KALAMAZOO, MI – The Quad City Mallards faced the Kalamazoo Wings in Michigan Friday night, losing 6-5 in what proved to be a failed comeback after a disgraceful second period.
The Mallards took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after Matt Neal scored unassisted at 5:04. As he carried the puck across the line and wound up for his shot, he was tripped by an opposing player. He continued to take his shot, scoring as he fell but without the grace of Orr.
Matt Carey scored less than a minute into the second period to give the Mallards a 2-0 lead, but the visitors never led for the rest of the game. Neal and Mike Monfredo assisted.
The Wings would go on to score five unanswered goals during the second period, and one more being added during the final period before the Mallards attempted a comeback. The Wings’ goals came from Curtis Valk (twice), Justin Kovacs, Tyler Shattock, Ludwig Blomstrand, and Dane Fox.
David Jacobson made his debut in the Mallards’ net tonight, only allowing one goal and making seven saves after relieving Brody Hoffman at the start of the third period.
Miles Koules began the Mallards’ comeback at 7:54 of the third frame, Ryan Tesink and Carey assisting. Kevin Gibson showed his offense at 12:07 while on the powerplay when he found twine against Joel Martin; Vladimir Nikiforov and Brady Brassart helped.
Carey would score the fifth goal for the Mallards with four seconds remaining on the clock while the Mallards had the extra attacker after pulling Jacobson.
The Mallards next see action tonight in Cincinnati at 6:30 PM CST. The next Mallards home game will be Wednesday 3 February at 6:30 PM.