By: Mallards Communications Staff
02/20/2015 12:03 AM
Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
Justin Donati scored one goal and assisted on three others, Cal Wild provided a pair of goals and Grant Rollheiser made 41 saves as the host Brampton Beast (16-31-2) defeated the Quad City Mallards (25-19-6) 6-2 Friday night.
The Beast- which was outshot 43-19- pulled away by scoring the game's final four goals. After a shorthanded strike from the Mallards Justin Fox- on a 2-on-1 rush- tied the score at two at 3:48 of the second period Brampton rebounded to take command with back-to-back goals late in the second. Mathew Maione- who also had two assists- scored what proved to be the game winner from the blue line at the 16:42 mark. With just 45 seconds left in the middle frame Donati doubled the lead with a wrist shot from the slot.
The Beast put the game away with third period goals from Wild- on a 2-on-1 at 7:50- and Ling- who capped off the win with a 5-on-3 power play goal from the high slot at 17:36.
Brampton, which never trailed, got off to a strong start with Wild's point-blank power play opener at 9:51 of the first period. It was the Mallards who were on the power play when Matt Duffy's blue line blast evened the score at one at 15:19 of the first but just a minute and 13 seconds later Steve Tarasuk's wrist shot from the left wing circle put the Beast back on top.
The Mallards and Beast meet again in Brampton Sunday. The Mallards next play at home next Wednesday evening at 7:05 p.m. against the Allen Americans. Fans can purchase four tickets to each Mallards Wednesday home game this season for just $20. In addition, after each Wednesday home contest, fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s on River Drive in Moline- adjacent to the iWireless Center- for a postgame party.
Tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including next Wednesday's tilt- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com 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., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period. Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.