INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Quad-City Mallards couldn’t carry over the momentum from Friday night’s victory over Tulsa, losing to the Missouri Mavericks 3-1 on Saturday night at the Independence Events Center.
"We couldn't score," coach Terry Ruskowski said. "I thought it was a good game, the first 2 or 3 minutes we couldn't get it out of the zone but then after it kind of settled down, we did a good job of cycling the puck, but we just couldn't score."
Evan Vossen’s goal at the 15-minute, 47-second mark of the second period broke a 1-1 tie. The Mallards pulled goalie Ty Rimmer with 58 seconds left but couldn’t get the equalizer past Mavericks goalie Shane Owen, losing their second straight game on the road and second straight to the Mavericks.
"We pull the goalie, and we had three really good chances, and either he made a save, or we shot it right into his pads," Ruskowski said. "It was just one of those things."
Vladimir Nikiforov scored his second goal in two games at 6:15 in the first period to give the Mallards an early 1-0 lead. Nikiforov’s goal came after Dave Pszenyczny’s tripping penalty gave the Mallards a power play, and was the third power-play goal the Mallards have scored in four games.
"We're getting more comfortable on the power play now," Ruskowski said. "We're moving the puck around well and getting more shots on net."
Eric Castonguay beat Mallards goalie Ty Rimmer, who made 32 saves on the night, at 18:18 to tie the game heading into the first overtime.
"I thought Rimmer played really well," Ruskowski said. "We made two defensive errors and they scored on them. We've got to go back to the video, and show them what they did wrong, and hopefully they won't do it again."
Trevor Kell scored the empty-net goal in the third period to seal the win for the Mavericks.