Eagles and Lightning player run SPYHA youth camps

By Jim den Hollander 



Members of the Sauk Prairie Eagles and Badger Lightning varsity hockey teams offered a bit of payback to the organization that helped turn them into solid high school players, taking and wearing coach hats for the Sauk Prairie Youth Hockey Association Thursday morning. 

Taking advantage of some professional teacher days at their respective schools, the varsity players rank three one-hour sessions for members of the youth hockey organization at Sauk Prairie Area Recreation Center (SPARC).  

The first hour for was for squirt and 12U-aged players with peewees/14u  taking the ice for the second and third hours. 

Among the seniors who took the reins on the early morning sessions was Nick Mast and Hakan Peterson, incoming seniors for the Sauk Prairie Eagles, a team that has the bar set high this season after back-to-back trips to Sectional semis in previous campaigns. Also in attendance was Signe Begalski, a senior with the Badger Lightning also looking for big things with the entire 2020-21 team elibigible to return and some promising freshmen skaters as well.  

The Camp took place on the eve of the opening weekend for some of the SPYHA teams and just a few weeks from opening practices for the varsity teams as well.  


Second period surge for Mallards buries Ducks

By Jim den Hollander 



The Dells Ducks renewed acquaintances with the Rum River Mallards for the first time in over a month at the Fogerty Ice House Thursday evening, but dropped a tough 8-1 decision against a squad that clearly still has its number. 

The Ducks enjoyed one of its best starts of the season. Frequently finding itself chasing within the game’s opening minutes, the Mallards tough through most of the opening period until Cooper Brodzinski found a way past former Mallards’ goaltender Drew Mosely in the second half of the opening period. 

While the game was still within reach after the first 17-minute period, the Mallards blew it open with five unanswered middle period markers and added another in the third before Ducks’ leading scorer, Caden Glamkowski finally managed to shatter the shutout bid of Gage Guay in the Mallards’ goal late in the final period.  

The goal was the 10th of the young season for Glamkowski and Jacob Cartland collected the lone assist.  

The win was just the third of the season for the Mallards and snapped a nine-game losing streak. The Mallards, now sit at 3-8-1 on the season with all three wins coming against the Ducks. 

The Ducks enter the final game of the Midwest-West Showcase Saturday with a 5:40 p.m. contest against the Minnesota Blue Ox who have already racked up a pair of wins at the weekend event. 

Kopfstein fires lone Ducks goal against Blades

By Jim den Hollander 



The trend of falling behind early proved costly for the Ducks once again in its first of two games on Friday (Oct. 29) at the USPHL Premier Midwest-West Division Showcase event at Fogerty Ice House in Blaine, MN. 

The Ducks found itself trailing the Steele County Blades 1-0 in the game’s sixth minute and 2-0 a short while later, utlimately falling by a 5-1 score. 

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Jack Kopfstein, the team’s ‘05 defenseman from Vista, CA hammered a shot home from the blue line for his third goal of the season the second of the weekend for the Ducks, but that was as close as this one would get as the Blades piled on another three before the final buzzer.  

Assists on Kopfstein’s goal went to Caden Glamkowski and Jacob Cartland. 

The first two Blades goals were both scored by veteran forward, Seva Bannikov, an ‘01 forward from Minsk, Belarus. 

Other scoring details for the Blades were unavailable at the time this was written.

The Blades and Ducks met on the previous weekend, the Blades capturing an 8-2 victory against a tired, under the weather and understaffed Ducks team 8-2 at the tail end of a three games in three days weekend. 

The Ducks were scheduled to hit the ice at Fogerty again later Friday against the Rum River Mallards before wrapping up Saturday afternoon against the Minnesota Blue Ox Saturday afternoon. 

Mullets handle Ducks again in Showcase opener

By Jim den Hollander  



The Dells Ducks opened play at its first of three Showcases on the season showing improvement again, but also coming up short for the 11th time in 12 games so far, this time a 6-3 loss to the MInnesota Mullets Thursday afternoon. 

Ducks spent most of the game chasing but trimmed a 3-0 first period deficit to 3-2 late in the middle period. Just wehen it seemed the Ducks would carry some momentum into the final frame though, the Mullies responded with its fourth goal 17 seconds later.  

Another goal early in the third restored the three-goal cushion, but the Ducks struck back once more to make it interesting before the Mullets hammered a final nail home near the final buzzer. 

Defenseman Jack Kopfstein and forward Jayden Tkacuzuk fired the second period goals for Ducks and Caden Glamkowski, who set up Tkaczuk’s tally got the favor returned in the third for his team leading ninth of the season. 

Bryce Jacobsen also collected an assist for the Ducks who were beginning a stretch of four games in three days at the Midwest-West Showcase at Fogerty IceHouse in Blaine, MN. 

Outshot by wide margins through most of the season, this one saw a more respectable 32-25 gap for the Mullets.

The game was the third against the Mullets in a week and the Twin Cities squad has captured the win in all three.