TULSA, OK – For the first time in nearly a month, the Quad City Mallards grabbed two points in a single game on the road. The Mallards defeated the Tulsa Oilers 4-3 in overtime in the second of back-to-back games against the Oklahoma-based.
The first period was scoreless, with only one minor penalty occurring. Tulsa was saving its strength for the second period, when they scored two power-play goals within five minutes. Dan DeSalvo scored the first Tulsa goal, while Axel Blomqvist scored the second.
Matt Carey scored his own power-play goal at 4:19 of the third period to end Kevin Carr’s shut-out bid. Guillaume Gelinas and Jake Baker assisted on Carey’s goal. Raphael Bussieres tied the game with help from Austin Coldwell and Matt Neal just over halfway through the final period, also on the power-play.
With just over four minutes left in the game Carey gave the Mallards their first lead in the game, sniping his second goal of the game past Carr. Bussieres and Mike Monfredo assisted on Carey’s second goal of the night.
Connor Kucera tied the game with under a minute left after pulling their goalie and being on the power-play as a result of Neal’s hooking call.
Just 2:44 into the extra session, Bussieres putting home a rebound in the left-side circle while on a power-play.
Penalties were for the Mallards tonight, all of the goals that made their way past Brody Hoffman came while Tulsa was on the power-play. Each team connected for three power-play goals on the night.
Hoffman made 19 saves tonight, while Carr made 33.
With the win, Quad City improved to 22-21-3-2 (49 pts) and are still three points out of eighth in the western conference playoff picture. Tulsa remains in sixth, with a 24-17-3-2 record (53 pts.)
The Mallards will face the Wichita Thunder on Tuesday in Wichita. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM CST.
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