BRAMPTON, Ont. — The Quad-City Mallards' road domination over Brampton ended Sunday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Beast at the Powerade Centre.
Andrew Fournier's goal at the 4-minute, 33-second mark of overtime gave the Beast their first home win over the Mallards, who had won the previous five meetings north of the border.
"It just wasn't the same, we just didn't get the bounces like we did the first two games," coach Terry Ruskowski said. "It was a hard game to coach and a hard game to play. I can't explain it, nothing was working properly tonight."
The Mallards trailed 3-2 in the third period until Matt Duffy scored on the power play at 15:09 to send the game to overtime. The league's worst unit has now scored on the power play in two straight games.
"It's starting to see some life," Ruskowski said. "We're moving the puck around better and getting better chances on the power play."
Ty Rimmer made 34 saves in the loss after only allowing one goal in the previous two games.
"He couldn't play games like he had the last two nights," Ruskowski said. "That was unconscious hockey, but he played good tonight, just didn't get the breaks. The first two nights he was spectacular, and today he was very good."
Justin Fox and Thomas Frazee also scored for the Mallards, who gained five points and are in sole possession of sixth place in the standings after their weekend road trip.
"If we can go into every road trip, three-game series with five out of a possible six points, it's good," Ruskowski said. "But if we're happy with that, the loss doesn't mean anything. I think the guys feel like they lost tonight, only got one point instead of two points, and that's the mentality I like to see."