Posted Online: Feb. 22, 2013, 11:48 pm
Mallards survive shootout to score key road victory
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DENVER, Colo. -- It means a lot to make the most of the man-advantage in hockey, but the Quad City Mallards seemed better off a man short Friday Night at Denver Coliseum.
Having lost four of their last five games, the Mallards scratched clawed and found a way to pull out a 4-3 shootout win.
After Anthony Perdicaro scored to put the Mallards ahead in the shootout, Denver's fifth skater Luke Fulghum answered to keep the Cutthroats alive.
The shootout ended up exhausting 10 skaters, before Perdicaro got another penalty-shot chance, and found the net again for the sudden-death game-winner.
John Murray was excellent in goal for the Flock, stopping 10-of-11 shootout chances, and finishing the game with 22 saves on 25 shots.
A defensive lapse allowed Denver's Troy Schwab to score what looked to be the game-winning goal, but Perdicaro also tied the game at 3, forcing overtime on a shorthanded score on a pass from Mickey Lang at the12:44 mark of the third period.
Besides Perdicaro, the Mallards (22-22-6) needed a heroic effort to earn the road win against the Cutthroats (25-21-7).
In the third period, the Mallards were constantly shorthanded with defenseman Bob Preece making multiple trips to the penalty box.
While the Mallards were unable to take advantage of four power-play opportunities, Lang was able to give the Mallards hope, scoring his league-leading sixth shorthanded goal to tie the game at 2 with 5:21 gone in the third period.
The Cutthroats made it an uphill battle adding to their lead on a goal by Gabe Gauthier to make it 2-0 at 9:26.
The Flock responded, though, Matt Duffy passed to Mike Stinziani for a goal at the 11:15 mark of the second period to make it a one goal game.
It seemed like the Mallards had missed their chance when Denver was able to kill a penalty in the opening five minutes of the third period.
The QC's Preece picked up a hooking penalty to give Denver the power play, but that paved the way for Lang and Perdicaro's heroics.
The Mallards will get a rematch at Denver Coliseum tonight with the puck dropping again at 8 p.m.