CINCINNATI, OH – In spite of outplaying the Cincinnati Cyclones in Ohio, the Quad City Mallards fell 3-1 tonight before a crowd of over 3000. Miscues and fluke plays proved the Mallards’ undoing for the second consecutive Friday against the Cyclones.
The first 20 minutes were scoreless, though many penalties were drawn by both teams. Anthony Collins and Cody Carlson drew double minors for roughing with four seconds remaining in the period when Zach Pochiro also earned a holding call.
The Cyclones broke out in the second period with several fluke goals. Austin Coldwell took a shot on goal that was then taken up the ice to the opposite end of the ice. Tommy Mele put the hometeam on the board with help from Colin Mulvey at 7:19.
Brett Wysopal scored from almost the opposite end of the ice, sending the puck flying from the Cyclones’ blue line just 43 seconds after Mele’s tally. Cincinnati was shorthanded as Christiaan Minella was in the box for interfering with Brody Hoffman. Jack Downing won the draw after Minella’s penalty, sending it to Wysopal to get the goal.
Mulvey scored his own goal nine minutes later, Mele and Nick Huard assisting as Mulvey sent it in stick side.
Darren McMillan ended Brad Thiessen’s shut-out halfway through the third period, but the Mallards were unable to complete a comeback. Olivier Archambault was the only other Mallard to earn a spot on the scoresheet tonight.
The two teams will face off again on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:35 PM CST.