By: Mallards Communications Staff
Photo: Allen Americans

Steve Michalek made 33 saves in his professional debut and Guillaume Gelinas and Logan Nelson both scored as the Quad City Mallards claimed a 2-1 opening night victory over the defending ECHL champion Allen Americans to spoil the host Americans' Kelly Cup banner-raising party Friday evening.

The Mallards were on the power play when Gelinas walked into the slot to open the scoring at 9:24 of the first period.

Nelson doubled the lead by burying Anthony Collins's centering pass at 14:21 of the second period.

The Americans finally beat Michalek when Garrett Clarke blasted the puck home from the right point at 7:39 of the third period.  However, Michalek and the Mallards held off the Americans the rest of the way- even after Allen went on a late power play and then pulled goaltender Joel Rumpel (22 saves) to go up 6-on-4 with just over a minute left.

The Mallards visit the Wichita Thunder tomorrow evening before returning to the Quad Cities to play their home opener on Friday, October 23 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  The home opener will also bring a postgame fireworks show outside the iWireless Center and return of $1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X.  In addition, Every Friday game will also be a MetroLINK College Night this season.  The Mallards have once again 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.

Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season home games- including the home opener- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, 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. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

Mallards 2015-16 season tickets are also still available.  Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings off the walk-up ticket price and receive a host of exclusive benefits.  For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or

October 23 @ 7:00 PM
Quad City Mallards   Tulsa Oilers
October 24 @ 7:00 PM
Quad City Mallards   Tulsa Oilers
October 25 @ 4:00 PM
Quad City Mallards   Wichita Thunder
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