Still scoreless after two periods at Memorial Coliseum, but things were considerably more lively in the second 20 minutes.
Although Quad City still has only 10 shots on goal, the Mallards forced the action early in the period, drawing three power plays in the first 11 minutes.
But the Komets killed all three with a minimum of nervous moments, and Boucher's ole glove save off a rebound in the midst of the third Quad City power was his best moment on a night when he has, so far, been exceptionally sharp.
At the other end, the Komets did a better job of crashing the net and creating traffic in front, but Quad City goalie David Brown remained up to the task.
Drouin and Lardner had the best chances, Drouin re-directing a shot into the slot just wide and Lardner shoveling a point-blank shot at Brown in front that Brown just managed to get a piece of.