By: Mallards Communications Staff
03/02/2022 12:01 AM
Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
Olivier Archambault's hat trick propelled the host Quad City Mallards (25-23-5) to a 4-2 victory over the Utah Grizzlies (30-21-4) Wednesday night.
With the win the Mallards climbed to third place in the ECHL's Midwest Division and ninth place in the Western Conference.
The Mallards jumped on the Grizzlies early with shorthanded goals 11 seconds apart just over a minute into the game from Jared Knight and Archambault: Knight finished off a 2-on-1 rush at 1:03; at 1:14 Archambault scored on a breakaway.
Utah was again on the power play when Charles Sarault cut the gap to 2-1 at 5:35 of the first period with a wrist shot from the top of the right wing circle.
Archambault struck again from the doorstep to push the Mallard lead back to a pair at 17:12 of the first.
At 16:16 of the second period Barry Almeida's backhander from the slot narrowed the gap to 3-2 but debuting Mallards goaltender P.J. Musico- who finished with 32 saves- would shut the door on Utah the rest of the way and set the stage for Archambault to cap of the Mallard win and complete his hat trick at 8:36 of the third period by driving the puck off the goal post, off Grizzlies defenseman Phil Pietroniro and into the net.
The Mallards return to action on home ice Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Friday also bring the return of $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X and MetroLINK College Night.
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season home games- including Friday night's contest- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outets, 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. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $24.