The Dells Ducks junior hockey team surrendered three United States Premier Hockey League decisions to the Wisconsin Muskies at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena this past weekend.
The Ducks hoped to use the weekend to turn its season around, but ran into a Muskies team that had turned a corner just the previous weekend.
The Muskies had just one win through its first 11 regular season games but earned a pair of wins at Hudson in late October and rolled out of Lake Delton riding a five-game winning streak. The Muskies earned a 3-0 win Friday night and followed it up with a lopsided 9-1 decision Saturday and a 4-3 margin in overtime in he Sunday afternoon finale.
Apart from Saturday’s disaster, the Ducks showed some positive signs including holding the edge in shots on goal in two of three games (teams were even with 34 apiece on Friday night). But with most of the shots coming from the perimeter, the Ducks didn’t have as many quality scoring chances as its opponent.
The Ducks continue to get some solid work in goal from Corbin Moore, 18, from Fort Wayne, Ind. and Zander Zafiro, 20, from Williams Bay. Another goaltender, Nickolaos Monousos, 19, from Lincoln, R.I. was added to the roster in the days prior to Saturday’s game.
His early struggles could possibly be attributed to nerves in a debut. Head coach Jeff Worlton struggled to find some momentum, relieving Monousos with Moore with the Ducks trailing 2-0 just past the six minute mark and ultimately switched back later in the game to once again try to shake things up.
Team captain, Stone Stelzl, 18, from Blaine, Minn. still has the hot stick as he connected for the lone goal on Saturday night and added two more on Sunday afternoon. He has 10 goals in 16 games now and his 13 points leads the team.
Also scoring in Sunday’s game was Jacob Cameron, 16, from Oregon. Alec Scarsella, 19 from Whitelake, Mich. picked up an assist over the weekend as did defenders Eric Pristyazhnyuk, 20, from Staten Island, N.Y.; Roger Schoenike, 16, from Sun Prairie and Jacob Soderstrom, 20, from Lidkoping, Sweden.
Off the ice, the Ducks enjoyed more success, raising funds for Cancer Research during their ‘Pink the Rink’ night on Saturday. The team then teamed up with Monk’s at the Wilderness for the Fourth Annual Dells Ducks Tailgate event on Sunday. The all-you-can-eat event raised money for both the Ducks and the South Central Cyclones youth hockey organization.
Local fans won’t get a chance to see the Ducks in action again until mid-December as the Ducks head to Hudson for a pair against the Havoc this coming weekend. The Dells will then play a pair in Chicago against the East Division’s Cougars the following weekend, leading into a brief break for Thanksgiving.