November 13, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL) - Quad City Mallards
Four different players scored for the Adirondack Thunder and Adirondack goaltender Nick Riopel made 22 saves on the way to a 4-1 win over the host Mallards Wednesday night. Brayden Low scored the Mallard goal.
Tonight's game is the first of two in under 24 hours between the Mallards and Fuel, who will meet again at the TaxSlayer Center tomorrow at 4:05 p.m.
The Mallards have dropped their last two games. A 7-1 loss to the Komets last Saturday in Fort Wayne preceded Wednesday's defeat.
Tonight's game is the Mallards' eighth on home ice out of ten overall. Wednesday's loss ended the Mallards' three-game home winning streak.
Each of the Mallards' four victories have been one-goal games. Three of those four games have gone to overtime.
Red Light District
The Mallards have scored a league low average of 2.3 goals per game.
Josh MacDonald failed to score on a penalty shot Wednesday. MacDonald's was the first Mallard penalty shot since Matt Carey converted a one on March 9, 2016 in a 5-4 Mallard victory over the Evansville IceMen.
Sam Warning (7-1-8) is tied for fifth in the ECHL in goals. Warning's four game goal-scoring streak ended Wednesday. That streak is tied for fourth longest in the ECHL this season.
Between the Pipes
Ivan Kulbakov stopped 31 shots while making his sixth straight start Wednesday night. Kulbakov leads the ECHL in saves (249), is tied for fifth in wins (4) and ranks ninth in minutes played (403).
Kulbakov has changed uniform numbers from 1 to 31. Newly acquired goaltender Branden Komm will wear number 1.
The goal Low scored Wednesday was his first as a Mallard.
Justin Kovacs has 100 career points...Tristan King has 93 career goals...Garrett Klotz has 976 career regular season penalty minutes.
Low scored the Mallards' second shorthanded goal of the season Wednesday. The Mallards went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill Wednesday and now rank fifteenth in the ECHL (82.9 percent) in penalty killing. The Mallards have failed to convert their last 14 power plays. They rank twenty-fourth in the league on the power play (10.5 percent).
Head to Head
Tonight's game is the second of 11 between the Mallards and Fuel this season. The Mallards took the season series opener 4-3 in a shootout last Friday at the TaxSlayer Center. The two clubs will collide six times in Moline. All-time the Mallards have gone 11-10-0 against Indy overall and 7-3-0 at home.
Ins and Outs
Forward Tyler Wong was loaned to the Mallards by Chicago (AHL) Thursday...The Mallards released emergency backup goaltender Jake Reed Thursday after signing Reed Wednesday...The Mallards Wednesday placed defenseman Kyle Bigos (lower body injury) on injured reserve retroactive to November 4...The Mallards Wednesday placed forward Garrett Klotz (lower body injury) on injured reserve retroactive to October 29...The Mallards released goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos Wednesday...The Mallards Tuesday acquired goaltender Branden Komm from Idaho in exchange for financial considerations.