Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
Tuesday, October 27, 7:05 p.m.
Independence Events Center
Quad City Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks
Friday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.
Quad City Mallards vs. Norfolk Admirals
Saturday, October 31, 6:35 p.m.
WesBanco Arena, Wheeling
Quad City Mallards vs. Wheeling Nailers
Friday, October 23
Tulsa 1 Quad City 0
Saturday, October 24
Quad City 5 Tulsa 3
Sunday, October 25
Quad City 5 Wichita 2
3-1-1, 7 points
2nd place, Midwest Division
Coach: Terry Ruskowski
4-1-0, 8 points
1st place, Central Division
Coach: Richard Matvichuk
1-4-0, 2 points
tied 4th place, East Division
Coach: Eric Veilleux
3-1-0, 6 points
1st place, North Division
Coach: Clark Donatelli
The Mallards put together their first back-to-back wins of the young season by defeating Tulsa 5-3 Saturday and overcoming Wichita 5-2 yesterday.
The Mallards have picked up seven points in their first five games, their best record after the first five games of a season since they began the 2003-04 campaign 4-1-0 for eight points.
The Mallards scored a season high five goals in each of their last two games.
Home Sweet Home?
After dropping their home opener to Tulsa last Friday, the Mallards have now suffered regulation defeats in each of their seven home curtain-raisers since the team returned to the ice in 2009 following a two year interregnum during which the Quad City Flames competed in the American Hockey League. The Mallards are winless (0-7-1) in their last eight home openers. The Flock last started its home slate with a win on October 21, 2021 while in the United Hockey League when it downed the Motor City Mechanics 4-3 in a shootout.
In the wake of last Friday’s blanking by the Oilers, the Mallards have now been shut out in their last two home openers. They started last season with a 3-0 whitewashing at the hands of the Rapid City Rush at the iWireless Center on October 24, 2014.
Spread the Wealth
Led by Darren McMillan, who picked up three assists, five Mallards recorded two or more points last Saturday against Tulsa. Yesterday six Mallards had multiple point games, keyed by Tanner Eberle (two goals and one assist) and Zach Pochiro (one goal and two assists).
Olivier Archambault collected two assists in each of his first two games with the Mallards- Saturday’s win over Tulsa and yesterday’s victory of Wichita- after being assigned to Quad City by the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild. Eberle, who also arrived from Iowa over the weekend, scored twice and added an assist yesterday in his second game as a Mallard.
Raphael Bussieres scored the game winning goals in the Mallards’ victories Saturday and yesterday. After scoring his first two goals of the season in the third period of last Saturday’s game, Bussieres struck for a goal and an assist yesterday.
Logan Nelson has scored four goals in the Mallards’ first five games and is tied for fourth in the ECHL in goals. Dating back to last season, Nelson has now scored 12 goals in his last 14 games.
Miles Koules last Saturday scored his first career goal. The rookie has recorded four points (one goal and three assists) in his first five pro games. After making his pro debut last Friday, Sam Warning recorded his first career point- an assist- last Saturday night.
McMillan last Saturday night notched three points in a game in North America for the first time in his career. Last Saturday also marked the first time he registered more than one point in a game since he collected two assists on March 17, 2022 in a 6-0 Mallard home win over Missouri.
Between the Pipes
Rookie Brody Hoffman, who was assigned to the Mallards by Iowa last Wednesday, made 25 saves while earning the win in his professional debut last Saturday. Steve Michalek has tended goal in four of the Mallards’ first five games.
The Mallards scored on each of their final two power plays yesterday after converting just two of their first 20 advantages. They rank thirteenth in the ECHL on the power play (18.2 percent). The Mallards have survived 18 of their foes’ first 20 power plays and rank ninth in the league in penalty killing (90.0 percent).
Head to Head
The Mallards went 7-5-3 against the Mavericks overall last season and 4-2-2 in Independence. All-time, the Mallards have turned in a 23-24-4 overall record against the Mavericks and have gone 13-13-2 on the road against Missouri. The two clubs will meet a total of five times this season…The Mallards this weekend will meet Norfolk and Wheeling for the first time ever.
Ins and Outs
The Mallards last Wednesday signed forward Sam Warning……Goaltender Brody Hoffman last Wednesday was reassigned to the Mallards by the AHL’s Iowa Wild…Forward Sam Pochiro last Wednesday was reassigned to the Mallards from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves by the NHL’s St. Louis Blues…Goaltender Niklas Lundstrom last Wednesday was recalled by St. Louis…Goaltender Adam Morrison last Wednesday was released by the Mallards…Forwards Olivier Archambault and Tanner Eberle last Friday were reassigned to the Mallards by Iowa…Forward Pearce Eviston last Friday left the Mallards for personal reasons and was placed on the team’s suspended list.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, November 4, 6:35 p.m.- Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks
4 for 40
Get for tickets for just $40.
Friday, November 6, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Wichita Thunder
Movember Mustache Giveaway
With the arrival of “Movember”, the Mallards will join the campaign for men’s health: the first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive free (fake) mustaches.
$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.
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- including tomorrow night’s meeting with Missouri- 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.
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.
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.