Mallards burn Blaze play again tonight


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Posted Online: Feb. 08, 2013, 10:40 pm
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By Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
A blowout win turned into a wakeup call for the Quad City Mallards.

In front of a raucous and roaring crowd, the Mallards picked up a big 9-6 win over Bloomington, but led 8-2 before giving up four goals in the final period.

Anthony Perdicaro picked up a hat trick, scoring all three of his goals in a second period in which QC netted seven total goals to blow the game open.

In the third, the Mallards looked ready to hit the showers, while the Blaze scored and built momentum for a rematch tonight in Bloomington.

"I just kept looking up saying, "Gosh I wish that clock would go down faster," QC coach Terry Ruskowski said. "It seemed like everything they shot went in.

"They're probably happier than we are and we won the game."

The Mallards ran Dann Dunn after the Blaze tender gave up six goals in a period and a half.

That really brought the house down after fans had been enjoying dollar beers and dollar hot dogs all night. The second period gave the fans life, and with every goal the more than 4,000 in attendance gave the Mallards energy.

"Maybe that's the secret to it all. Pack the place and we'll score some goals," Ruskowski said. "Everybody really got their money's worth tonight."

As an exclamation point to the period, the second ended with an all-out brawl between six different players. In all, seven players were put in the box for fighting and a pair of game-misconducts were handed out.

The two points for the win keep the Mallards in the playoff hunt and move them even closer to the No. 8 spot occupied by the Blaze. A win tonight in Bloomington would move QC into the eight spot alone, in a conference where just five points separates fifth and ninth.

"This is the time of year where you just need to go out and get better every day," Perdicaro said. "We got a little content with eight goals, and tonight just showed you that any team can come back."

Obi Aduba got the QC scoring started as he converted a power play in the first period. Then Shayne Toporowski, Mike Stinziani, Mickey Lang and Bob Preece all added to Perdicaro's total in the second. In the third period, Mike Hellyer gave the Mallards their ninth goal, a season-high.

Preece added a pair of assists to earn the second star, while Jason Dixon had two assists and was named third star.

















 




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