INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Quad City Mallards finished out their six-game road trip in Missouri against the Mavericks on Tuesday, the only action taking place in the ECHL that night. The game started out relatively quietly, but a quiet hockey game seldom remains so.
Guillaume Gelinas began the scoring just 90 seconds into play, Chris Francis and Michael Parks assisting. Parks passed the puck backwards from the blue line to Francis. Gelinas put the puck in from just outside the crease to Missouri goaltender, Josh Robinson‘s left. A minute later, Grant Arnold buried his own rebound after taking a behind the net pass from Alex Petan. Sam Warning also earned an assist on Arnold’s goal.
The Mavericks cut the Mallards’ lead to a single goal when Dane Fox scored. The Mallards’ defensive zone coverage seemed to breakdown for a moment, two players guarding one player while another gave Fox too much breathing room that turned into celly room. Darren Nowick and Dan Correale were credited with the assists on Fox’s goal.
Francis extended the Mallards’ lead to 3-1 a few minutes later, tapping the puck into a gaping net after Robinson made a pad save on Parks. The rebound went straight to Francis. Nolan LaPorte made his way onto the score sheet with the secondary assist.
The second period was terrible for the Mallards, being outshot 26-8 and outscored 4-1. Nowick scored at the 6:34 mark with help from Carter Verhaeghe and Tyler Elbrecht.
The Mallards scored on a beautiful play two minutes later. Brady Brassart won the face-off in the Mallards’ zone after an icing call, passing back to Kevin Gibson, who carried the puck to center ice. Gibson passed to Brassart before Brassart crossed the blue line; Brassart then gave the puck to Nevins along the half-boards before redirecting Nevins’ shot into the twine.
Elbrecht put the Mavericks back within one with help from Luke Juha and Correale. Verhaeghe then tied the game with a redirection of Eric Schied‘s blue line shot. 60 seconds after Verhaeghe’s tying goal, Elbrecht would earn another assist as Verhaeghe gave the home team their only lead of the night, again with help from Schied.
Warning tied the game at 5-5 early in the final frame, the Mallards’ power play diamond working perfectly to set up the goal. Andrew Panzarella and Nick Grasso got the apples on that tally. Nevins then assisted Pavel Jenys‘ game-wining goal seven minutes later, making the final score 6-5.
The Mallards return home on Saturday February 4th to face the Rapid City Rush at 7:05 CST.