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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Gergo Nagy has spent time with both the Quad-City Mallards and Kalamazoo Wings in his career.

Wednesday night he victimized the Wings, scoring two goals and adding an assist to help the Mallards beat the Wings 5-3 at the Wings Event Center.

Nagy's two goals came as part of a four-goal second period for the Mallards, helping them overcome a 2-0 deficit after allowing two goals in a 21-second span in the first period.

"Great response," head coach Phil Axtell said. "The first period all of our shots were from the perimeter, and the boys adjusted well in the second."

Josh Pitt scored the first goal of the game, scoring on the power play to put the Wings up 1-0 at the 17-minute, 25-second mark of the first period. Kyle Bushee scored 21 seconds later to put the Wings up 2-0.

Nagy scored the first two goals of the second period, then, after Alexander Kuqali scored to give the Mallards the lead, assisted on Kyle Follmer's goal to put Quad-City up 4-2.

J.T. Stenglein scored eight seconds after Follmer's goal to cut the lead to 4-3.

Keegan Kolesar scored midway through the third period to give the Mallards insurance against a Kalamazoo comeback.

C.J. Motte made 36 saves for the Mallards while Joel Martin made 24 for the Wings.

Though the number was nothing like Motte's 60-save night from Sunday, the Mallards goaltender was just as impressive.

"Motte had another handful of highlight-reel saves to weather their push," Axtell said.

The Mallards return home to host the Wings at the TaxSlayer Center on Friday at 7 p.m.


Sports reporter for the Quad-City Times