Mallards Weekly Update
Wednesday, March 14, 6:35 p.m.
Toledo Walleye vs. Quad City Mallards
Friday, March 16, 7:05 p.m.
Toledo Walleye vs. Quad City Mallards
Sunday, March 18, 4:05 p.m.
Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Quad City Mallards vs. Kansas City Mavericks
20-37-4, 44 points
7th place, Central Division
Coach: Phil Axtell
42-14-5, 89 points
1st place, Central Division
Coach: Dan Watson
30-27-4, 64 points
tied 4th place, Central Division
Coach: John Scott Dickson
Wednesday, March 7
Wichita 4 Quad City 1
Ryan Van Stralen scored two key second period goals as the host Wichita Thunder defeated the Mallards 4-1.
Friday, March 9
Toledo 8 Quad City 0
Mike Borkowski and Austen Brassard scored two goals apiece and Pat Nagle made 17 saves as the host Toledo Walleye blanked the Mallards 8-0.
Saturday March 10
Toledo 4 Quad City 2
The host Toledo Walleye scored three straight first period goals- a run capped off by what proved to be the game winner from Ryan Obuchowski- and then held off the Mallards' comeback bid to claim a hard-fought 4-2 victory.
The Mallards last weekend dropped the first two games of a stretch of four in a row against league-leading Toledo.
The Mallards have lost their last five games. That skid is tied for their longest regulation losing streak of the season. The Mallards first dropped five in a row in regulation between December 8 and December 16. The Mallards are one regulation defeat away from matching the team ECHL record for longest regulation losing streak set between December 31, 2016 and January 13, 2017.
The Mallards have suffered more regulation losses (37) this season than they have endured in any campaign since going 30-39-5 over 74 Colonial Hockey League games in their inaugural season in 1995-96.
The Mallards' elimination number is two- any combination of available standings points the Mallards fail to earn or points the holder of the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division- a position currently shared by the Kalamazoo Wings and Kansas City Mavericks- does collect totaling two will result in the Mallards' elimination from playoff contention.
The Mallards have gone 7-4-0 in their last 11 home games.
With Saturday's loss, the Mallards fell to 6-24-0 on the road and tied the team record for most away regulation losses first set when they went 8-24-5 over 37 games on the road in 1995-96 in the Colonial League and matched when they went 7-24-7 over 38 road tilts in 2009-10 in the International Hockey League.
Bumps in the Road
The Mallards have lost their last eight road games. They are one road defeat shy of matching the team record for longest away regulation losing streak set when the they dropped nine in a row on the road between December 8 and January 6.
After suffering back-to-back defeats last weekend at the Huntington Center the Mallards remain winless all-time in Toledo. The Mallards have gone 0-4-1 in five road games against the Walleye since entering the ECHL in 2014-15.
Alex Globke scored at 5:26 of the first period Saturday to end the Mallards' longest ECHL goal scoring drought. Globke's strike halted the Mallards' run of 119 minutes, 4 seconds without a goal that included Friday's shutout defeat in Toledo and started during Wednesday's 4-1 loss the Thunder. Globke's goal was the Mallards' first since Matt Pohlkamp scored at 6:22 of the first period Wednesday.
The Mallards Friday were shut out for the fifth time this season.
Friday's whitewashing was the Mallards' third as many trips to Toledo over the last two seasons. The Mallards fell 3-0 at Huntington Center on October 21 and, in their lone road game against the Walleye last season, were blanked by the same score on December 3, 2016. By scoring Saturday, Globke ended a two hundred nine minute, 25 second Mallard scoreless streak in Toledo. Globke's was the first Mallard goal at the Huntington Center since Austin Coldwell scored at 16:55 of the second period on January 31, 2016 in what proved to be a 3-2 Walleye overtime victory.
Friday's margin of defeat was the largest for the Mallards since they fell to the Thunder Bay Thunder Cats 12-2 on January 3, 1998 in the United Hockey League.
The Mallards have scored at least four goals in each of their last nine victories.
The Mallards have allowed 54 goals over their last ten games and have surrendered no fewer than four in each of those ten outings.
The Mallards Friday matched a team season high by giving up eight goals in a game for the third time this year.
The Mallards have won the last nine times they have allowed three goals or fewer.
Red Light District
The Mallards rank twenty-fourth in the ECHL in goals per game (2.8). The Mallards remain twenty-seventh in the league in goals allowed per contest (4.2).
