By: Mallards Communications Staff
10/14/2017 12:11 AM
Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
The Quad City Mallards' Josh MacDonald scored the game winning goal in the third period just 23 seconds after teammate Matt Pohlkamp tied the score as the host Mallards (1-1-0) defeated the Tulsa Oilers (0-2-0) 5-4 Saturday night.
Pohlkamp erased the third Oiler lead with a close range backhander at 12:33 of the third and set the stage for MacDonald to break the deadlock from the slot at 12:56. The Mallards found themselves in need of that rapid and decisive response when Alexandre Ranger's deflection pushed the Oilers in front 4-3 at 10:38 of the third.
The third period fireworks followed a back and forth second period that produced four goals. Tulsa's Dylan Hubbs broke a 1-1 tie from the right wing circle at 2:17 of the second. The Mallards answered by grabbing their first lead with goals one minute and 46 seconds apart. The Mallards were shorthanded when Sam Warning knotted the contest on a 2-on-1 at 9:38. Justin Kovacs put the Mallards up 3-2 from the doorstep at 11:24 but Adam Pleskach's power play goal from the side of the net at 17:12 evened matters at three.
Connor Bleakley gave Tulsa a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded breakaway at 3:19 of the first period. Mallards rookie Keegan Kolesar tipped in his first career goal to tie the game at 10:02 of the first. Kolesar would go on to add two assists. Like Kolesar, Mallards rookie goaltender Ivan Kulbakov also enjoyed a milestone evening. Kulbakov earned the win in his professional debut with 27 saves.
The Mallards return to action on home ice Wednesday night at the early start time of 6:35 p.m. against the Oilers. Fans can enjoy $1 10-ounce beers from TaxSlayer Center concession stands during all Wednesday night games this season. Tickets for Wednesday evening's contest and all Mallards regular season home games are now on sale at the TaxSlayer Center box office, Ticketmaster toll free charge-by-phone (1-800-745-3000) and ticketmaster.com.