By: Mallards Communications Staff
02/07/2021 12:01 AM
Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
Nick Grasso scored twice and Todd Fiddler provided a goal and two assists as the host Quad City Mallards (22-16-6) defeated the Wichita Thunder (21-18-6) 6-2 Friday night. With the win the Mallards broke a tie with Wichita and took over sole possession of second place in the ECHL's Central Division.
The Mallards took control of the game by scoring three times in the second period. Matt Duffy's power play one timer kicked off the Quad City onslaught at 7:05 of the second. Anthony Collins doubled the Mallard lead from the doorstep at 13:38. With just over a minute and a half left in the period, Grasoo widened the gap to 3-0 with a wrist shot from the right wing circle.
The Mallards outscored the Thunder 3-2 in a penalty filled third period. Fiddler pounced on a rebound to score the fourth Mallard goal exactly four minutes into the third. R.G. Flath's tip-in got Wichita on the scoreboard for the first time at 6:08 of the final frame. The Mallards were up two men when Kevin Baker made it 5-1 from close range 13:31. Duval scored the second Thunder goal by burying Mike Wilson's cross-ice pass from the right wing circle at the 17:08 mark, but Grasso's empty net goal would cap off the Mallard victory with just 55 seconds remaining.
The Mallards return to action tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. on the road against the Missouri Mavericks. The Mallards next play at home next Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Mavericks. Fans can purchase four tickets to each Mallards Wednesday home game this season for just $20. In addition, after each Wednesday home contest, fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s on River Drive in Moline- adjacent to the iWireless Center- for a postgame party.
Tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including next Wednesday night’s contest- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period. Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.