KALAMAZOO, MI — For the second time in as many nights, the Quad City Mallards earned two standing points. After facing the Kalamazoo Wings, the Mallards are now in third place in the Central Division and are tied for third place in the Western Conference with the Colorado Eagles.
The first period was uneventful save for a couple of minor penalties. The two teams seemed evenly matched, though the home team accumulated a few more shots on goal than the visitors through twenty.
Anthony Camara started the scoring out at 2:53 of the middle frame with help from Tyler Shattock and Eric Kattelus after Alex Gudbranson turned the puck over. Five minutes later Nelson Gadoury and Ben Wilson dropped the gloves just inside the Wings’ zone. After some preliminary sparring, Gadoury earned the take down, sparking his teammates’ enthusiasm.
Exactly four minutes into the final frame Brady Brassart scored an unassisted goal to put the Mallards on the board and tie the game. Brassart applied pressure to Adam Comrie, poke-checking the puck off Comrie’s stick. The puck deflected towards the Wings’ goal and bounced off Joel Martin’s right thigh and into the back of the net through his five-hole.
Jack Nevins and Comrie fought in the near corner behind Martin just a few minutes later. Though Nevins seemed to connect on more throws, I’d call it a draw for the headlock Nevins found himself in at the end of the bout.
Brassart scored again with 2:21 to play in the final period, firing a wrist shot from the left wing circle after he poke-checked the puck off a Kalamazoo stick in the right wing circle and past Wings goaltender Joel Martin. Grant Arnold and Pavel Jenys assisted on the game-winning goal.
The Mallards next play on Friday in Fort Wayne at 7 pm CST and return home next Saturday to play the Eastern Conference Champion, Wheeling Nailers.