MOLINE, IL – The Quad City Mallards notched their third straight win, defeating the Indy Fuel in a shoot-out 4-3 on Friday. Chicago Wolves assignee Dmitry Osipov made his Mallards debut after being assigned on Wednesday, earning two minutes in penalties and two shots on goal. Ivan Kulbakov made his fourth straight start for the Mallards, with Alex Sakellaropoulos still sitting on the bench after being signed on October 19. Kulbakov made 29 saves for Etienne Marcoux’s 44 through regulation and overtime.
The Mallards struck early again, Sam Warning netting the first goal of the night on a backhanded shot while on a power-play. Warning received the puck from Justin Kovacs near the right circle in the offensive zone, skating right to left just in front of the crease to score the goal. Willie Raskob earned the secondary assist on that tally. The Fuel struck back quickly, however, tying the game just two minutes later. Nick Bligh rocketed the puck over Kulbakov’s right shoulder from the high slot to the right, Reed Seckel assisting.
The score remained the same until 14:08 of the sandwich stanza when Alex Globke scored his first goal of the season. Ales Sova kept the puck in using his skate along the blue line after taking a pass from Kovacs who was along the left boards at the level of the dots. Sova passed to Kyle Bigos along the blue-line, who sent a one-timer towards the net; that shot was tipped in by Globke. The Fuel then scored twice within the final two minutes of the middle frame, the latter of the two coming with just 0.6 seconds remaining on the clock.
Seckel fell onto Kulbakov in front of the net, leaving a gaping void for Matt Rupert to send the puck into at 18:01. Kulbakov was unhappy with the goal that was assisted by Ryan Rupert, apparently thinking there was interference on him, but the officials disagreed. Cam Reid then gave the Fuel their first and only lead of the night off a goal that came immediately following a face-off to Kulbakov’s left. Bligh made his way onto the scoresheet again with the apple on that goal. The Mallards scored the lone goal of the final frame off a Matt Pohlkamp shot. Pohlkamp sent the puck to kiss twine over Marcoux’s left shoulder from the far edge of the right near dot.
The Mallards entered their third straight overtime, getting a power-play just under two minutes into the bonus hockey after Zach Miskovic earned a tripping call. Though the power-play was unsuccessful, it was a good unit. Tristan King and Kovacs were the only two to score in the shoot-out, Kovacs the second and final shooter for the Mallards. Alex Wideman and Bligh were the shooters for Indy, both being denied by Kulbakov.
The Mallards were a crisper team than so far this season, also managing to out-shoot their opponent 47-32. The Mallards will travel to Fort Wayne to face the Komets for the first time since the playoffs, with puck drop set for 6:30 pm CST tonight.
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