DENVER -- The Quad-City Mallards missed out on two points by 3.3 seconds, suffering a 6-5 shootout loss to the Denver Cutthroats Saturday at the Denver Coliseum.
"We found a way to lose," coach Terry Ruskowski said.
Steve Kaunisto scored a goal with 3.3 seconds left in the third period to tie the game as Denver skated with an extra attacker.
Garett Bembridge and Kaunisto both scored in the shootout and the Mallards were turned away on all their attempts in the shootout by John Griggs, who has now won eight straight games.
"This was the worst," Ruskowski said. "We take penalties, we could have iced the puck... our defense, four goals could be blamed on our defense."
The Mallards held a late two-goal lead in the third period on goals from Thomas Frazee and Gergo Nagy.
Bembridge scored a power-play goal at the 16-minute, 1-second mark to pull Denver back within one and the Cutthroats pulled Griggs for an extra attacker in the final minutes.
The Mallards failed to clear the puck out of the zone and Kaunisto beat Thomas Heemskerk for the goal. Heemskerk has now lost eight straight games.
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"I don't know what you take away (from this game)," Ruskowski said. "I'm taking away anger and frustration. Guys I count on are guys that fail to get the job done"
The Mallards play the Rapid City Rush Monday before returning home.
"I haven't even thought about Rapid City yet," Ruskowski said. "I'm still irate. How can we lose that game like that? I'm still irate."