ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The Quad-City Mallards lost to the St. Charles Chill 6-5 in a shootout Sunday afternoon
"It was a great tie," Mallards coach Terry Ruskowski said. "It was a great tie, but a bad loss."
The Mallards (1-1-1) scored 3 goals in the third period just to force overtime, capped by Mike Stinziani's goal with an extra attacker at the 19 minute, 5 second mark of the third period.
"We don't quit," Ruskowski said. "We just keep on coming at them. That's what I like about this team is they just keep on coming at them."
The Mallards were coming off of a 7-5 victory Friday night at home against St. Charles, and got the first goal of the night when Stinziani scored at the 16 minute, 58 second mark of the first period on an assist from Mike Hellyer.
Kyle O'Kane's power-play goal with just over a minute remaining tied the game going into the first intermission.
The Mallards gave up two more goals before Quad-City forward Jim McKenzie scored at 16:06 in a second period that featured 14 penalties, including multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on both teams.
"When the benches are that close, one guy says one thing and the other guy responds, and all of a sudden they go at it on the ice," Ruskowski said. "It is what it is, I guess. We can't be intimidated by anything, and we weren't."
The Mallards gave up another Chill (1-2-1) goal at 18:01 of the second period and trailed 4-2 heading into the third period. The third period featured one Chill and three Mallards goals, including the game-tying goal by Stinziani.
"We know we have the offensive power that can score but we've got to get better defense," Ruskowski said. "Once we do that, I think we're going to be a team to be reckoned with."
Mike Hellyer gave the Mallards the early 1-0 advantage in the shootout, but no one else could score for the Mallards, and the Chill scored three goals to grab the win and two points.
The Mallards play the Chill again at 7:05 p.m. Friday at the iWireless Center.