CINCINNATI, OH – In the eighth of nine road games and the second of three games in four nights, the Quad City Mallards picked up two points on the road on Friday night. It was a night filled with a fluctuating scoreboard as no team held the lead for more than 11 minutes. The Cincinnati Cyclones also earned a point on the night as the game required more than the 60 minutes during regulation time.
The score remained at zero until almost the end of the first period. Dominic Zombo broke the scoreless tie with a rebound assisted by Craig Dalrymple and Andrew Yogan. Justin Kovacs earned his first point in five games after enjoying a six-game point streak at the beginning of the season, tying the game just over five minutes into the middle frame; Guillaume Gelinas and Alex Petan assisted.
Nolan LaPorte gave the Mallards their first lead of the night just over a minute after Kovacs’ tally, Michael Parks and Kevin Gibson assisting. The Mallards wouldn’t have the advantage for long, however, Peter LeBlanc scoring his first of two goal in two minutes with just over nine minutes left in the second period. Eric Knodel and Tommy Mele assisted on LeBlanc’s power play goal, while Arvin Atwal assisted on the second.
Pavel Jenys tied the game at three apiece just over three minutes into the third period as he deflected a pass. Andrew Panzarella and Brady Brassart assisted on the tying goal. Brassart then scored the game-winning goal with just 9.7 seconds left in overtime with help from Gibson.
The two teams face off again on Saturday at 7:35 EST in Cincinnati.