Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
Tuesday, March 29, 7:05 p.m.
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita
Quad City Mallards vs. Wichita Thunder
Wednesday, March 30, 7:05 p.m.
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, Independence
Quad City Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks
Friday, April 1, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
Tulsa Oilers vs. Quad City Mallards
Sunday, April 3, 4:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
Indy Fuel vs. Quad City Mallards
33-26-6, 72 points
3rd place, Midwest Division
Coach: Terry Ruskowski
16-38-12, 44 points
4th place, Central Division
Coach: Kevin McClelland
50-11-5, 105 points
1st place, Central Division
Coach: Richard Matvichuk
32-27-5, 69 points
3rd place, Central Division
Coach: Jason Christie
31-33-3, 65 points
4th place, Midwest Division
Coach: Bernie John
Friday, March 25
Quad City 3 Evansville 1
Saturday, March 26
Quad City 4 Wichita 1
The Mallards defeated the Evansville IceMen 3-1 on home ice last Friday and claimed a 4-1 victory over the Thunder 24 hours later in Wichita.
The Mallards are one point ahead of the ninth place Tulsa Oilers in the race for the eighth and final playoff berth in the ECHL’s Western Conference. The Mallards took over eighth place by winning Saturday night while the Oilers were falling to the Utah Grizzlies. The Mallards have seven games remaining while the Oilers have eight games left. The Mallards are two points behind the seventh place Colorado Eagles, who have seven games still to play.
The Mallards and Oilers will meet for the final time this season Friday night at the iWireless Center. The Mallards head into that vital clash having gone 2-2-0 against Tulsa this season. The two clubs last got together when they split a pair of games in Tulsa last month. The Oilers defeated the Mallards 3-2 on February 12; the Mallards rebounded one night later when Raphael Bussieres scored in overtime to give Terry Ruskowski’s squad a 4-3 victory.
The Mallards have won six of their last seven games. Their only defeat during that stretch was a 3-1 setback at the hands of the Indy Fuel March 20.
The Mallards have won five straight road games and eight of their last nine away games.
Home Sweet Home
Last Friday’s win halted the Mallards’ three-game (0-2-1) home winless streak.
The Mallards have allowed just one goal in each of their last two games and four of their last six games.
The Mallards have outscored the opposition 5-0 in the first period of their last four games and 9-1 in the first period of their last seven games.
The Mallards overcame the Thunder last Saturday despite setting a team season high by allowing 45 shots in that game and matching a team season high by surrendering 23 shots in the third period.
Last Friday’s win was the Mallards’ sixth victory in seven games against Evansville this season.
Between the Pipes
Brody Hoffman stopped 74 of 76 shots while backstopping the Mallards to two wins last weekend. After making 30 saves last Friday against Evansville, Hoffman set a career high and a team season high by turning aside 44 shots one night later in Wichita. Hoffman made 22 saves in the third period alone last Saturday and came within three minutes and 23 seconds of his first career shutout.
Olivier Archambault has recorded points in ten straight games (5-7-12) and has taken over the Mallard lead in points (45). Archambault’s point-scoring streak is the longest for a Mallard this season. Archambault matched a Mallard season high by recording three points (two goals and one assist) last Saturday night in Wichita and produced five points (three goals and two assists) in the Mallards’ two wins last weekend. He scored the clinching empty net goal in each of last weekend’s victories.
Matt Carey scored in each of the Mallards’ wins last weekend to lift his team-leading goal total to 22 and join Archambault and Matt Neal as the third Mallard to reach 40 points this season.
Mike Monfredo, who had a goal and an assist last Saturday in Wichita, is tied for fourth among ECHL defensemen in assists (28) and is tied for eighth among blue liners in points (34).
Trevor Cox signed with the Mallards last Friday and made his professional debut that night against Evansville. Cox joined the Mallards immediately after completing his junior career with the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants.
Vladimir Nikiforov has 297 career points.
The Mallards scored power play goals in each of last weekend’s wins and are now tied for fourteenth in the ECHL on the power play (16.5 percent). The Mallards have survived 27 of their foes’ last 28 man advantages to climb to ninth in the league (85.1 percent) in penalty killing.
Head to Head
The Mallards have gone 4-0-2 against the Thunder this season and have gone 2-0-1 in Wichita. The two clubs wrap up their season series tomorrow night. The Mallards have gone 17-17-3 all-time against the Thunder and have gone 8-9-1 at INTRUST Bank Arena…The Mallards have gone 0-3-1 against the Mavericks this season and have dropped each of their three visits to Independence in regulation. Wednesday night’s game is the final meeting between the two teams this season and their first get together since November 25, when the Mavericks defeated the Mallards 4-1 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. All-time, the Mallards have turned in a 23-26-5 overall record against the Mavericks and have gone 13-15-2 in Independence…The Mallards head into Friday night’s regular season finale having split their first four meetings with the Oilers. The two clubs also split their two prior meetings in the Quad Cities. The Mallards have gone 14-13-0 all-time against the Oilers and have gone 9-7-0 at home against Tulsa…The Mallards have gone 2-7-0 against Indy this season and have gone 2-2-0 against the Fuel at the iWireless Center.
Ins and Outs
Forward Trevor Cox signed with the Mallards last Friday and made his professional debut last Friday night against Evansville…Kyle Follmer (bereavement) returned last Friday night after missing the Mallards’ prior three games…Matt Neal (lower body) has missed the Mallards’ last five games…Raphael Bussieres (upper body) has missed the Mallards’ last nine games.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Friday, April 1, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X
Fans again this season can enjoy $1 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday home games.
MetroLINK College Night
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.
Sunday, April 3, 4:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Indy Fuel
Fan Appreciation Day
The Mallards will thank the fans of the Quad Cities for their support all season long on an afternoon that will feature an array of giveaways and other surprises.
Skate with the Mallards presented by B100
Fans Sunday can join the Mallards on the ice after the game for the final time this season.
ON THE AIR
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 www.wfxn.net. 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about tickets. Single game tickets are also available at the iWireless 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.