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Wednesday, February 28, 6:35 p.m.
Utah Grizzlies vs. Quad City Mallards
Friday, March 2, 7:05 p.m.
Utah Grizzlies vs. Quad City Mallards
Saturday, March 3, 6:35 p.m.
U.S. Bank Arena
Quad City Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones
Sunday, March 4, 4:05 p.m.
Fort Wayne Komets vs. Quad City Mallards
19-31-4, 42 points
7th place, Central Division
Coach: Phil Axtell
22-23-10, 54 points
6th place, Mountain Division
Coach: Tim Branham
29-21-2, 60 points
3rd place, Central Division
Coach: Matt MacDonald
37-13-3, 77 points
2nd place, Central Division
Coach: Gary Graham
Thursday, February 22
Indy 8 Quad City 7
Darian Dziurzynski piled up two goals and two assists and Etienne Marcoux made 24 saves in relief for the host Indy Fuel, who ripped off six second period goals- including a vital pair on the power play in the final minute of the second- on the way to a wild 8-7 win over the Mallards.
Friday, February 23
Indy 4 Quad City 2
Alex Wideman and Robin Press provided a goal and an assist apiece and Etienne Marcoux made 32 saves as the host Indy Fuel defeated the Mallards 4-2.
Saturday, February 24
Indy 6 Quad City 4
Matt Iacopelli broke loose for a hat trick to lead the host Indy Fuel past the Mallards 6-4.
The Mallards fell to the Fuel three times in as many nights in Indianapolis last week.
Three in Three
The Mallards this weekend face their fourth stretch of three games in three days in as many weekends and their eighth this season. The Mallards have gone 3-3-1 when playing for the third time in as many days.
The Mallards play four games in five days beginning Wednesday and, over the longer haul, play their final 32 games over 67 days.
The Mallards Wednesday night play their final game of February, their busiest month of the season. The Mallards have gone 7-6-0 this month.
The Mallards Saturday completed a stretch of ten straight games (4-6-0) against Central Division opponents.
The Mallards have won back-to-back home games and gone 6-2-0 in their last eight on home ice.
On the Road
The Mallards have lost their last four road games.
The Mallards have averaged 3.7 goals over their last 19 games after averaging just 2.3 over their first 35 outings.
The Mallards have scored at least four goals in each of their last eight victories.
The Mallards allowed 18 goals over their three games against Indy last week.
The Mallards have won the last nine times they have allowed three goals or fewer.
Red Light District
The Mallards rank twenty-fifth in the ECHL in goals per game (2.8). The Mallards remain twenty-seventh in the league in goals allowed per contest (4.1).
The Mallards have failed to outshoot the opposition in 14 of their last 17 games. The Mallards did outshoot the Fuel Thursday and Friday after being outshot in each of their prior six games.
Outside the Box
The Mallards are the second least penalized team in the ECHL. They average 10.1 minutes in the box per game.
The Mallards lost the final five games of their 11-game season series against the Fuel. They finished 4-7-0 against Indy and went 0-5-0 in Indianapolis this season. Between this season and last, the Mallards have dropped their last seven games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Mallards last won in Indianapolis when they defeated the Fuel 5-1 on January 29, 2017.
The Mallards Thursday jumped out to a 3-0 lead but went on to relinquish that advantage. One night later Indy scored the first three goals and was able to hold off the Mallards.
The Fuel Thursday equaled a league single period season high by scoring six goals in the second. The Mallards Thursday set team season highs for goals scored in one game, goals surrendered in one period, power play goals allowed in one game (four), power play goals given up in one period (three in the second), number of times shorthanded (eight) in one game and shots in one period (22 in the third). The Mallards matched team season highs for goals allowed in one game and goals scored in one period (four in the first).
Five Mallards- Tristan King (2-2-4), Brayden Low (2-1-3), Alex Globke (1-2-3), Jake Bolton (1-1-2) and Willie Raskob (0-2-2)- recorded two or more points Thursday.
Thursday’s defeat was the Mallards’ second 8-7 loss in Indianapolis in just under a year. They fell by the same score at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on March 19, 2017. That game marked the last time before Thursday the Mallards had scored seven goals in one contest and conceded six in one period (the first).
The Mallards surrendered goals less than half a minute apart twice in the second period Thursday. Zach Miskovic and Dziurzynski scored the fifth (11:21) and sixth (11:49) Indy goals 28 seconds apart. Alex Wideman and Robin Press provided the seventh (19:12) and eighth (19:38) Fuel goals in a span of 26 seconds. The Mallards and Fuel combined to produce the two quickest goals of that game in the first period. After Indy’s Matt Rupert cut what had been a two-goal Mallard lead to 3-2 at 13:35, Globke put the Mallards back up by two at 13:53. Goals again arrived in quick succession Saturday. Just 19 seconds separated the Fuel’s third goal (scored by Ryan Rupert at 16:10 of the first period) and the Mallards’ second (Matt Pohlkamp at 16:29). The wild weekend ended with one final flurry: three goals in one minute, 16 seconds. Low narrowed Indy’s lead to 5-3 at 16:37 of the third period Saturday. Johnny McInnis replied with the sixth Fuel goal a mere 39 seconds later (17:16). Just 37 seconds after the McInnis strike- at 17:53- the Mallards' Chris Izmirlian reduced the deficit to the final margin of two.
