By: Mallards Communications Staff
Photo: Cincinnati Cyclones

Grant Arnold scored what proved to be the game winning goal as the Quad City Mallards (29-18-2) defeated the host Cincinnati Cyclones (23-23-4) 3-2 Wednesday night to extend their winning streak eight games.

The Mallards responded with two telling goals after Cincinnati's Tommy Mele tied the score at one with wrist shot from the left wing circle at 2:25 of the second period. The Mallards' Michael Parks broke the deadlock from the high slot at 10:04 of the second. With just 10.8 seconds left in the period, Arnold stretched the lead to 3-1 by charging into the Cincinnati goal mouth to bat home Sam Warning's saucer pass.

Arnold's goal loomed even larger after Mele cut the Mallard lead to 3-2 at 6:35 of the third period by burying a rebound during a Cyclone power play.

The Mallards would, however, protect that one goal lead the rest of the way- even after the Cyclones pulled goaltender Michael Houser for an extra attacker with just over a minute remaining. Arnold delivered again to preserve the victory after the Mallards were called for a penalty with 5.8 seconds left and Cincinnati went up 6-on-4. The rookie center blocked Shawn Donnell's shot from the slot just before the buzzer to finally put the Cyclones away.

The Mallards had first moved in front when Justin Kovacs scored on a breakaway at 11:10 of the first period.

The Mallards' win streak is their longest since they ripped off ten straight United Hockey League victories between March 20 and April 10, 2004.

The Mallards will return home Friday evening for a 7:05 p.m. rematch with the Cyclones. Friday night's game brings the second annual Doland Jewelers Weddings on Ice- four couples will be married at center ice during the first intermission of the Mallards' match-up with Cincinnati. Friday is also another $2 Dog/$2 Beer Night presented by 97X. Fans can enjoy $2 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during every Friday Mallards home game. In addition, the Mallards have once again this season partnered with Metro to provide transit service between Augustana College and downtown Moline during all Friday home games. As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.

Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season home games- including Friday night's game- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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