Quad City Comes Back Again, Beats Bears

Last night in Knoxville the Quad City Storm rallied from down a goal twice to come back and beat the Ice Bears on their home ice for the first time this season. 

Knoxville opened the scoring on a power play when Marcus Ortiz collected a pass in the top of the slot that was intended to sail across the Bears attacking zone. He immediately scooped it on net through traffic and snuck it in for a 1-0 lead just under four minutes into the game. 

At 15:39 of the first period Michale Casale buried his first of the night off a 2-2 rush with the assist of Tommy Tsicos.  The goal tied the game and rewarded QC for a first period in which they outplayed the Ice Bears. 

The second period mirrored the first. Again the Storm took it to Knoxville, eventually outshooting them 18-11 in the frame. But again the Ice Bears got on the board first, again on the power play. This time it was a wicked wrist shot off the stick of Doug Rose over the shoulder of Peter Di Salvo to make it 2-1. 

With time winding down the MVP of the night, Michael Casale, got his second. A puck moving to the point in the Storm’s defensive end was slowed by a broken stick. The Knoxville d-man misjudged the puck, pinched, and Casale flipped the puck past him creating a breakaway chance and, eventually, the game tying goal off a beautiful backhand. 

The game stayed tied through the majority of the third until the Storm were awarded a five minute major penalty for a spear on Casale by Marcus Ortiz at 15:41, putting Quad City up an attacker for the remainder of regulation. Ortiz also received a game misconduct.  Five seconds into the power play Sean Kacerosky ripped a shot from the point through the screen of Phil Bronner and past Knoxville goaltender Jason Pawloski into the net for the game winning goal. 

The Storm hit the ice tonight in Evansville at 7:15. Listen live on 107.7 WQUD Vintage Radio!

Brian Rothenberger