Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
Friday, October 27, 7:05 p.m.
TaxSlayer Center, Moline
Idaho Steelheads vs. Quad City Mallards
Saturday, October 28, 7:05 p.m.
TaxSlayer Center, Moline
Idaho Steelheads vs. Quad City Mallards
1-3-0, 2 points
6th place, Central Division
Coach: Phil Axtell
2-2-1, 5 points
4th place, Mountain Division
Coach: Neil Graham
Wednesday, October 18
Tulsa 5 Quad City 2
Devin Williams made 32 saves in his professional debut and five different Tulsa Oilers scored as the Oilers defeated the host Mallards 5-2.
Saturday, October 21
Toledo 3 Quad City 0
Pat Nagle made 23 saves and the host Toledo Walleye scored three times in the first period on the way to shutting out the Mallards 3-0.
The Mallards suffered consecutive losses last week.
Wednesday’s loss left the Mallards with a split of back-to-back games against Tulsa. The Mallards defeated the Oilers 5-4 on October 14.
The Mallards Saturday night were shut out for the first time since January 6 when Mark Visentin made 25 saves in a 4-0 Cincinnati Cyclones victory in Moline.
The Mallards have played two games against both Toledo and Tulsa and will this weekend face the Idaho Steelheads twice.
The Mallards have allowed the first goal no later than three minutes and 49 seconds into each of their first four games.
The Mallards play their next three games on home ice and will have played six of their first seven games at home by the time they host the Indy Fuel November 3.
On the Road
Saturday’s setback in Toledo was the Mallards’ first road game of the season.
The Mallards have been outshot in each of their first four games. They allowed at least 40 shots in each of their two games last week. Wednesday against Tulsa, the Mallards took 34 shots and allowed 43. Both totals were team single game highs for the young season. The Mallards also both launched and allowed more shots in one period Wednesday than they have in any period during their other three outings. The Oilers piled up 22 shots on goal in the first period Wednesday. The Mallards then registered 16 shots in the second period.
Sam Warning (3-1-4) scored in each of the Mallards’ first three games.
Justin Kovacs (2-2-4) recorded points in each of the Mallards’ first three games.
Chris Leibinger (0-1-1) recorded his first career regular season point by picking up an assist Wednesday against Tulsa. Leibinger did collect two assists in last spring’s Kelly Cup playoffs after joining the Mallards from Michigan Tech for the final five games of the regular season.
Kevin Kirisits made his Mallard debut Wednesday against Tulsa. Willie Raskob, who was acquired from Worcester earlier in the week, made his debut for the Mallards Saturday in Toledo.
Scott “Scooter” McLay has joined the Mallards as the team’s new athletic trainer and made his debut behind the Mallards’ bench Saturday in Toledo. McLay, an Ontario native, arrives after spending the last two seasons with the Alaska Aces. In 2016, McLay was named the ECHL’s athletic trainer of the year. He previously acted as athletic trainer for the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters, the hockey team at Lake Superior State University- his alma mater- and the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. It was while with the Wranglers that McLay served as trainer at the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game.
Between the Pipes
C.J. Motte made a team season high 38 saves Wednesday against Tulsa. Rookie Ivan Kulbakov nearly matched that total Saturday when he stopped 37 Toledo shots.
Kovacs has 98 career points…Tristan King has 93 career goals…Garrett Klotz has 972 career penalty minutes
The Mallards went 0-for-15 on the power play and 10-for-13 on the penalty kill over their first four games.
Head to Head
The Mallards and Steelheads this weekend meet for the first time ever. This weekend’s games will also complete the season series between the two clubs.
Ins and Outs
Goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos signed a standard player contract with the Mallards Thursday…Forward Keegan Kolesar was reassigned from the Mallards to Chicago (AHL) by Vegas (NHL) Thursday…Goaltender C.J. Motte signed a professional tryout agreement with Chicago (AHL) Thursday… The Mallards acquired defenseman Willie Raskob from the Worcester Railers in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Friday, October 27, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Idaho Steelheads
$2 Dogs/$2 Beers presented by 97X
Fans can enjoy $2 hot dogs and beers from TaxSlayer 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.
Saturday, October 28, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Idaho Steelheads
Halloween Costume Contest
Young fans who come to the game dressed to scare can take part in an on-ice costume contest.
All kids attending the game will also have the chance to trick-or-treat on the ice.
ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Orthopedic Hospital. 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 or email@example.com for more information about tickets. Single game tickets are also available at the TaxSlayer 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.