Jim McKenzie scored twice and the host Quad City Mallards pulled away with three third period goals on the way to a 6-1 win over the Brampton Beast Friday night. The victory stretched the Mallards' winning streak to three straight games and extended their regulation unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3).
A McKenzie tip-in opened the scoring and gave the Mallards a lead the would never relinquish at 8:42 of the first period. With just 1:25 left in the first Mike Hellyer (who also had an assist) buried a rebound to double the Mallard advantage.
The Beast cut the gap to 2-1 when Andrew Fournier batted in a power play goal from the doorstep at 10:15 of the second period, but McKenzie would score for the second time and kick off a run of four unanswered Mallard goals by pouncing on a rebound at 11:33 of the second.
The third period Mallard onslaught started when Mike Stinziani (who also picked up an assist) widened the margin to 4-1 from close range at 7:08. At 14:37 Tyler Yaworski scored his first career goal from the left wing circle and just 58 seconds later Darren McMillan capped off the win by rifling in a Gergo Nagy feed- the assist was Nagy's third of the game- from the high slot.
The Mallards' Rivalry Weekend presented by Pub 1848 continues when the Mallards host the Beast tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m and Sunday at 4:05 p.m. The Mallards will join in the spirit of the holiday season by accepting Toys for Tots donations at their games Saturday and Sunday. Fans will receive $3 off a ticket to either of those games for each new toy they donate at the iWireless Center.
Tickets for all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. 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.