The Quad City Mallards won their third straight Sunday game in thrilling comeback fashion, this time beating the Evansville IceMen 6-5 in overtime. The Mallards are now tied with the Adirondack Thunder for third place in the ECHL.
The Mallards went down 1-0 within the first 40 seconds of the game when Daultan Leveille scored unassisted on Steve Michalek.
Olivier Archambault tied the game at 7:01, sneaking the puck past Keegan Asmundson with help from Guillaume Gelinas and Darren McMillan.
In his return to the Mallards after being with AHL affiliate Iowa Wild, Raphael Bussieres dropped the gloves with Vincent Dunn at 18:37 of the first period. Kevin Gibson also fought at the same time, squaring off against Tyson Fawcett.
Matt Carey would put the Mallards up 2-1 in his Mallards debut while on a powerplay at 2:54 of the second period. Mike Monfredo and Matt Neal assisted on Carey’s first Mallards goal.
Evansville then went on a goal streak, three goals being scored within three minutes. Alex Guptill tied the game at two at 9:41 of the middle frame, Troy Rutkowski and Matthew Zay helping. Leveille scored again for his eleventh tally of the season, this time Fawcett and Alex Wideman helping. Jordan Sims gave the Icemen a 4-2 lead at 12:40 of the second period from Rutkowski and Justin MacDonald.
Fawcett scored a goal of his own while the team was shorthanded, Leveille and Rutkowski helping at 2:37 of the final frame. This put the Icemen up 5-2, a deficit thought too grand for a team to overcome.
However, the Mallards found their legs in the last 18 minutes and five seconds. Zach Pochiro scored on the powerplay at 2:55, Carey and Jake Baker getting their names on the score sheet for that tally. Alex Gudbranson earned his third goal of the season just over four minutes later as Austin Coldwell and Monfredo assisted. Gelinas scored the goal that would send the game to overtime, Vladimir Nikiforov and Sam Warning helping at 8:27 into the final period.
Monfredo scored the winning goal at 2:50 of the overtime period, Baker assisting.
Michalek made 39 saves on 44 shots, while Asmundson made 29 on 35 shots.
The Mallards next see action in Rapid City against the Rush on Friday night. The following night the two teams will play again. Both nights the puck drops at 7 pm CST.