Score: Bloomington 7, Mallards 2

Key: Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Mallards lacked the energy they needed to compete with the Blaze, who set the tone early by getting 22 shots in the first period. Only a strong effort in net from goalie Jimmy Spratt kept Q-C from getting blown out in the first 20 minutes.

Turning point: The Mallards trailed 3-2 entering the third period, but the Blaze quickly put away their Prairie State rivals with three goals in the first five minutes of the final period, ending any hopes the Mallards had of ending the weekend with a victory. Six different players scored for the Blaze, and Nicklas Lindberg led the charge with goals in the second and third periods.

He said it: “In the third period, it was just all over. Let’s call a spade a spade, we didn’t deserve to win. We played a little intimidated. Our passing was awful, our defense played really bad and we didn’t move the puck the way we should. It was one of those Murphy’s Law games, and I hope it doesn’t happen again.”

— Q-C coach Terry Ruskowski

Bad Blood: Sunday marked the fifth meeting of the season between the Mallards and the Blaze, and tempers again spilled over in the third period of the contest. Two fights took place, with Mickey Lang dropping the gloves against Bloomington’s Travis Granbois and Mitch McColm squaring off against Bloomington’s Steve Makway. Makway was also handed a game misconduct for his troubles.

Next: at Fort Worth, 7 p.m. Wednesday, NYTEX Sports Center.

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