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.