When a hockey team scores seven goals in one period, it’s usually a pretty good indication that they probably won the game. That was not the case in Saturday’s game between the Quad City Ice Eagles and the Northwest Chargers, when the Eagles blitzed the Charger goal for seven third period goals, but that was only enough to salvage a wild 8-8 tie.
Playing without Hegwein, Hasselbusch (injuries) and Balsar (flu), the Eagles fell behind the home team just 10 seconds into the contest when Myers scored for the Chargers. Mark Muenstermann got that one back at the 4:46 mark of the first period, but the rest of the first and second periods were a disaster for the Eagles as repeated defensive breakdowns left Goalie Brandon Morgan fighting for his life in the Eagles’ goal. Four unanswered Charger goals pushed their lead to 5-1 after two periods.
Between the second and third periods, Coach Jerry Moon told the players to play like it was 0-0 and just try to win the third period. Ryne Takacs started the Eagle comeback when he scored just seven seconds into the third, and Josh Moon scored 58 seconds later to cut the lead to 5-3. But just as suddenly, the Chargers struck back with two quick goals to extend the lead to 7-3. But the Eagles did not quit. Justin Welsh sent Austin Busch in alone for a breakaway goal at 4:59, and 31 seconds later, Robbie Jacobsen made it 7-5, assisted by Carr and Dotterer. The Chargers responded again at 6:54 to make it 8-5, setting the stage for one last push by the Eagles. Jacobsen found Busch floating behind the defense and his perfect pass sent Busch in alone for another breakaway goal at 8:14, and Busch finished his hat trick 31 seconds later on yet another breakaway. Now trailing just 8-7, the Eagles tied the game on Takacs’ second of the game, assisted by Jason Corcoran.
With the Chargers reeling, the Eagles continued to pour shots at the net, but couldn’t get the game winner, and had to settle for a tie. It wasn’t pretty, but QC had to feel a lot better about the tie than did the Chargers.