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.
It was another tough lesson for the Dells Ducks against another of the division’s top teams this past weekend as the team absorbed a pair of tough defeats.
After dropping a 9-3 decision on Saturday night at the Lake Delton Ice Arena against the Minnesota Blue Ox on Saturday night, the same two teams returned Sunday for an afternoon matinee contest, the Blue Ox going home happy with a 6-1 win.
The Blue Ox outshot the Ducks 67-22 on Sunday but that was a slight improvement in both shots for and against for the Ducks over the previous night’s numbers.
It might be hard to hear once again, but this is a Ducks team in a developing stage. The team has more 18 and young aged players and finds itself once again with Justin Green as the lone 20-year-old. The Ducks have a majority of players 18 and under.
The losses dropped the Ducks to 1-7 on the season so far which is one-win better than last season at this point and while the overall results have been rough, there some brightly shining diamonds in the rough so far as well.
Caden Glamkowski, an ‘04 from St. Charles, IL scored three times on the weekend and he continues to lead the team with 13 points in eight games. Jayden Tkaczuk who has made it clear he wants to go after the team’s single season scoring record, played his first full weekend since the opening series and he was in on all three goals the first night. He has seven points in four games played and gives the two teams two lines that can score. Jacobsen has racked up 11 points, two more than he collected in more than 20 games played last season. Jacob Cartland has a share of the goal scoring lead for the team with six goals and nine points.
The weekend series brought an end a set of eight straight games on home ice to open the regular season. The Ducks will make its first road trip of the season Friday, playing at Augsburg University Ice Arena in the Twin Cities at 7:30 p.m. The Mullets are coached by Chris Walby, a long tenured coach who played as a youngster in Sauk Prairie. On Sunday the Ducks will stop off on the way home at Owatonna to meet the Steele County Blades at the Four Seasons Center.
This begins an extremely busy stretch for the Ducks as they follow up this weekend set with four games in three days at the Midwest-West Showcase Tournament at Fogerty Ice House, home of the Minnesota Moose in Blaine, MN, Oct. 28-30, then return home Nov. 5-7 for another three-game weekend. All totalled, that’s 10 games in two weeks.
Duck Feathers – The Ducks welcomed a half dozen players on a temporary basis on the weekend. The next new player to suit up for the Ducks will be number 250 in team history.
– Tkaczuk boosted his all-time points total with the Ducks to 12 goals and 26 points, moving him into a tie with Colton Maynard for 53rd spot on the Ducks list. He has a good shot at climbing inside the top 50 with another good weekend at Augsburg. He has also crossed the 120-minute mark in penalties and is on pace to become just the third player in team history to go over 200 minutes.
The November 5-7 homestand will be th final homegames for the team in 2021.