Mallards Best Gens 4-3 In Shootout
FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals came up short handed Wednesday night at Perani, falling to Quad City 4-3 in a shootout in front of 2,028 hopefuls.
With what happened during their last meeting on December 20th, it was anybody's guess how this game would play itself out. It was the Men in Blue that lit the lamp first. Rick Smith took a shot from the middle of the left circle that Kyle Jones kept in front of him but he gave up a big rebound that Smith followed into the slot beating Jones at 3:23, getting the assist from captain Pascal Rheaume. Quad City tied it up at 11:37 with a power play goal.
Jaques Perreault took a shot from the point and Chris Lipsett redirected the puck past Rob Nolan as he skated by the net. The Mallards took a 2-1 lead when Juris Stals went top shelf on the Flint netminder with 1:05 remaining in the opening period.
Flint came out in the second determined to tie the game, and tie the game they did. On a failed clearing attempt by Quad City and with the Gens on the power play, John Ronan ended up with puck in the left circle, fought through two Mallards to almost the front of the net and with the Mallard players still draped on him, beat Jones high glove side at 8:37. Jamie Schaafsma and Jake Pence assisted Ronan on the play.
With four minutes left on the clock in the middle period, John Mori skated down the right wing beating the Quad City defenseman. Mori passed the puck back and through the slot to Schaafsma who was trailing behind him on the opposite wing. Schaafsma made a beautiful deke forcing Jones to the ice giving the Flint left winger an open net.
The Mallards refused to lay down for the Generals and with under a minute left in the game the Generals failed to clear the puck despite numerous opportunities and Patrick Levesque ended up with the puck in front of the net, deked and beat Nolan with .39 seconds remaining.
Five minutes of overtime was still not enough for these two teams sending the game to a shootout; Levesque and Stals scored for the Mallards while both Schaafsma and Ronan were unable to beat Jones.
The Generals went 1 of 2 with the man advantage while the Mallards went 2 of 4.
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