Mallards Clinch Playoff Berth
MOLINE, Ill. - The Quad City Mallards this evening clinched a berth in the ECHL's Kelly Cup playoffs when the Toledo Walleye defeated the Tulsa Oilers 3-2 in overtime.
Tonight's Tulsa loss left the third-place Mallards with an insurmountable 15-point lead over the fifth-place Oilers- who have seven games remaining- in the Central Division standings. The top four finishers in the division qualify for the playoffs.
The Mallards will face an opponent to be determined in the best-of-seven opening round of the postseason beginning on a date still to be determined following the April 8 conclusion of the regular season.
The Mallards have reached the playoffs for the third time in as many seasons since entering the ECHL, for the fifth year in a row including their final two Central Hockey League campaigns and for the sixth time in the last seven years.
The Mallards missed out on a chance to secure a playoff spot themselves earlier today when they suffered an 8-7 loss to the Indy Fuel in Indianapolis, but that setback merely meant the Mallards had to wait an extra two and half hours to clinch.
The Mallards are 35-24-4 and have 74 points with nine regular season games remaining. They are four points ahead of the fourth-place Kalamazoo Wings in the Central. The Flock is seven points behind the second-place Fort Wayne Komets and 21 points behind the division- and league-leading Walleye. It is still possible for the Mallards to finish second, third or fourth.
The Mallards return to action on the road Wednesday night against the Wichita Thunder. The Mallards next play at home Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Komets. Friday also brings the return of $2 Dog/$2 Beer Night presented by 97X. Fans can enjoy $2 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during every Friday Mallards home game. In addition, the Mallards have once again this season 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 Friday night's game- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, 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.
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