The Ducks are closing in on its first meetings with the always tough Minnesota Moose with some cautious optimism.
Early in the pre-season and into the opening pair of games against the Rum River Mallards, on-ice communication was slowly developing, but the team looked sharp in spots against the Chicago Cougars two weekends ago.
After their second practice of the day Wednesday afternoon at the Lake Delton Ice Arena, Head Coach Shaun Falzone and forward Bryce Jacobsen, one of the few Ducks players who has faced the Moose before, discussed what is going on with the team heading into a tough weekend.
Falzone had good news in his interview announcing the return to practice of Caden Glamkowski who has been sidelined for a while and the addition of ’01 forward Alex Hertlein, picked up from the Chicago Cougars.
Ethan Wilcox and his Team Wisconsin ‘09 Team Red teammates wrapped up a perfect 6-0 record on Sunday, winning a pair of games at the Appleton Family Ice Center.
The wins on the final weekend were the most impressive of the three weekends for Team Red who started with a 7-2 decision against Team White and wrapped up a 6-0 record with a 6-1 win against Team Black.
In the first game, Jace Dedie fired a pair of goals for Team Red with others for Sean Coggins, Weston Maier, Brody Slussor, Max Mittelsteadt and Owen Patrick. Goaltenders Samuel Davis and Carson Markgraf played key roles, both allowing a single goal and helping Team Red to the win despite a 36-32 edge for Team White.
In the other game, Oliver Drabant scored twice to pace Team Red with others added by Dedie, Slusser, Mittelsteadt and Patrick.
Team Red dominated this game with a shots edge of 33-15.
Wilcox didn’t hit the game sheet in the final two games but played a key role for his team and helped them wrap up a perfect record.
Landen Uminski, from RWD Youth Hockey along with Alexander Kirk and Michael Joliceour from the Sauk Prairie Flyers, wrapped up play as members of the Team Wisconsin ‘09 Peewee Black team on Sunday.
Team Black squared off with Team Grey in two games at the Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond Du Lac, playing to a 4-4 draw in the first game, but falling 8-3 in the finale.
In the opening game, Trevor Szkodzinsky scored a pair for Team Black with singles for Knox Cleland and Brett Toth. Uminski had a set up on one of the goals.
Szkodzinski, Aliya Mihlbauer and Easton Jones scored the Team Black goals. The loss to Team Grey denied team Black a share of top spot in the four-team six-game Peewee ‘10 Showcase league. Team Black finished at 2-2-2, Team White finishing on to with a 3-2-1 mark and Team Red which played Team White at the same time, at McFarland wrapped up a 2-1-3 record.