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The Quad City Ice Eagle Bantam travel team moved another giant step toward its first CIHL championship when it defeated the Springfield Kings by a score of 4-1 in the conference game played today at the QCSC.  The Ice Eagles also won the non-conference game, coming from behind to post a 5-4 win.  The Eagles now have swept Pekin, Champaign and split two games with Springfield, and hold a 1-0 edge over both Decatur and Peoria for a 7-1 league record, with single games to play against Decatur (home) and Peoria (away).


In the non-conference game, Springfield scored first on a goal by Schmitz, but the Eagles tied it four minutes later on an unassisted goal by Ryne Takacs.  Takacs took the puck in his own zone and unloaded a high slap shot from just inside the blue line that went over the goalie’s shoulder.  The goal came on QC’s first shot of the game.  Three minutes later, Josh Moon finished off a nice scoring play, pouncing on a rebound of Justin Welsh’s shot.  Tom Parkinson also collected an assist.  But Springfield tied the game a minute later, and the first period ended 2-2.


Justin Welsh gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead when he scored with 8:39 left in the second, assisted by Moon and Robbie Jacobsen, but less than a minute later, Springfield’s Pero tied the game at three.  When Tom Parkinson was called for interference late in the second, it took Springfield just nine second to score and take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.


Justin Welsh scored his second of the game with 8:25 left to bring the Eagles back into a tie, with Parkinson and Takacs getting the assists.  Three minutes later, Josh Moon picked up a pass from Jason Corcoran in the neutral zone and went in alone to notch the gamewinner, with Quad Cities hanging on for a 5-4 win.  Brandon Kruse kicked out 13 of 17 Springfield shots to earn the victory in the Eagles’ goal.


The first game was relatively clean with just seven minor penalties called, three on the Eagles.  This was a marked departure from the game played in November in Springfield when the Kings played their usual chippy style.  But they would revert to form in the league contest in a game that got uglier and uglier as it went on.


Justin Welsh again got the Eagles off and running when he opened the scored at the 9:01 mark, assisted by Ryne Takacs.  In the first two periods, the Eagles enjoyed a 4-0 edge in power play opportunities as the Kings continued to play their style, with frequent elbows, slashes and roughing.  John Carr increased the lead to 2-0 at the 3:25 mark of the second period, assisted by Welsh.  The Eagles made it 3-0 with 2:33 left in the second when Jack Hasselbusch scored from in close, assisted by Moon and Busch.


Springfield started to put increasing pressure on Goalie Brandon Morgan in the final period, and it finally paid off with just under seven minutes to play, when Pero scored his second of the day to make the score 3-1.  But Jack Hasselbusch scored his second of the game to rebuild the lead to 4-1, putting the game out of reach, and further igniting the frustration of the undisciplined Springfield players.  As the clock wound down, Springfield’s Schmitz and Reeves both went after Ryne Takacs with sticks high. 


Coach Moon was able to gather his players together to avoid any retaliation, but he pointedly told the Springfield coach to “get his goons out of our building.”  Once again Springfield lived down to its reputation as the dirtiest team on the schedule.  But the win puts the Eagles squarely in the driver’s seat in the quest for the league championship.  The Eagles now have a 7-game winning streak, and have improved their CIHL record to 7-1, with an overall mark of 27-8-1.  The Eagles return to action next Saturday morning with two games against Decatur.