Hockey Talk Sept. 3 — Ducks face bag-skate

By Jim den Hollander


The Dells Ducks will wrap up week two of its pre-season training camp this weekend with some hard work and celebration of Labor Day.

Following a tough ‘bag skate’ on Friday (Sept. 3) there was no yoga/fitness scheduled and players returned to the ice for their normal skills skate Friday afternoon. Several players were planning to once again take in a football game as the local high school team, the Wisconsin Dells High School Chiefs attempt to start the season with a third straight win for the first time in several seasons.

On Saturday, players are scheduled to take part in a four-team full ice three-on-three event. While the primary prize will be “bragging rights,” according to Assistant Coach Mario Lachica, those are high stakes on this close knit and highly competitive squad.

The rest of the weekend schedule is not known as of this writing, but Head Coach Shaun Falzone said earlier it would would be fairly light and he will allow the players a chance to enjoy the holiday weekend before returning to work in the team’s first game week of the season.

The team will prepare for a series of exhibition games to be played in Detroit Sept. 10-12 and that will officially kick off the start of preparation for the USPHL regular season the following weekend.

Happy Birthday – Geno Semeniuk

Geno Semeniuk, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, spent 18 games with the Dells Ducks in the 2018-19 regular season, one of three junior squads he played for between 2017-18 and 2019-20. While with the Ducks, Semeniuk, a smooth skating forward, chipped in four goals and 10 points. and the Dells Ducks would like to wish Geno a Happy 22nd Birthday. Unfortunately, there are no photos available from that season other than this team picture taken after the team’s improbably playoff sweep of the Hudson Havoc. Semeniuk is on the far right of the back row.