Storm Roar Back From Down Three To Win 5-4 In Shootout

Home ice advantage helped the Storm complete an incredible comeback victory Friday night at the TaxSlayer Center.

After a scoreless first period in which the Storm out chanced the Evansville Thunderbolts, the visitors broke onto the scoresheet with the first two goals of the game. 

Stephen Gaul got Quad City on the board with a sweet snapshot off a wild carom off the backboards that bounced to him at the top of the slot.  Gaul’s 7th goal in 18 games with the Storm was followed by two more tallies for the Thunderbolts, burying the Storm in a 4-1 hole.

But as we have seen many times this season, being buried doesn’t always spell the end for the Storm.

At 17:53 of the second period Dalton Mills hammered a one-timer top shed to make it a two-goal game and get the momentum back up for grabs heading into the second intermission.

Out of the lockerroom Michael Casale grabbed the momentum with his fists.   A drop down brawl between Casale and Evansville’s Lenny Caglianone ended with a thunderous right from Casale and sent the crowd into a roar. 

Later in the period John Scully made it a one goal game courtesy of the first professional point for Jarrett Pfeiffer in just his second pro game.  Phil Bronner and Tyler Minx teamed up to tie things up two minutes and twenty-four seconds later at 14:44 of the third.  Minx snapped a good low shot from the point that bounced off of Bronner and behind Thunderbolt’s goalie Braeden Ostepchuk.

Sean Kacerosky was inches away from ending the game in regulation, firing a puck off the crossbar that rang throughout the building.  But the game would progress to OT and remain tied after five minutes of three on three hockey.

In the shootout both goalies played well, but Ryan Mulder was the better of the two.  Mulder made all five saves in the SO and finished with the win and 31 saves on 35 shots.  Dean Yakura buried the GWG in the shootout with a low snapshot to set the final score at 5-4.

The Storm are back tomorrow night at the TaxSlayer Center for the final game of the season!   Get your tickets at QuadCityStorm.com.

Brian Rothenberger