DAVENPORT, IA -- Ryne Takac's power play goal with ten seconds left in the game earned the Quad City Ice Eagle Bantam team a hard-fought 3-3 tie with Ames in the first of two home games played Saturday at the QCSC. Ames, however, was able to win the second game by a score of 4-1. Game stories follow below:
After having been shut out twice by the Ice Eagles in their two-game set at Ames two weeks ago, the Ames Bantams obviously came to town intent on returning the favor. The Eagles had the territorial advantage early and took a 1-0 lead on Dave Warta's unassisted goal just under the crossbar midway through the first period. Ames' Grant Wilson tied the score early in the second period, assisted by Jason Clark. Clark's first goal of the game gave Ames a 2-1 lead later in the second period. With just less than ten minutes to play in the game, QC's Josh Moon took a pass from Chad Dotterer and drilled the tying goal past the Ames goalie. With just less than four minutes left, Clark's second of the game gave Ames a 3-2 lead, setting the stage for a wild finish. When Ames defenseman Jordan Kappos drew a hooking penalty with 2:09 to play, it gave the Eagles one last chance to tie the game. With Goalie Brandon Kruse pulled for an extra skater, the Eagles kept the pressure on until Ryne Takacs was able to bang home the tying goal with just ten ticks left on the clock. Takacs's goal was assisted by Dave Warta and Austin Busch. For the game, the Eagles outshot the Flyers by a count of 29-21.
After watching the QC Ice Eagle Mite team defeat Peoria 4-3, the Bantams took to the ice, hoping to finish the season series with Ames with three wins and a tie. Ames had other ideas. A tight-checking first period ended with no score, but the real story of the period was that Ames held the Eagles to no shots on goal, while they tested Kruse with eight shots. Jason Clark again was the catalyst for Ames, as he combined with Grant Wilson to score the first goal with 6:26 to play in the second period. At the 4:07 mark, Eagle Defenseman Trent Lidholm picked up a 10-minute misconduct penalty, and the situation quickly worsened a minute later when Jason Corcoran was called for checking from behind, which carried an automatic misconduct penalty. This meant Coach Jerry Moon had to do some major realigning on defense. On the Ames power play, Clark scored his second of the game and fourth of the day to build the lead to 2-0. After
Ames scored early in the third to up the lead to 3-0, the Eagles finally started to put some pressure on the Ames defense. Josh Moon got the Eagles on the board with about 12 minutes left, with an assist to Kevin Dow, and for several minutes the Eagles buzzed the Ames net trying to cut the margin to one. However, the Flyers were able to withstand the pressure and put the game out of reach with their final goal with four minutes to play. For the game, Ames won the shots on goal battle 26-14.
Ames and Quad Cities ended their season series with the Eagles winning two and tying one, with Ames taking the last game. Today's results move the Eagles' season record to 17-15-1. Next week, the Eagles have only one game, to be played next Saturday at Pekin.
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