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Quad City wins tough contest against Bloomington, 5-3
Story by Narrative Science.
The Quad City Mallards and the Bloomington Blaze were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Quad City made the most of its opportunities and won, 5-3.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Obi Aduba's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
Mickey Lang was all over the ice for the Mallards, as he racked up two goals in the win. Lang scored at 3:06 into the second period to make the score 1-1 and again while 9:05 into the third to make the score 3-2 Quad City.
The Quad City penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled five minors and four majors for 60 minutes in penalty time. The Mallards had been averaging 24.0 minutes in penalties per game. By firing 40 shots on goal, Quad City exceeded the 27.3 shots it averages per game this year.
Quad City additionally got points from Patrik Levesque, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Matt Duffy, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Quad City were Jared Lavender, Shayne Toporowski, and Mike Hellyer, who contributed one a piece and Darren McMillan and Mike Stinziani, who each chipped in two.
Bloomington forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and three majors for 49 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 23.0 minutes per game the Blaze had been spending in the box. Bloomington stifled the Mallards' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Blaze's offense rang up 34 shots on Quad City's net. Bloomington's offense was helped by the efforts of its defensemen, who managed to put 18 shots on net during the game.
The Blaze were led by Jesse Dudas, who finished with one goal and one assist. Dudas scored on the power play 17:32 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Bloomington. A roughing penalty on Toporowski had put Bloomington on the power play. Nicklas Lindberg assisted on the tally. Bloomington also got a goal from Sebastien Trudeau as well. More assists for Bloomington came via Steve Makway, Jared Walker, Jon Booras, and David Gilbert, who contributed one a piece.
The Mallards' John Murray stopped 31 shots out of the 34 that he faced. Quad City registered zero goals on four power play opportunities. The Mallards ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Mitch McColm was ejected from the game. Dan Dunn made 35 saves for the Blaze on 39 shots. Bloomington registered two goals on five power play opportunities.