Jimmy D’s top 10 games — #6

 

Ducks stave off Bush Cup elimination (2015)

The Dells Ducks were on a mission in the 2014-15 season to finally lay claim to the Minnesota Junior Hockey League’s Bush Cup.

But the team endured more than a detour on the road to the championship in the spring of 2015. In fact, the road swerved in Dead Man’s Curve fashion when the teams biggest rival, the Rochester Ice Hawks opened the Best of Three Championship series with a 5-2 win in Lake Delton.

Ducks didn’t get a chance to celebrate much in the opening game of their Bush Cup Championship Series in 2015 but they made up for it with an awesome 5-1 win in front of a packed house in Rochester a night later

The Ducks spent most of the season chasing the Ice Hawks who racked up a long season opening winning streak to grab control. The Ducks however were equally as dominant down the stretch and the teams crossed the finish line together with matching 35-6-1 regular season records.

The Ducks were given the nod as regular season champions and both teams were dominant in their opening playoff rounds, the Ducks breezing past Ironwood Yoopers and the For

 

est Lake Lakers while the Ice Hawks downed the Minnesota Owls and Hudson Crusaders in division play. Final Four crossover matches saw the Ducks getting by Wooster Oilers and the Ice Hawks advanced past the Illiana Blackbirds

The Icehawks defeated the Ducks a few times during the season, but all the late season meetings went the Ducks way, so the home fans and Ducks players were a little stunned by the opening game loss. But just like that, the team was looking at the prospect of missing out on Nationals unless they could pull out a win in front of a huge, always loud and mean Ice Hawks’ home crowd.

About 30 hard core Ducks fans made the trip to Rochester for Game 2 on the Saturday night, sitting right behind the Ducks’ bench and witnessing the team’s get up off the mat 5-1 in game two of the Best of Three Bush Cup Championship series, meaning for the third year in a row, the Ducks were heading into a winner-take-all game for the Championship trophy.

But that’s another story.

Ducks pre-season games cancelled

Pre-Season Games originally scheduled for Saturday (September 19) for the Dells Ducks against the Rochester Vipers have been cancelled due to unpreventable circumstances.

The Ducks now prepare for their home opening contests next Friday and Saturday (September 25-26) against the Chicago Cougars.

The home opening weekend will have extra festivities with two teams of former Ducks players in town for a pair of alumni matches. The alumni games will begin at 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday followed by Dells Ducks- Chicago Cougars warm ups at 6:30 and puck drop on the game at 7.

Among those in attendance on the weekend will be Colin Cross, a former Ducks’ player who now has a band in Nashville, Tennessee. Cross and his bandmates will be in town and following the Ducks game Friday night, they will perform at Bobbers Island Grill.

Saturday will be similar with the 5 p.m. Alumni contest followed by the Ducks vs. Chicago Cougars at 7 p.m.

This will be the first two of seven straight home games for the Ducks to open the 2020-21 regular season.