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March 2, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release

QUAD CITY MALLARDS VS. UTAH GRIZZLIES

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 7:05 P.M.

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QUAD CITY

19-32-4, 42 points

7th place, Central Division

Phil Axtell

UTAH

23-23-10, 56 points

tied 5th place, Mountain Division

Tim Branham

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MALLARDS NOTES

Last Game

Ryan Walters scored twice as the Grizzlies defeated the host Mallards 5-2 Wednesday night.

Back-to-Back

The Mallards tonight go for a split of their two-game series with the Grizzlies.

Three in Three

The Mallards tonight start their fourth stretch of three games in three days in as many weekends and their eighth this season. The Mallards visit the Cincinnati Cyclones tomorrow night before returning home to face the Fort Wayne Komets Sunday.

Busy

The Mallards tonight play the second of four games in five days and, over the longer haul, play their final 32 games over 67 days.

Four

The Mallards have lost their last four games. That skid is tied for their second longest regulation losing streak of the season. The Mallards first lost four straight in regulation between December 30 and January 6. The Mallards endured a five game regulation losing streak between December 8 and December 16.

Marching On

The Mallards tonight play the first of their 14 games in March. The Mallards went 7-7-0 in February.

Home Cooking

The Mallards have gone 6-3-0 in their last nine home games.

On the Road

The Mallards have lost their last four road games.

Bigger Guns

The Mallards have averaged 3.6 goals over their last 20 games after averaging just 2.3 over their first 35 outings.

Fire Power

The Mallards have scored at least four goals in each of their last eight victories.

Four Score

The Mallards have allowed 23 goals while dropping their last four games.

Muzzled

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).

Shooting Gallery

The Mallards have failed to outshoot the opposition in 15 of their last 18 games. The Mallards were outshot by the Grizzlies 40-29 Wednesday. The Mallards allowed 40 shots for a seventeenth time this season and surrendered at least 20 shots in one period (23 in the second) for the eighth time.

Outside the Box

The Mallards are the second least penalized team in the ECHL. They average ten minutes in the box per game.

First

Kyle Novak scored his first career goal Wednesday.

Second

Greg Amlong scored his second goal of the season Wednesday.

Double Dip

Ryan McGrath assisted on both Mallard goals Wednesday.

Low Down

Brayden Low is on a five-game point-scoring streak (4-3-7).

Six

Both Alex Globke (4-6-10) and Gergo Nagy (3-6-9) saw their six-game point-scoring streaks end Wednesday. Those runs are among four tied for the longest Mallard point streaks this season.

Helping Hand

Willie Raskob is tied for fourth among ECHL rookies and among defensemen in assists (29).

Between the Pipes

Ivan Kulbakov made 35 saves while giving up four goals Wednesday in his first Mallard start since February 10. Kulbakov was loaned to the Mallards Saturday by the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters after being recalled by Cleveland February 12.

Special Teams

The Mallards went 0-for-3 on the power play Wednesday while Utah went 0-for-1. The Mallards have converted one of their last 17 power plays. The Mallards rank sixteenth in the ECHL on the power play (16.7 percent) and twenty-fifth in penalty killing (78.1 percent).

Head to Head

This week's games are the Mallards' only clashes with Utah this season. The Mallards won their lone meeting with the Grizzlies prior to this season 4-2 on home ice on March 2, 2016.

Ins and Outs

Forward Gergo Nagy returned to the Mallards Tuesday after signing a professional tryout agreement with Chicago (AHL) last Friday.

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