Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
Friday, March 10, 6:35 p.m.
Quad City Mallards vs. Wheeling Nailers
Saturday, March 11, 6:05 p.m.
Quad City Mallards vs. Wheeling Nailers
32-22-3, 67 points
3rd place, Central Division
Coach: Phil Axtell
28-23-6, 62 points
5th place, North Division
Coach: Jeff Christian
Wednesday, March 1
Kalamazoo 3 Quad City 2 (OT)
Tanner Sorenson scored at 1:10 of overtime to give the Kalamazoo Wings a 3-2 victory over the host Mallards.
Saturday, March 4
Quad City 6 Indy 1
Chase Lang scored twice as the host Mallards ripped off six unanswered goals on the way to a 6-1 victory over the Indy Fuel.
The Mallards went 2-0-1 over the three-game homestand that ended with Saturday’s 6-1 win over Indy.
The third-place Mallards are three points ahead of the fourth-place Wings in the Central Division standings. The Mallards have two games in hand on Kalamazoo. The Mallards went 3-2-1 while playing each of their last six games against division opposition.
The Mallards have gone 13-6-1 in 20 games since Phil Axtell took over as head coach on January 20.
The Mallards have scored six goals in two of their last three games. The Mallards bookended their homestand with a 6-4 victory over the Wichita Thunder last Sunday and Saturday’s 6-1 win over the Fuel. The Mallards are tied for seventeenth in the ECHL in goals scored (3.0 per game) and rank ninth in goals against (3.1).
The Mallards won Saturday with just 17 players in uniform instead of the standard 18 after losing four players- forwards Adam Gilmour (Iowa Wild), Nolan LaPorte (Iowa) and Jack Nevins (Iowa) and goaltender C.J. Motte (Chicago Wolves)- to the American Hockey League Thursday.
Fueling the Fire
The Mallards have outscored Indy 18-4 while winning their last three games against the Fuel.
Wednesday’s loss was the Mallards’ first overtime defeat this season. The Mallards are now 3-1 in games decided in sudden death.
Wednesday’s loss ended the Mallards’ streak of eight straight wins in games tied at the end of regulation. Before falling to the Wings Wednesday, the Mallards had won three games in sudden death and five in the shootout since suffering a 3-2 shootout loss to Kalamazoo on December 7.
The Mallards have taken at least 36 shots in each of their last three games and have played four straight games in which either they (twice) or their foes (twice) have piled up at least 40 shots.
Josh MacDonald is on a six-game point-scoring streak (5-2-7).
Grant Arnold has scored in each of his last three games.
Just Kovacs has picked up two points in each of his last three games (1-5-6).
Lang scored his first two ECHL goals Saturday.
Chris Francis moved into a tie with Michael Parks for the Mallard team lead in goals (21) by scoring Saturday.
On the Plus Side
Kevin Gibson is tied for seventh in the ECHL in plus/minus rating (plus-26).
Between the Pipes
Adam Vay made 26 saves to earn the win Saturday after Motte stopped 34 Kalamazoo shots in Wednesday’s overtime setback.
Mike Wilson has 199 career regular season assists…Chris Francis has scored 97 career ECHL goals…Dylan Labbe has played 94 career games…Guillaume Gelinas has played 91 career games.
The Mallards have killed off their opponents’ last 23 power plays. The Mallards rank fifteenth in the ECHL in penalty killing (82.3 percent) and twenty-fifth on the power play (13.0 percent).
The Mallards have gone 0-3-0 against Wheeling this season. The two clubs complete their season series this weekend. In their only prior visit to WesBanco Arena this year, the Mallards fell 5-2 on January 27. The Mallards have gone 1-4-0 against the Nailers all-time and 0-2-0 in Wheeling.
Ins and Outs
Forward Nolan LaPorte signed a professional tryout agreement with Iowa (AHL) Thursday…Forward Jack Nevins signed a professional tryout agreement with Iowa (AHL) Thursday…Forward Adam Gilmour was recalled by Iowa (AHL) Thursday…Jake Reed was signed as an emergency backup goaltender Thursday…Goaltender C.J. Motte signed a professional tryout agreement with Chicago (AHL) Thursday…Forward Pavel Jenys has missed the Mallards’ last 12 games (upper body injury).
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, March 15, 6:35 p.m.- Mallards vs. Kalamazoo Wings
All Mallards Wednesday night home games this season face off at the special early start time of 6:35.
Friday, March 17, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks
KWQC-TV6/Genesis Jersey Auction
The special edition white baseball-style jerseys featuring blue pin stripes worn by the Mallards in their game against Missouri will go up for bid in a live auction after that game to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation.
$2 Dogs/$2 Beers presented by 97X
Fans can enjoy $2 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during every Friday home game.
MetroLINK College Night
The Mallards have partnered with Metro to provide transit service between Augustana College and downtown Moline during all Friday home games. As part of Metro's unlimited ride program, Augustana Riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.
ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance. Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net. A limited number of Mallards games will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football. ECHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts and free audio webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.net.
The Mallards’ official mobile app is now available free for both Apple and Android. The app features a wide array of exclusive content, including behind the scenes video, breaking news and scoring alerts, interviews and video messages from Mallards players, instant access to live scores, stats and standings and special offers from the team and from Mallards partners.
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available. Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 email@example.com for more information about tickets. Single game tickets are also available at the iWireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.
Groups of ten or more receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of group benefits. Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events. For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.