CINCINNATI, OH – For the second straight night, it was the same result for the Quad City Mallards and Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday night. The hometown team battled back to erase a two-goal deficit late in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough to take it in regulation time. The Mallards earned four points in Cincinnati this weekend, decreasing Fort Wayne’s lead for third place in the Central Division to a single point.
Cincinnati took an early lead in the form of Craig Dalrymple‘s power play goal 5:30 into the game. Arvin Atwal and Tommy Mele put themselves on the scoresheet with the assists on Dalrymple’s goal. Defenseman Andrew Panzarella tied the game at one apiece with six and a half minutes left before the second intermission with fellow blueliner Mike Monfredo earning an assist as well as Michael Parks picking up an assist on the Panzarella goal.
A scoring frenzy began in the third period with four goals being scored to knot the game at three apiece before regulation ended. At the 2:15 mark of the third period, Dylan Labbe broke the 1-1 tie with help from Jack Nevins. 22 seconds later, Parks made it a 3-1 game, Nolan LaPorte assisting.
Mele scored a shorthanded goal at just over the 10 minute mark, Andrew Yogan and goaltender Brad Thiessen making their marks on the scoresheet with the assists. Atwal’s goal at 17:15 sent the game into extra hockey, Jordan Sims earning the assist.
The Cyclones won the opening overtime faceoff, seeming in control of the puck in the Mallards’ own zone. A pass that went wide deflected off the back of the net, resulting in the play that would give the Mallards the victory. Sam Warning received the puck from Monfredo in Gretzky’s office, sending it up the near boards to the streaking Guillaume Gelinas who was just onside at the blueline. Gelinas scored on the nearly uncontested breakaway, trailed only by Eric Knodel, who was unable to prevent the shot, as the Mallards came away victorious by a 4-3 final in the extra session.
The Mallards will travel to Indianapolis to face the Fuel on December 17 at 6:30 CST.
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