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A message from the Dells Ducks and John Schwarz, Team President.

It is with great support that I announce that Head Coach Bill Zaniboni will be taking on a Head Coaching job out East, where he was born and where his family lives. The Dells Ducks are so thankful and proud of all the accomplishments that Bill Zaniboni has bestowed upon us. Bill has had opportunities at the Tier II and Tier I levels in the past and chose to Captain our ship but this chance for him and his family is another great option that has come his way and we are very happy for the Zaniboni family.

As Team President, I can tell you how sorely missed he will be. Everyday was magic with Bill Zaniboni and I consider him to be a family member. When I received the phone call from Coach, I was actually speechless because you can never prepare to lose someone that you are so close too. The Dells Ducks organization is so blessed to have Coach work tirelessly for us and create the thousands of memories. Coach Zaniboni's accomplishments the past 5 years are second to none and nobody will be able to accomplish as much as he has in such a short period of time. 

The Dells Ducks are one big family forever and Coach Bill will always be part of the family and Im still numb by this but talk to Coach on a daily basis. No matter where Coach is, or will be, he has been accessible to all past player helping them, players that didnt even play for him and helping them, and to the Dells Ducks and making sure the Ducks family stays as strong as ever.

The greatest honor of being President of the Ducks is being able to learn from great people and Coach Bill is certainly the greatest !!!

Today, we have also announced Coach Bills successor and please click this link: https://thejuniorhockeynews.com/dells-ducks-bring-in-new-head-coach-while-maintaining-same-standards-of-excellence/

More news to follow and Coach Worlton is friends with Coach Zaniboni and The Dells Ducks are very proud of both of these gentlemen and the future. 

 

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Anzevino picks Elmira NCAA DIII

Anzevino picks Elmira for the next 4 years

04/25/2017, 8:15am CDT
By Staff

Goalie Gennaro Anzevino makes NCAA DIII Elmira Home

I am grateful to be a part of the Dells Ducks organization. Coming to a new team midway through the year can sometimes be tough, but it was an easy transition thanks to the coaching staff and the boys in the room. Our team is a big family who’s goal was to compete everyday, hold ourselves accountable, and to work for the person sitting next to you. Coach Zaniboni and the rest of the coaching staff did a great job building a culture that will not only help our hockey careers, but also help with life after hockey.

I am thankful for the opportunity to work on my game with Coach Zaniboni. Being able to learn from someone who has played professional hockey helped me work on the physical and mental aspects of being a goalie. As I begin my college career I know that the Ducks have provided me a solid foundation, which will help me be successful both in college and in life.

Ducks roll to 3 wins over the weekend

01/25/2017, 12:00pm CST
By Jim den Hollander

The Dells Ducks junior hockey team grabbed another six points this past weekend to solidify its second-place position in the United States Premier Hockey League Midwest Elite Division.

The Dells Ducks junior hockey team grabbed another six points this past weekend to solidify its second-place position in the United States Premier Hockey League Midwest Elite Division.
 
After holding off a late charge by the visiting Chicago Cougars Friday night with a 3-1 win, the Ducks handled the Blaine Energy 8-0 Saturday night and again 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
 
The games followed a busy week of trading for head coach Bill Zaniboni and the team passed the roster freeze deadline Friday night. So, the current group of 25 are the ones that will be counted on when the postseason rolls around at the end of February.
 
A key addition on the weekend was import Sviataslav Kuchynski, a 6-foot-3 forward from Belarus, who had been playing with the Kenai River Brown Bears of the Tier 2 North American Hockey League.
 
He collected four points on the weekend, centering a line with team captain Chris Vella and Hunter Krause.
 
For the most part, Zaniboni traded players away dropping his roster from 29 to 25 for the stretch run.
 
DUCKS 3, COUGARS 1
Vella’s goal 8:25 into the second period, from Kuchynski was the only goal all of the way into the final couple of minutes in this one, until Jonathan Moskaluk pulled the Cougars even with 80 seconds to play with goaltender Luke Martinovich on the bench in favor of an extra attacker.
 
