Ducks Back at Home After Packed Opening Night!
On Opening Night the bleachers in Decatur were filled with passionate Ducks fans. Over 700 people crowded into the Point Mallard Ice Complex to cheer on Decatur’s new Hometown Team. With an atmosphere that resembled the most intense rivalry on the gridiron, the Point Mallard Ducks took the ice against conference rival Nashville.
Coming off a successful road weekend that opened their season in Sugar Land, Texas, Point Mallard entered the game with a lot of energy and excitement. Ducks Head Coach Craig Bushey spoke about his team entering the game: “We have worked very hard as an organization to get to this point and without the support of the community, it would never have been possible. The great city of Decatur has thrown its full support behind this team and that has been an amazing thing to witness. Now it’s our turn to go out, put on a show, and reward all of the fans for their loyalty and support.”
Decatur residents would have recognized some familiar faces in the crowd. Mayor Don Kyle dropped the ceremonial first puck alongside local councilmen Gary Hammon, Roger Anders and Chuck Ard. Also part of the historical puck drop, the Ducks were joined by UAH Head Coach Mike Corbett, State Representative Ms. Terri Collins; Point Mallard’s own Jason Lake and Tom Chappell; Ms. Melinda Dunn, Director of Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Ralph Drensek, President of North Alabama Hockey Association and John Seymor Executive Director of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce.
Despite a spirited effort, the Ducks fell 3-0 to a strong Nashville Jr. Predators team. For a young team there were certainly some jitters, but regardless of the outcome, this will be a night to remember. Ducks Captain, Chris Lepore, spoke about the experience after the game: “Obviously not the outcome we wanted, but it is a long season and we have come a long way to get to this point. The crowd was amazing, much more than any of us could have imagined; and it is a great learning experience. The nice part of it is that we get another chance at that team on our home ice this Sunday at home.”
The Point Mallard Ducks will take on the Jr. Predators again this Sunday, October 12. Come out and support Decatur’s new Hometown Team when the puck drops at 4pm. Check the Ducks’ website, pointmallardducks.com, for great deals on season tickets and Ducks merchandise.