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The Quad City Ice Eagle Bantam travel team opened its 1999-2000 season Sunday afternoon with a pair of convincing wins over Dubuque in games played at the Quad City Sports Center.  Despite the absence of last year’s leading scorer, Josh Moon, out of action with a sprained ankle, the Eagles swept the two-game set by scores of 7-2 and 3-0.  Summaries of each game follow.


The Ice Eagles came to the rink expecting to meet the Springfield team, but they backed out at the last minute, and the Dubuque Bantams were gracious enough to make the trip down Highway 61 on extremely short notice.  The Eagles jumped on Dubuque early when Ryne Takacs converted a pass from Jason Corcoran for his first goal of the season with just 36 seconds gone in the first period.  Less than five minutes later, Takacs added to the lead with his second goal, assisted by Austin Busch.  The Eagles put the game out of reach with three second period goals.  Winger Tom Parkinson scored the first of his two goals with 8:48 to go in the second, assisted by Chad Dotterer.  Six minutes later, Will Hegwein tipped in Jason Corcoran’s drive from the left point for his first of the year, and a minute later, Parkinson scored his second, with assists going to Les Mooney and Corcoran.  The teams traded goals in the third period, with Austin Busch tallying his first of the year, with an assist to Brandon Balsar.  After Dubuque broke Brandon Kruse’s bid for a shutout midway through the third, Ryne Takacs completed his hat trick with 2:57 left, with Dotterer picking up another helper.  A late goal by Dubuque made the final 7-1.  For the game, Quad Cities outshot Dubuque 24-17.


In the second game,  Goalie Brandon Morgan made his first appearance between the pipes for the Eagles.  Although the score of this game was closer, Quad Cities dominated thoroughly, outshooting Dubuque 21-1 over the first two periods.  Despite the decided edge in play, Dubuque played Q-C even until just over four minutes remained in the second period, when forward Mark Muenstermann lit the lamp off a nice feed from Tom Parkinson.  A minute later, Ryne Takacs added his fourth of the day, assisted by Will Hegwein.  Still Dubuque held tough until Austin Busch scored his second of the season on an unassisted effort with three minutes left.  Morgan recorded the shutout in his first start, aided by a tough defense that allowed only three Dubuque shots on goal.