Mike Hellyer scored two goals- including the third period winner- and added an assist and Matt Boyd piled up a goal and three assists as the host Quad City Mallards recovered after squandering a 5-0 lead to defeat the St. Charles Chill 7-5 Saturday night.
Hellyer broke a 5-5 tie by burying Mike Monfredo's centering pass at 13:27 of the third. Gergo Nagy's empty net goal clinched victory for the Mallards in the final minute.
The Mallards found themselves in need of third period heroics after the Chill rallied from five goals down to tie the game. Chad Costello- who also picked up an assist- kick-started the comeback by scoring twice late in the first period. Costello got St. Charles on the scoreboard for the first time by driving the puck home from a bad angle at 16:10 of the first; at 18:46 the Chill was shorthanded when his backhander sailed in under the crossbar.
The Chill charge continued in the second period. David Strathman scored from the side of the net to cut the gap to 5-3 at 4:12. Nielsson Arcibal brought St. Charles back within one and brought about the replacement of Mallard starting goaltender Thomas Heemskirk by Ty Rimmer- who would go on to make a dozen saves while securing a relief win- by banking the puck in off a Mallard skate just 65 seconds later. Anthony Perdicaro's power play goal from the slot completed the Chill's long road back at 13:58 of the second.
The St. Charles roll came in response to a first period Mallard explosion that saw Quad City score five times in 11 minutes and 36 seconds. The onslaught started just 53 seconds into the game when Hellyer pumped in Mike Stinziani's centering feed. At 2:16 Boyd doubled the lead from the slot. Matt Duffy's blast stretched the gap to 3-0 exactly five minutes into the opening period and chased Chill starting netminder Mathieu Corbeil from the game. A pair of power play goals separated by just 54 seconds greeted replacement goalie Robert Moss. Stinziani converted Hellyer's cross crease pass at 11:35. Mere moments later Gabriel Levesque scored the Mallards' fifth from the high slot and seemingly put the game beyond the Chill's reach, but it was only after a roller coaster ride through the rest of the evening that the Mallards grabbed the win.
The Mallards and Chill meet again tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. in St. Charles. The Mallards return to action on home ice next Friday night at 7:05 p.m. again against the Chill. Next Friday is the Mallards' first $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night of the season presented by 97X and MetroLINK.
Tickets for next Friday’s game and all other Mallards regular season home games are now on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000 or at the iWireless Center ticket office. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.