Jason Pitton scored at 1:20 of overtime to give the Brampton Beast a come from behind 4-3 win over the host Quad City Mallards Saturday night. The Mallards, who earned one point for the sudden death loss, remain unbeaten in regulation in their last eight games (4-0-4).
Pitton capped of the Beast's rally from a 3-1 deficit by sweeping in the rebound after Mallard goaltender Thomas Heemskerk (29 saves) stopped his initial point blank bid.
The game went to the extra period after Matt Caruana steered in Rob Collins's feed from the slot to even the score at three at 8:36 of the third. Calin Wild's power play tip-in had started the Brampton comeback at 6:51 of the second period.
The Mallards had seized the initiative first by scoring three times in the opening period. Vladimir Nikiforov's solo rush gave the Mallards a 1-0 lead at 5:27 of the first. Jeff Lee buried Jim McKenzie's centering pass to stretch the gap to a pair at 12:13. The Beast cut the Mallard lead in half when Dan Milan's shot from the left point was deflected home at the 14:15 mark, but Gergo Nagy scored from the slot just a minute and a half minutes later to reestablish the two goal margin. The Mallards however, would not score again.
The Mallards' Rivalry Weekend presented by Pub 1848 concludes when the Mallards host the Beast for the third time in as many days tomorrow at 4:05 p.m.
The Mallards will join in the spirit of the holiday season by accepting Toys for Tots donations at tomorrow's game. Fans will receive $3 off a regularly priced ticket to tomorrow's contest for each new toy they donate at the iWireless Center.
Tomorrow also sees the Mallards play their first Sunday home game of the season and, thus, give fans their first chance to take advantage of the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package. With the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package, fans can purchase four lower level tickets for just $55 or four upper level seats for only $45 and receive a certificate for a free large single topping pizza from Harris Pizza. The Puck and Pizza Package is available at the iWireless Center Box Office for all Wednesday and Sunday games.
Families will have a further chance to save on tickets to tomorrow's game- tickets to that contest are available at the iWireless Center ticket office to children 12 and under for just $1 with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket.
Mallards players will join fans for a postgame party at Pub 1848 immediately after tomorrow's tilt. Pub 1848 is located at 1601 River Drive in Moline.
Also after tomorrow's game, fans will have the chance to meet a pair of Mallards for autographs and photographs at each of two Governor's Pub & Grill locations. Nick Grasso and Thomas Frazee will stop by Governor's at 2180 53rd Street in Moline while Darren McMillan and Mike Monfredo will be at Governor's at 3470 Middle Road in Bettendorf.
Tickets for tomorrow's weekend finale and 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.