The Dells Ducks began a month-long road stretch and snapped a seven game United States Premier Hockey League losing streak with a pair of wins in Hudson this past weekend.
Alec Scarsella scored a pair of goals and Zander Zafiro collected his second shutout of the season, leading the Ducks to a 3-0 victory over the Hudson Havoc on Friday night. The Ducks then moved out of the league’s basement with a 7-4 win in Hudson on Saturday.
Ducks 3, Havoc 0
On Friday night the Ducks needed just one goal as Zafiro turned aside all 28 of the Havoc shots he faced.
Scarsella fired in the lone goal of the first period off assists from Roger Schoenike and Jacob Cameron. That goal stood up as the game winner and it was Scarsella adding some insurance with his second goal in the fourth minute of the final period as he converted a feed Jacob Soderstrom.
The other Ducks’ goal came with exactly four minutes to play as captain and leading scorer Stone Stelzl wrapped it up after taking a pass from Colton Maynard.
Ducks 7, Havoc 4
The Ducks wrapped up the sweep on Saturday as Soderstrom opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just 4:03 into the contest, and the Ducks fed off that momentum, building a 3-1 first period lead.
The Ducks widened the gap to 5-1 before the home team struck back for a pair late in the second period. The Ducks added two more in the third before the Havoc finished the scoring 7:07 from the final buzzer.
This time the Ducks sent Corbin Moore to the crease and the 18-year-old, who has turned in several solid efforts this season, was finally rewarded with a win following his 29-save effort.
Soderstrom , now fully recovered from a hand injury suffered earlier this season, scored three goals and added an assist in the contest while Stelzl collected his 11th and 12th goals of the season.
Scarsella picked up a goal and added two assists and the other goal came from Maynard.
The wins boosted the Ducks’ overall record to 4-12-1 and they will look to continue their climb back up the Premier Midwest-West standings in Chicago next weekend against a Cougars team that leads the Midwest-East Division, but endured a rough weekend going 0-4 at a league showcase event on the east coast.
The Ducks will enjoy some time off after next weekend with no games scheduled for the Thanksgiving weekend, allowing most players a chance to dash home to enjoy the holiday with their families.
The Ducks will not be on home ice again until Dec. 15-16, when the Steele County Blades come to town for a pair. That will be the final homestand of 2017.