It took the Cougars 58-plus minutes to find an opening past Ducks’s goaltender Gennaro Anzevino, and the Ducks needed just 14 seconds after that to regain the lead, as Jake Tomkowiak’s tip-n finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with linemates Sherman Mowery and Wyatt Nielsen.
 
The same trio stayed on the ice and added an insurance marker 20 seconds later with Martinovich again having dashed to the Cougar’s bench. Mowery lifted a pass from the hash marks in his own end to the other side of the Cougars blue line and straight onto the stick of Wyatt Nielsen, who sank the clincher into an empty net.
 
The Ducks outshot the Cougars 36-25 and finished the season against its rival with its fourth win in five meetings.
 
Ducks 8, Energy 0
The Ducks entertained a short-staffed Energy team on Saturday night, grabbing a pair of goals in the first and second periods and then pulling away with four more in the third.
 
Energy goaltenders Josh Soule and Zander Zafiro – the latter traded for cash from the Ducks just 72 hours earlier – both took a turn in goal, combining to make 69 saves on 77 shots. Meanwhile Nick Levesque was called on to make just eight saves in goal for the Ducks to nail down the shutout.
 
The team’s leading scorer, Mowery, led the Ducks’ charge, counting three goals and assisting on another while linemate Nielsen collected a goal and three assists. Riley Biel, Vella, Krause and Cory Schwarz each added a goal and a helper in the contest.
 
Ducks 3, Energy 1
A small but boisterous crowd attended the weekend finale as the Ducks faced off at the same time as the Packers’ kickoff in Atlanta on Sunday.
 
The Ducks scored once in each period in this one, Kuchynski, Schwarz and Tomkowiak looking after the scoring while Anzevino picked up the win in goal. He was robbed of a shutout with just 7:34 to play as Peyton Bolstad contributed the lone Blaine tally.
 
The Ducks once again held a wide margin in shots, owning a 53-20 advantage. The Ducks boosted their record to 26-8-2, five points behind the first-place Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings, but thanks to a rough weekend for the Steele County Blades, they are a comfortable eight points up on that third-place team.
 
The Ducks have just eight games remaining in the regular season and will play one of them this coming weekend when the Forest Lake Lakers pay a visit on Sunday for a 5:30 p.m. game at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena.
 
The Ducks will make a return visit to Forest Lake on Feb. 3-4 and then play host to the River Falls Renegades Feb. 11-12 before wrapping up the regular season in Detroit Feb. 17-19.

Ducks earn split of games at Boston showcase

01/10/2017, 8:45pm CST
By Jim den Hollander

The Dells Ducks junior hockey team made a somewhat successful return from the Christmas break by winning two of four games played at a Boston-area showcase

The Dells Ducks junior hockey team made a somewhat successful return from the Christmas break by winning two of four games played at a Boston-area showcase tournament against some tough competition.
 
The Ducks ended up playing the top three teams from the USPHL Elite North Division and one against a team from the USPHL Elite South as well.
 
After dropping its opening contest 3-2 against the Syracuse Stars from the North Division on Friday, the Ducks returned to the rink on Saturday and collected a 4-1 win over the Palm Beach Hawks.
 
On Sunday, the Ducks faced a difficult task, facing off against the North Division’s top two teams just a few hours apart. After an impressive 3-2 overtime win against the Islanders Hockey Club, just the third regulation defeat for the team this season, the Ducks fell behind early against the South Shore Kings and never fully recovered, dropping the tournament finale 3-2.
 
STARS 3, DUCKS 2
Rather than three periods, USPHL Showcase games feature two 25-minute halves. The Ducks found themselves trailing 3-1 after the first half, having played a total of 11 minutes shorthanded and surrendering a pair of goals while battling with a player in the penalty box.
 
