The Quad-City Mallards snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Brampton Beast on Thursday night at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ont.
"Obviously we needed this after four losses, and then last game (a 7-1 loss) against Wichita, we surely needed this," coach Terry Ruskowski said. "Having a full roster tonight really helped solidify the lines."
Gergo Nagy scored two goals and had an assist, while Ty Rimmer stopped 34 out of 35 shots in the victory.
"The show was Rimmer," Ruskowski said. "He played outstanding again. I was hoping he would get a shutout, because he certainly deserved it. He played brilliant, and he was really the game breaker for us, because the more he stopped, the better we played."
After a scoreless first period, Jeff Lee scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season at the 11-minute mark of the second to give the Mallards their first lead in over two weeks.
"It was very important after going the first period without scoring," Ruskowski said. "We knew at that time it would be a low-scoring game, and the first goal was going to be a very important goal, whoever scored it."
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Nagy's assist on a Matt Boyd goal at 4:54 in the third period gave the Mallards a 2-0 lead, and Nagy added two more goals in the period, including an empty-netter at 18:55 that put the game away.
"You watch (Nagy) in practice, he works hard in practice, he tries to get better, and he is getting better," Ruskowski said. "We've just got to work a little bit more on his defensive game. He works hard, and if you work hard, good things will happen."
Rob Collins goal at 17:51 in the third period was the lone blemish on Rimmer's night. The Mallards continue their three-game road trip in Brampton tonight at 6:30 p.m.