Point Mallard Ducks
Sugarland Imperials and Louisiana Drillers
Thursday & Friday, October 22nd-23rd, Vs Sugarland
After a long night of travel, the Ducks arrived in Sugarland ready to take on a physical and fast Imperials team. After a sluggish start which saw the Ducks surrender an early goal and give up several odd-man rushes against, the Ducks evened the score on a Jake Cox power play goal a little more than half way through the first period. That goal seemed to ignite the Ducks as they scored three unanswered goals and took control of the game. Justin Dunn led the way with a hat trick and two assists, Cooper Seedott made 12 saves for the win. “After a slow and turnover filled start to the game, I really liked how we settled down and battled back. They tried to spread us out and they had some success early on, but we adjusted and took advantage of our chances,” said Ducks Head Coach, Tom Winkler.
On Friday, the Imperials came out with an inspired effort and had a 2-1 lead on the Ducks going into the third period. “We weren’t playing poorly, but we just were not capitalizing on our chances. We kept battling through and early in the third we made our hard work payoff,” stated Winkler. Cody Thomas got two goals a little less than five minutes apart which tied the game and gave the Ducks the lead which they would not relinquish. “The guys did a nice job of playing shut down defense, Zach Bennett led the way with his shot blocking. Josh Martin was very solid in net,” stated Coach Winkler. The Ducks left the Sugarland Ice Plex with two hard fought victories.
Saturday & Sunday, October 24th-25th, Vs Louisiana
Visiting the expansion Drillers for the first time, the Ducks looked to continue their winning ways. An early power play goal by Steven Coulter got the Ducks rolling, which combined with stellar neutral zone defense led to an impressive 8-0 victory. Coulter and Johnathan Meakins each contributed two goals apiece while Justin Delisle added three assists. Cooper Seedott stopped 13 for his first shutout of the year. “I liked our focus and our compete level tonight. Our power play did a nice job of getting pucks to the net and our penalty kill did not give up much as far as scoring opportunities,” stated Winkler. The Ducks finished the night 2-3 on the power play and were 4 for 4 on the penalty kill. The Ducks outshot the Drillers 60-13.
With a 9:00am start and little turnaround from Saturday’s game, the Ducks had to be ready for another battle. Again, it took a power play goal to get the Ducks rolling. Austin Weber had a break through game with two goals and Steven Coulter contributed one goal and two assists. Cooper Seedott made 20 saves before Gary Glassman came in and finished off the shutout with 6 saves. The Ducks penalty kill unit did an outstanding job by going 11-11. “It was a hard game as far as trying to figure out how to play. I thought we were disciplined but when you look at the amount of penalties we had to kill, it was a little confusing. Either way, we battled hard and no matter what the challenge was, we responded,” stated Winkler.
The Ducks finished the trip 4-0 and have a weekend off to recover. Their next game is the November 11th Veteran’s Day celebration game. The Nashville Jr. Predators come to town for a 1:00pm matinee game. Check the website (www.pointmallardducks.com) for all the events leading up to puck drop.