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By: Mallards Communications Staff
Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards

Wednesday, March 9, 6:15 p.m.
Ford Center, Evansville
Quad City Mallards vs. Evansville IceMen

Friday, March 11, 7:35 p.m.
U.S. Bank Arena
Quad City Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones

Saturday, March 12, 7:35 p.m.
U.S. Bank Arena
Quad City Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones

Sunday, March 13, 5:15 p.m.
Ford Center, Evansville
Quad City Mallards vs. Evansville IceMen

Quad City
26-24-6, 58 points
3rd place, Midwest Division
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

22-26-8, 52 points
5th place, Midwest Division
Coach: Al Sims

31-20-6, 68 points
2nd place, Midwest Division
Coach: Matt MacDonald

Wednesday, March 2
Quad City 4 Utah 2

Friday, March 4
Cincinnati 6 Quad City 2

Saturday, March 5
Wichita 3 Quad City 2 (OT)

On the Road Again
The Mallards this week begin a stretch of six straight road games. After beginning the road swing with two games against each of Evansville and Cincinnati, the Mallards will meet Fort Wayne twice next week.

Home Sweet Home?
The Mallards last weekend completed a seven-game homestand- their longest homestand of the season- with a record of 3-3-1.

The Mallards are in ninth place in the Western Conference, three points behind the Tulsa Oilers, who occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference. The Mallards have a game in hand on the Oilers.

The Mallards play four games in five nights beginning Wednesday and play three games in three nights this weekend.

Workin’ Overtime
After falling to Wichita in sudden death last Saturday, the Mallards are now 4-4 this season in games decided in overtime.

Shooting Gallery
The Mallards were outshot 34-31 by Wichita last Saturday after outshooting the opposition in each of their prior eight games.

The Mallards have scored three shorthanded goals in their last three games. Jared Knight and Olivier Archambault scored shorthanded goals just 11 seconds apart early in last Wednesday night’s win over Utah. That marked the first times the Mallards have scored two shorthanded goals in the same game since March 15, 2022 when Matt Boyd and Mickey Lang both scored shorthanded in a 5-3 Central Hockey League win over the Bloomington Blaze. Last Wednesday also marked the first time the Mallards have scored two shorthanded goals in the same period since Lang and Anthony Perdicaro scored shorthanded in the second period of the Mallards’ 4-3 shootout win over the Denver Cutthroats on February 22, 2013. Matt Neal scored the Mallards’ seventh shorthanded goal of the season last Saturday against Wichita.

Between the Pipes
P.J. Musico made 32 saves while winning his Mallard debut last Wednesday against Utah. Musico started two of the Mallards’ three games last week after Brody Hoffman had started each of the prior nine games.

Arch Madness
Archambault last Wednesday produced the first hat trick of his career and the first by a Mallard since Thomas Frazee scored three times in a 7-3 Central Hockey League win over the St. Charles Chill on March 28, 2014. Archambault has recorded six points (four goals and two assists) in five games since returning from a 14-game injury absence.

Leader of the Pack
Matt Carey has 20 points (ten goals and ten assists) in his last 16 games and leads the Mallards with 18 goals on the season. Carey is the only Mallard averaging a point per game: he has 39 points in as many contests.

Matt Neal is on a five-game point scoring streak (3-2-5) and has recorded nine points in his last nine games (three goals and six assists). Neal leads the Mallards in points (39) and is tied for ninth among rookies in points (39).

Little Big Man
Vladimir Nikiforov notched four points (one goal and three assists) in the Mallards’ three games last week and has six points (two goals and four assists) in his last six games.

Jordan Knackstedt made his Mallard debut last Friday night after being acquired in a trade with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits last Wednesday. Knackstedt picked up his first Mallard point- an assist- last Saturday against Wichita.

Special Teams
The Mallards have given up nine goals on their opponents’ last 22 power plays and have converted just one of their last 19 man advantages. They now rank fifteenth in the ECHL in penalty killing (83.8 percent) and rank sixteenth on the power play (16.4 percent).

Darren McMillan last Saturday night joined Patrick Nadeau (456) and Hugo Proulx (437) as the third player in Mallards history to play 400 games for the team. McMillan last Sturday also played his two hundredth career ECHL game…Nikiforov has 292 career points.

Head to Head
The Mallards have gone 3-1-0 against the IceMen this season and won each of the first three games between the two teams in Evansville. All-time the Mallards have gone 12-9-0 against the IceMen overall and 8-6-0 in Evansville. The two teams met 16 times in the CHL in 2010-11 and 2011-12…The Mallards have gone 3-3-1 against the Cyclones this season and have gone 1-1-1 in Cincinnati. They have gone 3-5-1 all-time against the Cyclones and 1-1-1 on the road. The Mallards and Cyclones will meet 11 times.

Ins and Outs
Forward Jared Knight was recalled by Iowa (AHL) yesterday after being assigned to the Mallards last Tuesday…The Mallards last Wednesday acquired forward Jordan Knackstedt from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in exchange for future considerations…Brady Brassart was recalled by Iowa (AHL) last Tuesday…Tanner Eberle (upper body) was placed on 21-day injured reserve retroactive to February 5. He has missed ten games.

Sunday, March 20, 4:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Indy Fuel
WQAD News 8 Mallards Youth Replica Jersey Giveaway
The first 1,000 fans ages 12 and under through the doors will receive free Mallards youth replica jerseys courtesy of WQAD News 8.

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 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

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 coach Terry Ruskowski and 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 for more information about tickets. Single game tickets are also available at the iWireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through 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.

Playoff Push Pricing
The Mallards have instituted reduced “Playoff Push” pricing for prime sections and made additional $10 tickets available for all remaining home games. Fans can now purchase seats in four center ice sections- 103, 104, 114 and 115- for just $24- down from $28- or get four tickets in those areas for the family-friendly price of $80. The Mallards have also increased the number $10 upper level tickets available for the remainder of the regular season.

Group Tickets
Groups of at least ten 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

October 14 @ 7:00 PM
Quad City Mallards   Fort Wayne Komets
October 26 @ 6:30 PM
Quad City Mallards   Missouri Mavericks
October 29 @ 7:00 PM
Quad City Mallards   Tulsa Oilers
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