Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Quad City Mallards 3, Allen Americans 2
The two teams will face off again on Thursday.
The Mallards opened the scoring in the first period when Mallards forward Mickey Lang fired one from just inside the blue line that hit the arm of Americans netminder Rejean Beauchemin and trickled behind him. Beauchemin tried to knock the puck away witch his stick but pushed it across the line, and the Mallards were on top by a score of 1-0. Fifteen seconds later, it was Lang again, this time on a feed from CHL All Star Brandon Marino from the right face-off circle. Lang fired a quick shot that beat Beauchemin to the glove side and the Mallards were on top by a score of 2-0. Allen outshot Quad City 7-5 in the opening period.
The Mallards added to their lead in the second despite being outshot 17-13 through two periods, and 10-8 in the second period, as Quad City forward Jason Kostadine followed up a rebound in front of the Allen net, putting one top-shelf on the back-hand to give the Mallards a 3-0 cushion. The Americans had several chances in that second period, but former Americans netminder David McKee turned away shot after shot, keeping the Americans off the scoreboard through 40 minutes.
In the third, the Americans finally solved McKee, as Colton Yellow Horn found Jim McKenzie in front of the Allen net to make it a 3-1 game. It was McKenzie’s 19th of the season and third goal in the last three games. The Americans cut the lead to one goal at the 10:52 mark on the power play when Dylan King let one rip from the right side beating David McKee and the Americans were back in it. However, a late charge by Allen fell just a little short, as McKee did not allow the tying goal despite great Allen pressure, and the Mallards won the game 3-2 in the first ever meeting between the two clubs.
The Americans host Quad City on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Allen Event Center.
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