Playing their seventh and eighth straight games away from home, the Dells Ducks continued to find opposing arenas to be a tough place to play, as they dropped a pair of games to the host Minnesota Moose over the weekend – 4-1 on Friday and 8-3 on Saturday — to extend their losing streak to six games.
In Friday’s 4-1 Dells loss, the Moose and the Ducks were locked in a scoreless tie before the Moose scored two goals, just 22 seconds apart, midway through the second period, to take a 2-0 lead. It was Leon Taberlet’s first goal of the season that gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead 13 minutes, 3 seconds into the second period. Then at 13:25, Jacob Harding scored his 11th of the season to make it 2-0.
Minnesota’s lead grew to 3-0 with a power play goal from Jack Hauswirth – his fourth of the season – at 7:48 of the third period.
The Ducks finally got on the scoreboard when Nolan Echols scored his fifth of the season, off assists from Alec Scarsella and Stone Stelzl at 14:26 of the third period, making it a 3-1. It was Scarsella’s 13th assist this season, and the 17th for Stelzl.
Philip DeSavva put the final dagger in the Ducks, scoring an empty net goal at 15:29 to make it 4-1.
Emil Norrman took the loss in net for the Ducks. He finished with 28 saves on 31 shots.
On Saturday, the Ducks would take their first lead of the weekend when Scarsella scored his sixth goal of the season to make it 1-0 at 16:14 of the opening period, but the Moose would answer just over a minute later when Jonah Bergstrom scored to tie things at 1.
Minnesota would surge in front for good when Bergstrom picked up a hat trick with two goals early in the second period to make it 3-1.
The Ducks would pull to within a goal on Geno Semeniuk’s unassisted goal at 8:29 of the second period made it 3-2, but DeSavva answered with an shorthanded goal a few minutes later to make it 4-2.
The Ducks managed to get back within a goal before the end of the period at 4-3, as Scarsella netted his second goal of the night and seventh of the season, off an assist from Semeniuk with 32 seconds left in the period.
Minnesota would dominate the final period, scoring four unanswered goals to seal the victory. Two of the goals came from James Frantz, while Alex Church and Janne Rukamp had the others.
Wisconsin Dells went 0-for-8 on the power play in the loss, while the Moose converted two of their nine power play chances.
Norrman took his second loss of the weekend, stopping 36 of the 43 shots put on net.
The two losses drop the Ducks to the seventh spot in the nine-team USPHL Midwest West Division at 11-14-0.
After a taking this weekend off, the Ducks will continue their long road stretch with three more games away from home. On Friday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 16 the Ducks will play the Minnesota Mullets in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Sandwiched in between those two games will be a game against the Minnesota Blue Ox on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
The Ducks will finally play on its home rink at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena on Thursday, Dec. 20, when it plays host to the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings. The last time the Ducks played on home ice was back on Nov. 3, a 4-3 victory over the Hudson Havoc, 4-3.
MINNESOTA MOOSE 4, DELLS DUCKS 1
Dells 0 0 1— 1
Minnesota 0 2 2— 4
Second period: M – Taberlet (Malcarney), 13:03; M – Harding (Frantz, DeSavva), 13:25.
Third period: M – Hauswirth (Frantz, Malcarney), 7:48 (pp); D – Echols (Scarsella, Stelzl), 14:26; M – DeSavva (Morrison), 15:29, (en, sh).
Saves: D (Norrman) 28, M (Haselbacher) 30.
Penalties: D 15-38:00, M 11-22:00.
MINNESOTA MOOSE 8, DELLS DUCKS 3
Dells 1 2 0 —3
Minnesota 1 3 4 —8
First period: D – Scarsella (Aguilar), 16:14; M – Bergstrom (Jensen), 17:42.
Second period: M – Bergstrom (Kropp, Jensen), 0:14 (pp); M – Bergstrom (Hauswirth, Jensen), 7:11; D – Semeniuk, 8:29; M – DeSavva, 11:53 (sh); D – Scarsella (Semeniuk), 19:28.
Third period: M – Church (Walworth), 2:21; M – Frantz (Beyer, Hauswirth), 6:05 (pp); M – Rukamp, 10:43 (en); M – Frantz (Morrison, Malcarney), 11:28.
Saves: D (Norrman) 36, M (Reed) 33.
Penalties: D 11-22:00, M 10-20:00.