INDIANAPOLIS — The Quad-City Mallards suffered an eerie feeling of déjà vu Thursday night.
The Mallards gave up six goals in the second period and fell 8-7 to the Indy Fuel at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
On March 19 of last season, the Mallards surrendered six goals in the first period en route to an 8-7 loss to the Fuel at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
The first period was much better for the Mallards this go around as they scored the game's first three goals and took a 4-2 lead into the first intermission.
Brayden Low scored a pair of goals in the period, Tristan King added the third and Alex Globke scored the fourth, Globke's goal coming after the Fuel scored a pair of goals.
"We had six even strength goals (on the night)," head coach Phil Axtell said. "I think three days away from the rink due to the shortage of ice didn't help. We'll regroup and hopefully respond."
The Mallards actually kept the lead at two goals, 6-4, thanks to goals from Gergo Nagy and King, King scoring his 10th goal in his last 11 games.
The Fuel answered with a pair of goals 28 seconds apart to tie the game 6-6 at the 11-minute, 49-second mark of the second period, then took advantage of a prolonged power play.
Triston Grant was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding, and the Fuel scored a pair of goals to take the 8-6 lead into the second intermission. On the whole, the Fuel, who are the top-ranked power play in the league, were 4-of-8 on the man advantage.
"They won the special teams battle, and we lost tonight's war," Axtell said. "Lesson learned is that we have to stay out of the box when the other team's power play is number one in the league."
Jake Bolton scored on a 6-on-5 to cut the lead to 8-7 at the 18:52 mark of the third period but the Mallards couldn't find the equalizer.
C.J. Motte made 29 saves in net for the Mallards while Etienne Marcoux earned the win, coming in to relieve starter Matt Tomkins for Indy.