Chad Costello converted the winning penalty shot after picking up two assists in regulation as the host St. Charles Chill edged the Quad City Mallards 6-5 in a shootout Sunday. The Mallards did earn one point for the shootout setback.
Along with Costello, Kyle Kraemer and Steve Makway also scored in the shootout for the Chill while only Mike Hellyer- who had a goal and two assists in regulation- provided a successful penalty shot for the Mallards.
The Mallards only pushed the game to a shootout after battling from behind much of the afternoon and finally evening the score at five when Mike Stinziani- who also had an assist- scored his second goal of the contest from close range with just 55 seconds left in regulation.
Stinziani's was the Mallards' second third period equalizer. After the Mallards rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie the score with goals just a minute and 47 seconds apart from Hellyer- a rising backhander at 2:46- and Vladimir Nikiforov- a fine solo effort at 4:33- the Chill regained the lead when David Strathman's sharp angle bid trickled just over the goal line just past the midway point of the third.
The Chill had first moved in front when Justin Levac's wraparound broke a 1-1 deadlock at 3:24 of the second period. Kyle Kraemer cut into the slot to extend the gap to two goals at 11:35. The Mallards briefly narrowed the margin to 3-2 when Jim McKenzie scored from the doorstep at the 16:06 mark, but O'Kane pounced on a rebound to score his second of the game and reestablish the Chill's two goal advantage at 18:01.
Stinziani had given the Mallards what proved to be their only lead of the tilt by one-timing Mike Hellyer's centering pass home to open the scoring at 16:58 of the first period. The Chill waited just a minute and 52 seconds before tying the game on the power play. O'Kane delivered the first St. Charles goal from point blank range.
The Mallards return to action on home ice Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Chill. Next Friday is the Mallards' first $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night of the season presented by 97X and MetroLINK. Fans will be able to purchase $1 beer and $1 hot dogs at all Friday night home games this season.
Tickets for 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.