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Postseason Bound: Denver Earns Playoff Spot in 4-3 OT Loss

March 19, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

MOLINE, Ill. - The Denver Cutthroats locked up a playoff spot in their inaugural season of play after earning a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Quad City Mallards on Tuesday night at iWireless Center in front of 2,025.

The Cutthroats (29-26-9) trailed 3-0 in the game before forcing overtime with a comeback effort. The Fish fall one point back of Quad City (31-26-6) in the standings for sixth place. Mathematically the Cutthroats can finish the season as high as sixth in the league or as low as eighth.

Patrick Levesque tallied the overtime-winner for the Mallards deflecting a shot at 2:23 of the extra frame.

Jamie MacQueen began the comeback effort for Denver with a power play tally from the slot with 4:01 left in the second.

In the third, Michael Trebish made it a 3-2 deficit with a wrist shot off the post from the point at 3:42. Joel Chouinard knotted the score at 11:41 of the third on the power play from the center of the blue line.

Kent Patterson stopped 17-of-21 shots for the Cutthroats in the loss. John Murray turned aside 34 shots in the win for the Mallards.

Denver finished 2-for-4 on the power play while the Mallards went 1-for-5.

Mickey Lang on the power play, Jason Kostadine, and Jason Dixon each scored for the Mallards in the second to build Quad City's initial lead.

The Cutthroats close out their regular season with a weekend set at Rapid City beginning on Friday at 7:05 PM MST.

Three Stars:

1. John Murray (QDC)

2. Jason Dixon (QDC)

3. Patrick Levesque (QDC)

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