Mallards Battle from Behind for 5-4 Shootout Victory over Wings
MOLINE, Ill. - The host Quad City Mallards (24-42-5) came from behind to even the score four times in regulation- most dramatically when Alex Globke forced the game to overtime by squaring it at four with just 28 seconds left in the third period- and went on to claim a wild 5-4 shootout victory over the Kalamazoo Wings
(34-29-7) after Chris Izmirlian scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout. The Wings were forced to settle for one point for the shootout setback.
Izmirlian provided the winner after the Mallards' Quentin Shore replied to Danny Moynihan's round two goal by equalizing in the third round of the shootout.
The Mallards had pulled goaltender Eric Hartzell (30 saves) in favor of an extra attacker by the time Globke set the stage for sudden death and- as it would prove- the shootout by erasing the Wings' second lead of the third period from the doorstep in the final minute. Brendan Bradley's tip-in at 13:59 had produced the 4-3 Kalamazoo advantage Globke negated. Lane Scheidl put the Wings on top for the first time in the third with a blast from the left wing circle at the 2:20 mark. The Mallards' Matt Pohlkamp answered with a wrist shot from the right wing circle at 7:25.
The night-long pattern of Mallard responses to Kalamazoo go-ahead goals was first established in rapid fire fashion in the opening period. The Wings were on the power play when Justin Taylor gave Kalamazoo a 1-0 lead by burying Kyle Blaney's cross-crease pass at 8:13 of the first. Just nine seconds later, the Mallards' Ryan McGrath made it 1-1. McGrath raced into the right wing circle to snap a wrist shot past Wings goaltender Michael Garteig.
The Wings' Jimmy Mullin broke the 1-1 deadlock with a one timer from the slot at 3:53 of the second period but Mallard rookie Stanislav Dzakhov would knot the contest at two with his first career goal. Dzakhov's wraparound at 16:14 of the second served as prelude to an even more dramatic conclusion.
The Mallards play their final ECHL game tomorrow evening on home ice when they meet the Cincinnati Cyclones at 7:05 p.m. on Jimmy John's Fan Appreciation Night. The Mallards will team with Jimmy John's to provide and array of giveaways and surprises during the game. In addition, one thousand Jimmy John's coupons will be given away to fans at the Jimmy John's table on the TaxSlayer Center concourse.
Tickets for tomorrow night's game are now on sale at the TaxSlayer Center box office, Ticketmaster toll free charge-by-phone (1-800-745-3000) and ticketmaster.com. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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