By JIm den Hollander
The Dells Ducks rallied back from a pair of lopsided defeats the previous weekend with a thrilling 5-4 overtime edge against the Chicago Cougars for the team’s first win of the 2021-22 USPHL Premier regular season.
A marked improvement was already in place on Wednesday night when the Ducks played host to the UW-Oshkosh Titans and the team showed character battling back from a two-goal deficit twice before grabbing its first lead of the game and the season when Bryce Jacobsen (‘02/DeForest, WI) slammed home a pass from Caden Glamkowski (‘04/St. Charles, IL)with just under two minutes to go in the overtime period.
For Jacobsen, the goal was his third point of the night while Caden Glamkowski finished with two goals and two assists. Jacob Cartland (‘02/East Troy, WI) fired the other two goals.
The Cougars built a 2-0 lead through the game’s first six minutes with goals from Brenden Miranda (‘03/Romeoville, IL) and Michael Sliwinski (‘01/Franklin Park, IL).
Cartland got the Ducks on the board with his second goal of the season with 8;12 to play in the opening frame then added another on a Ducks’ powerplay a little more than four minutes later.
Teams were even heading to the middle frame, but goals from Andreas Zorn (‘02/Chicago, IL) and Daniel Danko (‘02/Skokie, IL) restored the Cats’ two-goal cushion.
A key point for the Ducks came late in the middle period when they killed off its first two-minute minor of the game and another 90 seconds or so of sustained pressure before the second period buzzer sounded.
Glamkowski made it a one-goal contest 3:09 into the period and pulled his team even with his second goal a little after three minutes later, tying the game and setting the stage for Jacobsen’s overtime heroics.
Anthony Falzone (‘03/St. Charlies, IL) turned in easily his best effort in a Ducks’ uniform, kicking out 60 Cougars’ shots while the Ducks tested MIke Lenhart (‘01/Syracuse, NY) stopped 32 in goal for the Cougs.
The same two teams are scheduled to square off again Saturday (September 25) at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Delton Ice Arena.