The Dells Ducks grabbed their first point of the season at Owatonna, Minnesota on Saturday night, but ultimately returned home without a win, dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime to the host Steele County Blades.
The loss dropped the Ducks to 0-2-1 at the end of September with a busy month of October coming up.
Once again the Ducks were heavily out-shot in the contest, with the Blades holding a 47-19 advantage. The Ducks relied on standout goal tending for a third straight game, all games coming with a different goaltender in net.
This time Alex Weissenborn got the call, turning aside 44 of 47 shots in the game, including 12 of 13 through the opening period.
During that stretch, the Ducks scored two goals in a 13-second span to grab a 2-0 lead near the halfway mark of the opening frame, its first lead of the season.
Stone Stelzl notched the first goal on a breakaway, his second of the season for the Ducks. Alec Scarsella jammed the other one home. The good news for the Ducks was they owned a 2-0 lead, but the bad news was they were done scoring for the night.
Jacob Cameron picked up assists on both goals for the Ducks.
The Blades held a 13-7 edge in shots through the period and one of the last shots resulted in a late goal for the home side.
Weissenborn got a piece of the shot, but had it go back into the play for an oncoming Blades player who slammed it home.
The second Blades goal came 61 seconds from he end of the middle period on a powerplay as the host side stepped up the pressure and held a 23-6 edge in shots.
A back-and-forth third period saw no scoring, but a one-timer by Finnish import Lukkas Kallioinen ended this one 39 seconds into the three-on-three overtime segment.
The game was the lone contest of the weekend for the Ducks, who will return to Owatonna at the end of the regular season. The Ducks also play host to the Blades in a pair of games at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena at the end of October.
This weekend the Ducks will play host to the Ironwood Yoopers for the first time in three seasons.
The Ducks last played the Upper Peninsula team in the postseason in 2015 and after sitting out the 2015-16 season, the Yoopers returned last year to play in the USPHL Elite Division.
The Yoopers are off to a 3-3-0 start to the season and will visit the Poppy for 7:30 p.m. games on both nights.
Following this weekend series, the Ducks will head to Chicago to play four times at a Showcase tournament, then travel to Ironwood for a return set against the Yoopers.