The first Syracuse goal came 2:34 into the game, with an extra attacker and the New York squad added another 34 seconds after that to grab control of the contest.
 
Reedsburg’s Sean Teske got the Ducks on the board by converting a feed from Jake Tomkowiak, but a major penalty gave the Stars enough power play time to add another late in the period as well.
 
The Ducks regrouped over the half and managed to pull one back late in the second half on a goal by Pat Freeman off an assist from Sherman Mowery.
 
DUCKS 4, HAWKS 1
The loss on Friday was the first Showcase defeat in five seasons for the Ducks, but the players didn’t spend a lot of time feeling sorry for themselves. Instead, the team took its frustrations out on its Florida-based opponent on Saturday.
 
The Ducks collected a 2-1 lead in a wide open opening half that saw a total of 41 shots thrown on net by the two teams.
 
Rhinelander’s Cal Erdman struck for the first Ducks’ goal, the first of the season for the defenseman. Captain Chris Vella had a set up on Erdman’s goal and a little more than two minutes later, Wyatt Nielson doubled the Ducks’ margin from Tomkowiak and Mowery.
 
Nick Levesque was in goal for the Ducks stopping 29 of 30 shots in the contest, the only to get by him coming late in the opening half.
 
The Ducks shut down the Hawks in the second half with a 25-11 edge in shots, with goals from Vella and the team’s newest addition Nik Kropp, a native of Northbrook, Illinois, who last season played for the Chicago Cougars.
 
DUCKS 3, ISLANDERS 2
 
This win ranks as one of the team’s biggest victories of the season, on a par with the win last month against the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings. Without a doubt, the Islanders are among the favorites in the USPHL Elite League this season.
 
Like the Syracuse game, the Ducks found themselves trailing early, down 2-0 at the half after being outshot by a 21-11 margin.
 
But again, the team regrouped at the break and Matthew Stewart got the Ducks on the board at the 10:39 mark of the second from Trevor Jestadt. Stewart got the call to play for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League at the end of the Showcase event.
 
Josh Repaal, a Tomah based defender pulled the Ducks even just 31 seconds later with help from Teske and Trevor Jestadt.
 
Gennaro Anzevino turned aside all 17 of the shots he faced in the second half in goal for the Ducks to keep this one even.
 
There was only one more shot in the overtime and Neilson buried it to give the Ducks its only lead of the contest at the perfect time, with another assist for Vella.
 
KINGS 3, DUCKS 2
Every team at the tournament played four times, but the Ducks faced a tough schedule at the end, and that could have played a part in its final setback.
 
After knocking off the top team in the North, the Ducks saw the Kings just a few short hours later and once again found themselves trying to dig out of an early hole.
 
The Kings scored three times in 3 minutes, and appeared to have total control of the game 12:40 into the first half, but Levesque never allowed another goal, helping his team get close.
 
Teske notched his second goal of the tournament later in the first half from Vella and Stewart, but the Ducks didn’t get to within one until Mowery found an opening with 1:20 to play from Vella and Neilson.
 
Season homestretch
The split at the tournament leaves the Ducks in second place in the Midwest Division with a 23-8-2 record and just 11 games remaining on its regular season docket.
 
The team will be off this coming weekend and plays its next-to-last homestand Jan. 20-22 at the Poppy Waterman Ice Arena. The Chicago Cougars will be in town on that Friday for their final meeting of the season with the Ducks, followed by the Blaine Energy for the Saturday and Sunday games.
 
The Forest Lake Lakers, River Falls Renegades and Detroit Fighting Irish will make up the opposition for the team’s final eight games of the season.

  • Ducks try to finally solve Riverkings

  • 12/12/2016, 8:30pm CST , By Jim den Hollander
  • The Dells Ducks will head up Highway 13 to Wisconsin Rapids to take on the Riverkings on Friday night, and are hoping the sixth time is the charm.
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