MOLINE, IL – For the second night in a row, the Wheeling Nailers defeated the Quad City Mallards 3-2 at the iWireless Center. This time however, there was no spirit of festivity in the air before the game to help soften the poor performance of the home team. In the lobby of the iWireless Center, there was a conference of the paranormal and psychic; perhaps, the fans had inquired to the future while waiting for entrance to the game.
The Nailers took a 1-0 lead roughly four and a half minutes into the opening frame off a Josh Shalla shot. Nick Sorkin assisted on the even strength goal that disturbed Adam Vay‘s water bottle as it entered the net. Less than two minutes later, Sam Warning would tie the game with help from Michael Parks. Parks dropped the puck back from the left dot to Warning, who came up to the left dot in what was one of the few great shows of successful coordination from the Mallards in that game.
Brady Brassart made an incredible play at the blueline a few minutes later, jumping to catch the puck before it could go offside and then taking it towards the net to set up an almost goal. Through the first period, the teams were mostly evenly matched. By the second period, the Mallards were being outplayed.
Pavel Jenys gave the Mallards their only lead of the night from a deflected Guillaume Gelinas shot. Nolan LaPorte also assisted on the power play goal that came just over a minute after Kyle Flemington entered the penalty box for slashing.
Michael Webster scored an unassisted goal late in the middle frame to tie the game. Then, with just nine and a half seconds remaining in the period, a defensive lapse led to the game-winning goal from Cody Wydo. Shalla and Kevin Schulze assisted on the tally.
Over the past two nights, the Nailers accumulated 93 shots on goal; the Mallards only earned 60. The Mallards need to channel the teams that beat Tulsa and Toledo on the Marsh’s ice. It was only nine days ago that the Mallards defeated the dominating Walleye.
The Mallards next take the ice on Wednesday in Cincinnati at 6:35 CST.