The aggressive play from the Quad City Mallards’ home opener carried over to the second match-up of the Tulsa Oilers and Mallards tonight.
Although no fights broke out, there were several heated conversations and shoving matches on the ice. Raphael Bussieres was one of the main participants of these extra-curriculars, but only received two minutes for a cross-check in the first period for his trouble.
Logan Nelson scored the first goal for the home team at the i-Wireless Center this season at 6:48 of the first period. Miles Koules got the assist. With 1:06 remaining in the first period Brian Nugent put Tulsa on the board. Brandon Wong and Adam Pleskach assisted on Nugent’s goal.
At the end of the first period, both teams gathered in a big scrum and had to be separated. However, the only penalties called were on Ryan Tesink and Mathieu Gagnon for roughing.
At 2:46 of the middle frame Koules scored his own goal, receiving help from Darren McMillan and Sam Warning. Later, Phil Brewer tied the game at two at 7:51 of the second period from Dennis Brown and Dan DeSalvo. Guillaume Gelinas gave the Mallards the lead again in the second period while on a powerplay, falling to his knees as he took the shot. Nelson and Mike Monfredo assisted on Gelinas’ second goal of the season.
The Oilers would tie the game once more at 3-3, with the same line that produced the Oilers’ second goal. Brewer got the goal early in the third period with assists by Brown and DeSalvo.
Bussieres finally put the Mallards ahead for good when he scored at 14:37 of the third. This was Bussieres’ first goal as a Mallard. He added his second goal of the night, scoring into an empty net with 19.1 seconds left, Archambault and McMillan assisted on both goals.
Brody Hoffman made his debut in net for the Mallards, earning his first win on 25 saves from 28 shots. Jussi Olkinuora made 32 saves on 36 shots for the Oilers.
The Mallards take on the Wichita Thunder today at 4PM at the i-Wireless Center.
This article was written by contributor Anna Headley