MALLARDS VANQUISH CYCLONES
MOLINE, Ill. - Gergo Nagy broke loose for a goal and two assists, Triston Grant scored what proved to be the game winner in the third period and C.J. Motte made 36 saves as the host Quad City Mallards (12-25-4) defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones (22-18-2) 4-3 Wednes day night .
The Mallards held off a Cyclone rally after jumping out to a 3-0 lead. It was during a power play that Ryan McGrath started the Quad City onslaught by scoring from the slot at 6:09 of the first period. Brayden Low finished off a 3-on-2 rush to stretch the Mallard lead to 2-0 at 17:49 of the first.
Nagy extended the gap to 3-0 on a clean breakaway at 7:55 of the second period but just over three minutes later Justin Danforth would launch the Cincinnati comeback bid. Danforth's power play blast from the right wing got the Cyclones on the scoreboard for the first time at 10:59 of the second. At 14:24 Rob De Fulviis brought Cincinnati within one by swooping in front of the Mallard net and lifting a backhander home.
Grant responded for the Mallards from the left wing circle at 4:35 of the third period. That goal loomed even larger after Mike Barrett converted Jesse Schultz's centering pass and brought the Cyclones within one for a second time at 14:27 of the third but Motte and the Mallards would protect the 4-3 lead the rest of the way.
The Mallards next play on home ice Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Kalamazoo Wings. The Mallards will do their part for those who thirst for more than just hockey action when 1,000 fans in attendance for that game receive free Mallards pint glasses, courtesy of WQAD News 8's Brewed.
About the Quad City Mallards: One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007; in the International Hockey League in 2009-10; and in the Central Hockey League from 2010 through 2014. The Mallards' proud history has seen them capture the UHL's Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league's Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record. In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched. The TaxSlayer Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.
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