(Photo Credit: Sean Flynn)
The Quad City Mallards scored a pair of goals in the third period to break open a 1-1 first period tie and added an empty netter in the final seconds to secure a 4-1 over the Chill Wednesday night.
Quad City (28-20-10) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Justin Fox but the Chill defense, led by goalie Linus Lundin, shut the door the rest of the period and set up a goal late in the period. Mike Kavanagh fired a pass to Nicklas Lindberg who fed a streaking John Snowden through the slot and past the defense before he snapped off a shot to tie the game at 1-1 in the final three minutes of the opening period.
The start of the second period was back and forth with both goalies making outstanding saves to preserve the 1-1 tie and the Chill killed off a pair of power plays to keep the game tied despite being outshot 14-10 in the frame.
St. Charles (11-43-6) fell behind just over a minute into the third period on a goal from Matt Boyd but the Chill would continue to fight hard, a nod to them being named the second hardest working team in the Central Hockey League. The game was back and forth in the middle of the final period and featured a fight between the Chill’s Charles Lachance and Quad City’s Matt Duffy that seemed to spark the crowd. The Mallards fed off that energy to add to their lead on a goal from Mike Monfredo with less than five minutes remaining. St. Charles would fall by a final of 3-1 and will square off against the Mallards for the final time with a pair of games the final weekend of the regular season at the Family Arena.
The Chill continues its six-game road trip with three games over the weekend starting Friday at 7:05 against the Allen Americans. You can catch the live action at Mr. Lucky’s for the Away Game Watch Party. St. Charles is back at home the final weekend of the season March 28th and 29th with Pack The House Night and Fan Appreciation night that closes the inaugural season. For more information on the Chill, or for group tickets, call 636.724.SHOT (7468) or visit www.stcharleschill.com.