Outside the Box
The Mallards are the second least penalized team in the ECHL. They average 9.9 minutes in the box per game.
With Wednesday's loss to the Thunder, the Mallards finished their season series with Wichita with a record of 1-3-1.
Nick Bligh picked up an assist while making his Mallard debut Wednesday in Wichita against the club that traded him to the Mallards the day before. Quentin Shore also made his Mallard debut Wednesday- after coming over in a trade with Florida Tuesday- while Huba Sekesi made his professional debut with the Mallards Wednesday after being signed to an amateur tryout agreement Tuesday.
Globke scored against the Walleye Saturday after playing for Toledo as a rookie last season. Globke has now recorded 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in his last 13 games and producing the same point total over his first 46 games
Willie Raskob is tied for fifth among ECHL rookies and among defensemen in assists (30).
Between the Pipes
Eric Harzell started in goal in each of the Mallards' three games last week after Ivan Kulbakov was recalled by the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters Tuesday.
The Mallards have converted one of their last 13 power plays. The Mallards rank seventeenth in the ECHL on the power play (16.7 percent) and twenty-fifth in penalty killing (77.1 percent).
Head to Head
The Mallards have gone 1-4-0 against the Walleye this season and 1-1-0 on home ice against Toledo. Overall, the Mallards have gone 2-5-1 all-time against the Walleye and have posted a record of 2-1-0 at home...The Mallards have gone 2-3-0 against Kansas City this season and have gone 2-1-0 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Sunday's game is the finale of the season series between the clubs. All-time the Mallards have gone 32-33-7 against the Mavericks overall and 18-20-2 in Independence.
Ins and Outs
The Mallards yesterday released Kent Nusbaum after signing Nusbaum Friday as an emergency backup goaltender ...The Mallards Thursday released Ted Florence after signing Florence Wednesday as an emergency backup goaltender... Tristan Grant Wednesday was suspended by the ECHL for the Mallards' final 14 regular season games after being assessed a match penalty in the Mallards' game March 4 against Fort Wayne...The Mallards Tuesday acquired forward Quentin Shore from the Florida Everblades along with future considerations and financial considerations in exchange for the ECHL rights to forward Sam Warning...The Mallards Tuesday acquired forward Nick Bligh and future considerations from the Wichita Thunder in exchange for forward Brayden Low...The Mallards Tuesday traded defenseman Kyle Bigos to the Jacksonville Icemen in exchange for financial considerations...Forward Huba Sekesi Tuesday signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Mallards...Goaltender Ivan Kulbakov Tuesday was recalled from the Mallards by Cleveland (AHL)... Kyle Follmer has missed the Mallards' last six games (upper body injury)
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, March 14, 6:35 p.m.- Mallards vs. Toledo Walleye
$1 10-ounce Beers
10-ounce beers are available for just $1 during Wednesday night Mallard home games.
Friday, March 16, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Toledo Walleye
VFW Jersey Auction
The Mallards will wear their special edition military-themed jerseys during the game and auction them off immediately afterward to benefit VFW Post 1303 in Rock Island. The Mallards debuted those jerseys on Veterans' Day and have worn them in warm-ups before each home game since then.
Mallards Draw String Bag Giveaway presented by Scott County Family YMCA
1,000 children ages 12 and under attending Saturday's game will receive free Mallards draw string bags courtesy of Scott County Family YMCA.
$2 Dogs/$2 Beers presented by 97X
Fans can enjoy $2 hot dogs and beers from TaxSlayer Center concession stands during every Friday home game.
MetroLINK College Night
The Mallards have 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.
ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Orthopedic Hospital. Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net. A limited number of Mallards games will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football. ECHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts and free audio webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.net.
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available. Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or email@example.com for more information about tickets. Single game tickets are also available at the TaxSlayer Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.
10 Game Flex Pack
The Mallards' 10 Game Flex Pack offers both affordability and flexibility: Flex Pack vouchers can be redeemed for tickets to any Mallards regular season home game- whether those tickets are for ten different games, all for the same game or anything in between- subject to availability. Flex Packs are available in a variety of price ranges to meet any budget. To purchase a 10 Game Flex Pack, fans can call the Mallardss at 309-277-1364.
Groups of ten or more receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of group benefits. Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events. For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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