Mallards Game Day
QUAD CITY MALLARDS VS. UTAH GRIZZLIES
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 6:35 P.M.
19-31-4, 42 points
7th place, Central Division
22-23-10, 54 points
6th place, Mountain Division
Matt Iacopelli broke loose for a hat trick to lead the host Indy Fuel past the Mallards 6-4 Saturday.
Tonight's game is the first of two in a row between the Mallards and Grizzlies, who will meet again Friday at the TaxSlayer Center.
The Mallards fell to the Fuel three times in as many nights in Indianapolis last week. The Fuel claimed a wild 8-7 victory Thursday and won 4-2 Friday before completing the sweep Saturday.
The Mallards tonight play the first of four games in five days and, over the longer haul, play their final 32 games over 67 days.
The Mallards tonight play their final game of February, their busiest month of the season. The Mallards have gone 7-6-0 this month.
The Mallards Saturday completed a stretch of ten straight games (4-6-0) against Central Division opponents.
The Mallards have won back-to-back home games and gone 6-2-0 in their last eight on home ice.
On the Road
The Mallards have lost their last four road games.
The Mallards have averaged 3.7 goals over their last 19 games after averaging just 2.3 over their first 35 outings.
The Mallards have scored at least four goals in each of their last eight victories.
The Mallards allowed 18 goals over their three games against Indy last week.
The Mallards have won the last nine times they have allowed three goals or fewer.
Red Light District
The Mallards rank twenty-fifth in the ECHL in goals per game (2.8). The Mallards remain twenty-seventh in the league in goals allowed per contest (4.1).
The Mallards have failed to outshoot the opposition in 14 of their last 17 games. The Mallards did outshoot the Fuel Thursday and Friday after being outshot in each of their prior six games.
Outside the Box
The Mallards are the second least penalized team in the ECHL. They average 10.1 minutes in the box per game.
The Mallards lost the final five games of their 11-game season series against the Fuel. They finished 4-7-0 against Indy and went 0-5-0 in Indianapolis this season. Between this season and last, the Mallards have dropped their last seven games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Mallards last won in Indianapolis when they defeated the Fuel 5-1 on January 29, 2017.
Goals arrived in quick succession during Saturday's game between the Mallards and Fuel. Just 19 seconds separated the Fuel's third goal (scored by Ryan Rupert at 16:10 of the first period) and the Mallards' second (Matt Pohlkamp at 16:29). The wild weekend ended with one final flurry: three goals in one minute, 16 seconds. Low narrowed Indy's lead to 5-3 at 16:37 of the third period Saturday. Johnny McInnis replied with the sixth Fuel goal a mere 39 seconds later (17:16). Just 37 seconds after the McInnis strike- at 17:53- the Mallards' Chris Izmirlian reduced the deficit to the final margin of two.
Alex Globke is on a six-game point-scoring streak (4-6-10), tied for the longest Mallard point streak this season. He totaled five points (two goals and three assists) in the Mallards' three games last week. Globke is now tied for second in the ECHL in shorthanded goals (3) after scoring shorthanded Friday.
Long Live the King
Tristan King's four-game goal-scoring streak (6-3-9) and six-game point-scoring streak (8-4-12) ended Saturday. King has scored 11 times- and collected five assists- in his last 12 games and totaled 20 points (12 goals and eight assists) in his last 15 games.
Brayden Low is on a four-game point-scoring streak (4-2-6) during which he hast taken over the team lead in points (35).
Gergo Nagy has returned to the Mallards from the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves after having recorded points in six straight games (3-6-9) when he signed a professional tryout agreement with Chicago Friday.
Willie Raskob is tied for fourth among ECHL rookies and among defensemen in assists (29).
Between the Pipes
C.J. Motte made seven straight starts (4-3-0) in goal before signing a professional tryout agreement with the AHL's Stockton Heat Saturday. Eric Hartzell made his first appearance since he played in relief January 5 in Wichita when he replaced Motte in the second period of Friday's game in Indianapolis. The following evening Hartzell (34 saves) made his first start since stopping 38 shots in a 6-1 New Year's Eve loss in Kalamazoo.
The Fuel went 6-for-14 on the power play over their three games against the Mallards last week. The Mallards have converted one of their last 14 power plays. The Mallards rank sixteenth in the ECHL on the power play (16.9 percent) and twenty-fifth in penalty killing (78.0 percent).
Head to Head
This week's games are the Mallards' only clashes with Utah this season. The Mallards won their lone prior meeting with the Grizzlies 4-2 on home ice on March 2, 2016.
Ins and Outs
Forward Gergo Nagy returned to the Mallards yesterday after signing a professional tryout agreement with Chicago (AHL) last Friday.
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