The Missouri Mavericks made it three in a row over the Quad City Mallards on Wednesday, winning 4-2 in Moline, Ill.
Missouri scored three times in the third period and stunned the Mallards in their home arena, with Josh Robinson stopping 22 of 24 shots on goal.
“It’s a game we needed to play a full 60 minutes of,” Mavericks coach Richard Matvichuk said. “The guys battled hard through the whole game, we stuck to our system, and it paid off in the end.”
Bryce Anoloski, Tyler Barnes, David deKastrozza and Reed Seckel scored for the Mavericks.
Missouri is just one win from advancing to the next round.
The Mallards scored first at 4:05 of the opening period when Matt Neal slipped the puck past Robinson in a short-handed situation. The Mavericks tied it when Anoloski knocked in a rebound past Quad City goalie Brody Hoffman at 7:15 of the first period.
Olivier Archambault regained the lead for the Mallards at 5:38 of the second period.
The Mavericks tied it just 47 seconds into the third period on Barnes’ goal.
The eventual game-winner came with 4:27 to play when DeKastrozza scored a short-handed goal that ricocheted off the glove of Hoffman and into the back of the net.
Seckel drove to the net with the puck late in the period and was interfered with from behind by a Mallards player, drawing a penalty shot. Seckel scored, giving the Mavericks a two-goal lead at 17:11 of the third period.
Quad City pulled Hoffman for a sixth skater but was unable to score.
The Mavericks will play Quad City at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Game 4 in Moline.