Friday & Saturday, October 16th-17th, Vs St. Louis
In a weekend showdown between two of the hottest teams in the NA3HL, the games did not disappoint. In Friday’s match, the Ducks had to constantly play catch-up with the Blues. The pace of the game was fast and furious, physical and intense play was the key for both teams. St. Louis would go up 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, and the Duck would claw back to level the score every time. The game was decided just 23 seconds into overtime by the Ducks Josh Hamilton. “What you saw tonight was two very good hockey teams going back and forth, I really liked how we kept competing and we were never out of the game. Josh has a knack for clutch goals,” stated Ducks Head Coach, Tom Winkler.
With a little more than ten minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday’s game, the Ducks had a 3-1 lead and were in looking like they were in control of the game. Then a string of penalties lead to two St. Louis power play goals and the game was knotted at 3-3. In the next five minutes the game became a frantic scramble. The Ducks took a 4-3 lead, two minutes after the Blues tied it 3-3 on Justin Dunn’s goal. A minute and a half later St. Louis tied it up yet again, Enter Josh Hamilton, his second goal of the game with 48 seconds left, proved to be the game winner. “We kept battling hard after we relinquished the lead on their power play goals, that is a sign of the character of this team. These were great hockey games against a great team,” stated Winkler.
Cooper Seedott and Josh Martin each had a win against the Blues.
Sunday, October 18th, Vs University of Alabama
After the two hard fought games Vs the St. Louis Blues in Huntsville, the Ducks returned to their home in Decatur. They squared off against the ACHA Division 1 Alabama hockey club. The final score was 6-2 in favor of the Frozen Tide. “It was good test for some of our younger players to get some quality ice time against a very strong opponent, we liked how they competed. A great event and we certainly look forward to a great working relationship with them,” stated Coach Winkler.
The Ducks depart Wednesday for a four game road trip through Sugarland, Texas and Lafayette, Louisiana.