TULSA, OK – The Quad City Mallards were unable to complete their comeback bid Friday, dropping the first of a weekend road set against the Tulsa Oilers, 3-2 in Tulsa. This was their seventh straight road loss.
The Oliers took a 3-0 lead halfway through the second period, with two of the three goals scored within 17 seconds. Adam Pleskach opened the scoring at 15:51 of the first period, burying a wrist shot past goaltender Brody Hoffman after receiving a pass from Dan DeSalvo. DeSalvo’s assist gives him a seven-game point streak and points in twelve straight home games.
Jordan Kremyr scored the first of the two Tulsa goals during the second period, Phil Brewer adding a goal unassisted seconds later, when the rookie intercepted a pass in the defensive zone and went the full length of the ice before shooting the puck over Hoffman’s shoulder. Brady Ramsey put his name on the score-sheet for assisting on Kremyr’s goal.
Matt Carey put the visitors on the board at 12:45 of the second period when he roofed a wraparound-shot over Kevin Carr, Brassart and Kevin Henderson assisted on Carey’s 12th of the year. Less than two minutes later, Henderson ripped a one-timer from the low-slot into the back of the net off of a feed from Carey. The goal was Henderson’s fifth this season.
The Mallards were unable to get the game-tying goal, forcing Carr to make seven saves in the final stanza.
Overall, the Mallards seemed unable to chase the puck tonight, instead sending it behind their own net where a waiting Oiler would take it or dumping it into the offensive zone. The Mallards were out-shot, out-skated, and out-played through most of the game. The home team outshot the Mallards 14-4 through the first period.
Brody Hoffman made 28 saves, while Kevin Carr made 21 saves.
Quad City (47 points) sits three points out of eighth in the western conference, while the Oilers occupy the sixth position in the conference with 52 points. The same two teams will play tonight at the BOK Center, faceoff is set for 7:05pm.