Jim McKenzie scored at 6:47 of overtime to give the host Quad City Mallards a 2-1 win over the Allen Americans Friday night and deadlock the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-finals at two victories apiece.
McKenzie jammed in the sudden death winner from the side of net.
Jordan Mayer, who assisted on McKenzie’s goal, crashed the net to tie the score at one with just 51 seconds left in the second period and set the stage- after a scoreless third period- for overtime.
The Americans had opened the scoring when Alex Lavoie finished off a power play give-and-go with Spencer Asuchak at 3:26 of the first period.
The Mallards host game five tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. The series will move back to Allen next Tuesday night for game six. If the series goes the distance, the Americans would host the seventh and deciding game next Wednesday evening.
Tickets for Mallards home playoff games can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.