2/18/2012 10:54:00 PM Quad City starts fast, routs Sundogs
Sean Flynn/Courtesy Quad City Mallards The Mallardsí Eric Glosa (23) got loose for two goals Saturday night as Kyle Hood and the Arizona defense tried to keep up at the i-wireless Center in Moline, Ill.
The Daily Courier
The Arizona Sundogs were on the wrong end of a big first period against the Quad City Mallards Saturday night and never recovered.
The Mallards closed the opening frame with three goals in a span of three minutes to rattle the Sundogs, who lost 7-3 before a big crowd of 5,416 at the i-wireless Center in Moline, Ill.
The Mallards' Eric Glosa finished the night with two goals and two assists.
Already one of the worst defensive units in the CHL, Arizona allowed seven or more goals in a contest for the fifth time this season, but their season-worst was an 8-spot put on by the Wichita Thunder in an 8-4 decision last month.
The Sundogs' Olivier Prouix got the road team on the board with a powerplay goal less than two minutes into the second period. It would be Arizona's only powerplay goal in four opportunities on the night.
The Sundogs tried to claw their way back into it in the third period. Trailing 5-1, Daymen Rycroft and Kevin Petovello scored consecutive goals to slice the gap to 5-3 with seven minutes left in regulation. But Quad City - in the thick of a competitive race for the top four playoff spots available in the Turner Conference - put the game on ice when Justin Chwedoruk and Shane Lovdahl each beat Sundogs' goalie Scott Reid late in the third.
Reid relieved starter Mike Spillane, who played just 20 minutes in goal. The Mallards' David McKee stopped 31 shots in 60 minutes at the other end.
With just 17 games left in the regular season, the Sundogs are desperately trying to fight their way into the postseason. By virtue of Laredo's 3-2 shootout win over Rapid City Saturday night, the Sundogs dropped to dead last in the Berry Conference. They are currently 12 points behind fourth-place Tulsa, which at the moment holds the conference's final playoff spot.
Meanwhile, the Mallards used their three points to overtake Rapid City for the Turner Conference's fourth available playoff spot.
Sundogs veteran Tyler Butler went into Saturday looking for his 100th career goal, after notching No. 99 Friday night. Butler was held without a point on Saturday.
Arizona moves on to play the Turner Conference's first-place Evansville (Ind.) IceMen Sunday night for the opener of a two-game set. The Sundogs' current 11-game road swing doesn't end until a home game Feb. 28 against Rapid City in Prescott Valley.