INDEPENDENCE, MO — Three games in 48 hours is a tough schedule, but the Quad City Mallards and Missouri Mavericks managed to finish their weekend series strong. The games that bookended the weekend were both decided by a single goal, though Sunday’s game didn’t require extra hockey before sending the fans home.
For the second night in a row Pavel Jenys opened the action for the two teams, Sunday’s goal coming later in the game than Saturday’s, however. Ned Lukacevic earned his first assist of the season on the goal that came at the 13 minutes and six seconds mark of the first period, Guillaume Gelinas assisting as well. With just four seconds left before the horn sounded for the first bathroom break Chris Francis extended the Mallards’ lead on the power-play. Gelinas tallied his second assist of the night as Zach Tolkinen sat in the penalty box for cross-checking, Mike Monfredo getting on the scoresheet with an assist as well.
Monfredo gave the Mallards a three to zero lead early in the middle frame, Francis and Michael Parks helping. The Mavericks then began a comeback that jeopardized the Mallards’ chance of winning just their third game in 11 contests.
Just 34 seconds into the final period Darren Nowick put the Mavs on the board with help from Dane Fox and Dan Correale. Five minutes later Francis returned the Mallards to a three goal lead while down a man, Sam Warning assisting.
Andrew Courtney then scored two goals in the next four minutes to put the hometown team down a single goal with half a period left, but the rally fell short. Courtney’s first goal was assisted by Tolkinen and Matt Finn on the man-advantage. The second goal came from Carter Verhaeghe and Rocco Carzo.
The Mallards travel to Wheeling, West Virginia on Friday to face the Nailers at 6:30 CST.