CINCINNATI — The balance of the Cincinnati Cyclones was too much Saturday for the Quad-City Mallards.
Five different Cyclones scored as Cincinnati beat the Mallards 5-2 at U.S. Bank Arena.
Winston Day Chief opened the scoring with a power-play goal at the 13-minute, 9-second mark of the first period.
Brayden Low answered for the Mallards on the power play at 17:18 with his 17th goal of the season, moving into the team lead for goals scored.
Looking to go into the first intermission tied, the Mallards instead gave up a goal to Mike Barrett at 18:05 to go down 2-1.
Eric Knodel put Cincinnati up 3-1 at 16:48 in the second period.
There was a flurry of goals to start the third period.
Rob De Fulviis scored at 3:18, then Gergo Nagy scored 36 seconds later to cut the score to 4-2. Alex Kile responded by scoring at 5:15, capping a stretch of 1:57 in which three goals were scored.
Eric Hartzell made 23 saves for the Mallards while Jason Kasdorf made 31 for the Cyclones.
Prior to the game the Mallards acquired forward Connor Reilly along with future considerations from the Allen Americans in exchanged for future considerations.
Reilly, 26, has scored two goals and added eight assists in 31 games as a rookie with the Americans this season. The Clanhassen, Minnesota, native also picked up two assists in four games earlier this season with the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Birmingham Bulls.
The Mallards return to the TaxSlayer Center today to host the Fort Wayne Komets at 4 p.m. As part of Pucks 'n' Paws, fans can bring dogs to the game for $5. Dogs must be leashed, up to date on all shots and have displayable rabies tags.