After a long week full of snow days and cancellations, the Mavericks finally were ready for some ‘Friday Night Hockey’. Playing one of their biggest rivals, the Quad City Mallards, the Mavericks were looking to start a six-point weekend and a winning-streak. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it all went down. The game was forced into overtime and then a shootout. The Mavericks lost in the seventh round of the shootout gaining one point but not the two they needed.
“It’s a weird one, we generated so many good quality scoring chances in the first period. We just couldn’t settle the truck down, even in the shootout. Guys were creating great chances but the puck just pulled of their sticks and we couldn’t get the puck into the scoring zone,” Hillman said, “We wish we had two points tonight and disappointed we didn’t but we’re proud of the boys for being down by one in the third and then giving us the chance to win.”
With only one goal being scored in the first forty minutes, the game started with a little bit of a lull. The goal was scored 5:58 into the first period by the Quad City Mallards, Anthony Perdicaro. After receiving a great set-up pass from Mickey Lang, Perdicaro deked, shot and scored. The first period ended in a 1-0 lead for the Mallards. The second period showcased a vicious fight between Riley Emmerson, 6’8, Gabriel Boutin-Gagnon, 5’11. The fight was won by Emmerson from the start but still, Emmerson thrashed, punched and never let Gangon get a good punch on him.
With the Mallards still leading 1-0 in the third period, something hit the Mavericks hard and the Mavericks started coming back. Just eight minutes in, Ryan Jardine and Sebastian Thinel had a 2 on 2 break. Jardine fed Thinel a great pass and Thinel hit the bottom corner of the goal, tying the game at one. Precisely, a minute and a half later, the Mavericks gained control of the lead on another great goal by Sebastian Thinel. This goal was assisted by Kellen Tochkin. With a 1:46 to go in the game, the Mallards began pulling their goalie but as soon as he made it to the bench, Mike Stinziani scored tying the game at two and ultimately sending the game into overtime.
Both teams failed to score in overtime and sent the game to a ‘nail-biting’ shootout. There were only three goals scored in the shootout. The first came in the first round on Mike Helleyer goal, then Sebastian Thinel tied it up at one in the second round. After five more rounds of no goals, the Mallards, Bob Preece shot and scored winning the game for the Mallards.
“They [Mallards] work really hard so it was pretty tough to get offensive chances but when we did, we didn’t bury them right away. We got two in third and thought we had them but a couple mistakes in our zone and they were right back in it,” Mavs Captain, Sebastian Thinel said, “It’s the same story every time now and we know it. It’s just too bad but we have two more games and we have to focus on those now.”