INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Matt Pohlkamp saved the night for the Quad-City Mallards.
After seeing a three-goal lead erased in the third period, Pohlkamp scored his fifth goal of the season with just 83 seconds remaining in regulation to break a tie with the Kansas City Mavericks.
Brayden Low added an empty net goal to give the Mallards a 5-3 win over the Mavericks on Saturday at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
"It got a little dicey," head coach Phil Axtell said. "We found a way, stuck to the game plan, got pucks deep, pucks to the net, (Pohlkamp) came up big."
The Mallards scored the first goal of the game just three minutes, 15 seconds in on a power play goal from Kyle Follmer.
The Mallards also scored the first goal Friday night against the Indy Fuel but then surrendered three straight goals in a loss.
This time, they backed it up, with Jamie Tardif scoring his first goal of the season, also on the power play, to give the Mallards a 2-0 lead at 12:26 in the first period.
The Mallards entered the game on a 0-for-10 stretch on the power play but finished the night 2-for-4.
"Both units worked," Axtell said. "It starts with face offs, both power-play goals we won the face off and executed, and that's big."
Ryan McGrath made it 3-0 with a goal just 31 seconds into the second period.
That goal woke Missouri up. The Mavericks came back from a 3-0 deficit Friday night to beat Kalamazoo and tried to do the same against the Mallards.
The Mavericks outshot the Mallards 28-13 in the final two periods and 34-27 in the game and started their comeback in the third period.
Mike McMurtry scored Kansas City’s first goal at 5:06 in the third period, then assisted on Mark Cooper’s power play goal at 9:38.
Justin Breton tied the game at 13:23 as the Mavericks scored three goals in less than nine minutes to tie the game.
But Pohlkamp broke the tie to give the Mallards their second road win of the season and move them past Kalamazoo into fifth place in the division standings.
"It's huge for the road win, for the team," Axtell said. "I'm hoping we look back at this game later on in the season and say that's where we learned to battle through the home team push."