Andrew Fournier scored with just 27.8 seconds left in overtime to give the host Brampton Beast a 4-3 win over the Quad City Mallards Sunday. With the victory- their first in six tries on home ice against the Mallards this season- Brampton (21-18-3, 45 points) moved one point ahead of Quad City (19-9-8) into sole possession of fifth place.
Fournier provided the winner by snapping home a centering pass from Rob Collins, who had a goal and two assists.
The Mallards, who did earn a single point for the sudden death setback, forced overtime when Matt Duffy scored a 5-on-3 power play goal from the left wing circle to even the score at three with 4:51 left in regulation.
The Beast emerged with a 3-2 lead from a ninety second stretch that produced three goals early in the second period. Collins kick-started the fireworks by breaking a 1-1 deadlock with a one timer from the right wing circle at 2:56 of the second. Just 46 seconds later the Mallards’ Thomas Frazee scored from the slot to knot the score at two, but Steve Makway’s blast from the high slot would put Brampton back on top only 44 seconds after Frazee’s equalizer.
Justin Fox gave the Mallards a 1-0 lead from the right wing circle at 4:44 of the first period. The Beast tied the game when Tylor Michel buried Matt Caruana’s centering pass at 9:13 of the first.