ice Arena.
This weekend, the fourth place Bengals (7-6-1, 11-10-2 Overall) will wrap up the SUNYAC season with a pair of road games at second place Oswego State (10-3-1, 13-9-1) against the Lakers on Friday night and then at Cortland (5-9-0, 12-10-1) to face the Red Dragons.
Normann and the Bengals will be looking to hang on to fourth place or possibly climb higher, ensuring home ice advantage for the SUNYAC Quarter-finals which will be played on Wednesday night.
The Dells Ducks will wrap up its United States Premier Hockey League Premier Midwest-West Division regular season this weekend at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena against the Minnesota Moose.
The Ducks officially clinched the eighth and final playoff spot in the division last weekend and could move to seventh with two wins this weekend.
Game time on both nights – Friday and Saturday – is 7 p.m.
The regular season finale has some special attractions, highlighted by the local junior team honoring the team South Central Cyclones teams that have earned berths at their respective state tournaments.
The Squirt B Cyclones will be one of eight teams competing in the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) 10U (Squirt) 2B Championship tournament at Menomonie March 7-8 and the 12U Badger Lightning girls will not only be attending, but hosting, the WAHA 12U B State Championship Tournament at Reedsburg Area Community Arena (RACA) March 14-15.
Also, on Saturday, anyone who attends a Public Skating session at the Poppy (see lakedeltonice.com for information on cost) from 4-6 p.m. will be granted free admission to the game that follows. This will also be the final chance this season to skate with the Ducks after the game, a tradition that goes back to the team’s first season.
Playoffs will begin the following weekend and Ducks will be on the road.