Globke is on a six-game point-scoring streak (4-6-10), tied for the longest Mallard point streak this season. He totaled five points (two goals and three assists) in the Mallards’ three games last week. Globke is now tied for second in the ECHL in shorthanded goals (3) after scoring shorthanded Friday.
Long Live the King
King’s four-game goal-scoring streak (6-3-9) and six-game point-scoring streak (8-4-12) ended Saturday. King has scored 11 times- and collected five assists- in his last 12 games and totaled 20 points (12 goals and eight assists) in his last 15 games.
Low has moved into the team lead in points (35) while going on a four-game point-scoring streak (4-2-6). Low overtook Sam Warning- who recorded 31 points before signing a professional tryout agreement with the American Hockey League’s San Jose Barracuda earlier this month- for the team lead by piling up three points Thursday.
Gergo Nagy was in the midst of a six-game point-scoring streak (3-6-9) when he signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves Friday.
Raskob is tied for third among ECHL rookies and tied for fourth among defensemen in assists (29).
Between the Pipes
C.J. Motte made seven straight starts (4-3-0) in goal before signing a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Stockton Heat Saturday. Eric Hartzell made his first appearance since he played in relief January 5 in Wichita when he replaced Motte in the second period of Friday’s game. The following evening Hartzell (34 saves) made his first start since stopping 38 shots in a 6-1 New Year’s Eve loss in Kalamazoo.
The Fuel started their three-game series with the Mallards by going 4-for-8 on the power play Thursday and went on to go 6-for-14 over those three contests. The Mallards Thursday gave up four power play goals for the first time since doing so in a 5-2 loss to the Wheeling Nailers on January 27, 2017. The Mallards did scored shorthanded against the Fuel Thursday (Low) and Friday (Globke) but also allowed a shorthanded goal Thursday. The Mallards have scored shorthanded seven times and have surrendered 12 shorthanded goals- tied for most in the ECHL. The Mallards rank fifteenth in the ECHL on the power play (16.9 percent) and twenty-fifth in penalty killing (78.0 percent).
Head to Head
This week’s games are the Mallards’ only clashes with Utah this season. The Mallards won their lone prior meeting with the Grizzlies 4-2 on home ice on March 2, 2016…Saturday’s game is the eighth of nine between the Mallards and Cyclones. The Mallards defeated Cincinnati 4-3 on January 31 at the TaxSlayer Center after going winless (0-4-2) in their first six get-togethers with the Cyclones. The Mallards have gone 0-3-1 at U.S. Bank Arena this season. All-time, the Mallards have gone 9-15-4 overall against the Cyclones and 6-7-1 in Cincinnati…The Mallards and Komets conclude their nine-game season series Sunday. The Mallards have gone 1-6-1 against Fort Wayne and have posted a record of 0-2-1 at home against the Komets. The Mallards have gone 55-62-12 all-time against the Komets.
Ins and Outs
Goaltender Ivan Kulbakov was loaned to the Mallards by Cleveland (AHL) Saturday…Goaltender C.J. Motte signed a professional tryout agreement with Stockton (AHL) Saturday…Forward Triston King was suspended by the ECHL for five games Friday after being assessed a match penalty Thursday against Indy…Forward Gergo Nagy signed a professional tryout agreement with Chicago (AHL) Friday…Forward Keegan Kolesar was reassigned from the Mallards to Chicago (AHL) by Vegas (NHL) Monday.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, February 28, 6:35 p.m.- Mallards vs. Utah Grizzlies
$1 10-ounce Beers
10-ounce beers are available for just $1 during Wednesday night Mallard home games.
Friday, March 2, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Utah Grizzlies
$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.
Sunday, March 4, 4:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Fort Wayne Komets
Pucks and Paws
Dogs- and their humans- will be welcome at Pucks and Paws. A special area inside the TaxSlayer Center will be set aside for dogs and their owners during the game. A portion of proceeds from Pucks and Paws ticket sales will benefit area human societies.
Sodas are available for just $1 at TaxSlayer Center concession stands during Sunday home games.
Skate with the Mallards
After every Sunday home game, fans will have a chance to join players on the ice and skate with the Mallards.
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- including Wednesday’s game against Utah- 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.
10 Game Flex Pack
The Mallards' 10 Game Flex Pack offers both affordability and flexibility: Flex Pack vouchers can be redeemed for tickets to any Mallards regular season home game- whether those tickets are for ten different games, all for the same game or anything in between- subject to availability. Flex Packs are available in a variety of price ranges to meet any budget. To purchase a 10 Game Flex Pack, fans can call the Mallardss at 309-277-1364.
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.