Mallards Game Day
QUAD CITY MALLARDS VS. TULSA OILERS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 6:35 P.M. CT
[Resumption of game suspended November 17]
14-25-4, 32 points
7th place, Central Division
Coach: Phil Axtell
20-20-8, 48 points
5th place, Mountain Division
Coach: Rob Murray
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Tonight's game is the resumption of the November 17 meeting between the Mallards and Oilers that was suspended with 12:08 remaining in the second period and the Oilers leading 2-1.
Matt Pohlkamp scored twice for the host Mallards, who ripped off three first period goals in just 43 seconds on the way to a 5-3 win over the Wichita Thunder Saturday night.
The Mallards have won three straight games, matching their longest winning streak of the season. The Mallards first won three in a row between October 27 and November 3.
The Mallards have gone 5-2-1 in their last eight games and have gone 6-4-1 in 11 games since ending a team record setting 13 game (0-11-2) winless streak by defeating the Indy Fuel 5-3 on January 12.
Tonight's game is the fourth in a stretch that will see the Mallards hit the ice 14 times in 24 days and play their final 32 games over 67 days.
The 43 seconds in which the Mallards scored three times Saturday is the least time they have used to score three goals this season. The onslaught started when Brayden Low- at 5:51- and Alexander Kuqali- at 6:07- scored the Mallards' fastest two goals of the season just 16 seconds apart. Tristan King capped off the outburst with a goal at 6:34.
The Mallards have started their longest homestand of the season by winning the first three of six straight games at the TaxSlayer Center. The Mallards are unbeaten in regulation (3-0-1) in their last four home games, their longest such streak this season.
On the Road
The Mallards next Sunday in Fort Wayne will play their first road game in 15 days since falling to the Railers in Worcester 5-2 on January 27.
The Mallards have scored four or more goals in three straight games for the first time this season. They have scored 11 times over their last two games, marking the first time this season they have scored more than ten goals over back-to-back games.
The Mallards have given up three goals or fewer in each of their last three games after doing so just twice in their prior 18 games. They have won each of the last five times they have kept foes under four goals.
Red Light District
The Mallards rank twenty-seventh in the ECHL in goals per game (2.6) and goals allowed per contest (4.1).
The Mallards have failed to outshoot the opposition in their last six games and in 16 of their last 17 outings.
Outside the Box
The Mallards are the second least penalized team in the ECHL. They average 10.1 minutes in the box per game.
Little Big Man
McGrath recorded five points (three goals and two assists) in the Mallards' three wins last week.
King scored three goals- and added an assist- in his last two games and has eight points (four goals and four assists) in his last five games.
Jamie Tardif notched two assists in each of the Mallards' last two games, has registered five assists.
Jamie Tardif notched two assists in each of the Mallards' last two games, has registered five assists in his last three games and has totaled nine points (four goals and five assists) in his last seven games.
Triston Grant scored in four straight games and collected points in five consecutive contests (4-1-5) before being held off the scoresheet Saturday against Wichita. Grant celebrated his thirty-fourth birthday Friday by scoring the game winning goal against Kalamazoo. That game winner was Grant's second in as many games. He also scored what proved to be the winner Wednesday against Cincinnati.
Willie Raskob collected two assists in each of the Mallards' last two games and has piled up six assists in his last four games. Raskob ranks second among ECHL rookies in assists (27) and is tied for fourth among defensemen.
Between the Pipes
Ivan Kulbakov made 32 saves in Saturday's win. C.J. Motte is in the midst of a three-game winning streak (2.67, .936).
Sam Warning made his American Hockey League debut Saturday night for the San Jose Barracuda against the Stockton Heat after signing a professional tryout agreement with San Jose Friday. Warning played again for San Jose last night against the Tuscon Roadrunners.
King played this three hundred fiftieth ECHL game Friday against Kalamazoo. King has 98 career goals.
The Mallards went 1-for-2 on the power play Saturday and 5-for-10 in their three games last week. They have scored at least one power play goal in each of their last four games, going 6-for-14 in the process. The Mallards have successfully completed their last 13 penalty kills after allowing eight power play goals on their foes' prior 19 chances. The Mallards are tied for twelfth in the ECHL on the power play (17.2 percent) and tied for twenty-fifth in penalty killing (77.9 percent).
Head to Head
The Mallards and Oilers split their first two completed head-to-head meetings. Tonight they will finish a game they started 81 days ago. On November 17 Joey Sides and Dmitrii Sergeev scored to give Tulsa a 2-0 lead before a Brayden Low goal reduced the deficit to one for the Mallards. Ivan Kulbakov started that game in goal for the Mallards against the Oilers' Devin Williams. The Mallards have hosted each of the first three games of the season series. After tonight, the Mallards and Oilers will play three more times- March 23, 24 and 25 in Tulsa. Those March match-ups will mark the Mallards' first appearance at the BOK Center in better than two years since they defeated the Oilers 4-3 in overtime on February 13, 2016. All-time, the Mallards have gone 18-15-0 against Tulsa overall and 13-8-0 at home.
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