Wednesday, February 11, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
Missouri Mavericks vs. Quad City Mallards
Friday, February 13, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
Tulsa Oilers vs. Quad City Mallards
Saturday, February 14, 7:35 p.m.
BOK Center, Tulsa
Quad City Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers
Tuesday, February 3
Quad City 3 Missouri 1
Friday, February 6
Wichita 2 Quad City 1
Saturday, February 7
Quad City 6 Wichita 2
Sunday, February 8
Missouri 3 Quad City 0
22-17-6, 50 points
2nd place, Central Division
Coach: Terry Ruskowski
18-21-4, 40 points
6th place, Central Division
Coach: Richard Matvichuk
21-21-6, 46 points
4th place, Central Division
Coach: Bruce Ramsay
The Mallards are in sole possession of second place in the ECHL’s Central Division. The Mallards snapped a second place deadlock with Wichita by defeating the Thunder 6-2 last Saturday- one night after a 2-1 loss to Wichita left them tied with the Thunder. With yesterday’s loss to Missouri the Mallards missed an opportunity to open up a four point lead in the battle for second.
The Mallards went 2-2-0 last week, splitting two games against both Wichita and Missouri. The Mallards went 1-2-0 over the weekend while playing three games in three nights for the fourth time this season.
The Mallards have been undermanned for their last six games, starting with a January 30 win in Wichita, a contest they finished with just 13 skaters after injuries to Paxton Leroux and Logan Nelson and a game misconduct assessed to Darren McMillan. The Mallards dressed just 15 skaters (instead of the standard 16) for each of the four games that followed before being reduced to 14 skaters yesterday after an injury to Antti Pusa Saturday night.
The Mallards and Mavericks Wednesday night will meet for the third time in nine days. Last Saturday’s game was the fourth in 11 days between the Mallards and Thunder.
Last Tuesday’s win over Missouri was the Mallards’ third victory in a row. Last Friday’s loss to Wichita kept the Mallards from winning four straight for the first time since the final four games of last season.
The Mallards yesterday were shut out for the third time this season.
The Mallards allowed three goals in the first five minutes, 21 seconds of yesterday’s loss to the Mavericks. Parker Milner replaced Evan Mosher after the third Maverick goal and made 18 saves while keeping Missouri off the scoreboard over the final 54 minutes, 39 seconds of the game.
Yesterday’s Maverick blitz ended a run that had seen the Mallards surrender two goals or fewer in five straight games. Despite yesterday’s fireworks, the Mallards remain tied for third in the ECHL in goals against per game (2.6).
Red Light District
Yesterday’s shutout came the day after the Mallards established a team single game high for 2015 by scoring six times against Wichita. The Mallards Saturday night also came within one goal of matching the team season high for goals. The Mallards are tied for twelfth in the ECHL in goals per game (3.0).
The Mallards and Thunder last Saturday combined to set Mallard season highs for most penalty minutes in one game (136) and in one period (114 in the third).
A total of 11,237 fans- 5,812 Friday night and 5,425 Saturday evening- watch the Mallards’ games against the Thunder last weekend, the best combined attendance for Mallard home games on consecutive nights this season.
The Mallards have survived 24 of their foes’ last 26 power plays and now rank fourth in the ECHL in penalty killing (85.8 percent). The Mallards have gone 8-for-30 on the power play over their last seven games to climb into a tie for fourteenth in the league in power play efficiency (17.5 percent).
No Ordinary Joe
Joe Perry last Friday made his American Hockey League debut and picked up his first AHL point- an assist- in the Iowa Wild’s 5-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs after being called up by Iowa last Thursday.
Anthony Collins, who was acquired last Tuesday in a trade with South Carolina, last Friday against Wichita made his Mallard debut and picked up his first point- an assist- for the club. Collins scored his first Mallard goal one night later against the Thunder.
Mario Lamoureux has 13 points (three goals and ten assists) in his last 11 games. Lamoureux is tied for seventh in the ECHL in assists (31).
Justin Fox’s five-game point scoring streak (3-2-5) ended yesterday.
Todd Fiddler, who matched a team season high and set a personal career high by collecting three points (one goal and two assists) last Saturday against Wichita, has notched five points (two goals and three assists) in his last five games.
Between the Pipes
Milner have given up just four goals while going 3-0-0 in his last four games (1.02, .962). Milner is tied for second in the ECHL in save percentage (.926) and ranks third in goals against average (2.18). Mosher is tied for tenth in save percentage (.914).
McMillan reached 198 career points with an assist in last Saturday’s win over Wichita…Kevin Baker has 297 career assists…Matt Duffy has 98 career assists.
Head to Head
The Mallards have gone 2-4-2 against the Mavs this year and 0-1-1 at home against Missouri. All-time, the Mallards have posted a 18-23-3 overall record against the Mavericks and have gone 7-10-1 on home ice…The Mallards have won two of their three meetings with the Oilers this season. The Mallards won the lone prior match-up between the two clubs at the iWireless Center 4-3 in a shootout on November 19. The Mallards and Oilers have split a pair of games in Tulsa. All-time the Mallards have gone 10-8-0 against the Oilers: 7-2-0 at home and 3-6-0 on the road.
Ins and Outs
Five Mallard forwards have been sidelined by upper body injuries: Evan Haney (out eight games), Johnny Rogic (seven games) Paxton Leroux (five games), Logan Nelson (five games) and Antti Pusa (one game)…Joe Perry signed a professional tryout agreement with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild last Thursday…The Mallards last Tuesday acquired forward Anthony Collins from the South Carolina Stingrays in exchange for future considerations.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, February 11, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks
4 Tickets for $20; T.G.I. Friday’s Postgame Party
Fans can get four tickets for just $20 for each Wednesday home game. After each Wednesday home tilt fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s on River Drive in Moline for a postgame party.
Friday, February 13, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK
Fans again this season can enjoy $1 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday home games. 97X will follow in the spirit of the evening by presenting hot dog-themed intermission entertainment. The Mallards have once again partnered with Metro to provide transit service between Augustana College and downtown Moline during all Friday home games. Students can catch the Route 10 on campus via 7th Avenue to and from the games, with the Route 10 dropping students off near campus or at the District after games. Students can then hop on the Route 53 from the District back to Augustana until 3 a.m. As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare. Fans can visit www.gogreenmetro.com or www.facebook.com/53and59 for more information.
Rooster’s Sports Bar & Grill
For Friday home games the Mallards have joined with Rooster’s Sports Bar & Grill in Rock Island to offer fans the chance to get a lower level ticket to the Mallards’ game along with an appetizer and drink at Rooster’s and a Metro bus ride to the game from Rooster’s and back for just $20. For more information fans can contact Rooster’s at 309-283-7005.
Sport Clips Coupons
Fans will receive haircut coupons from Sport Clips when departing the iWireless Center after Friday night’s game.
ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance. 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
for more information about tickets. Single game tickets are also available at the iWireless 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.
Groups of at least ten 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 email@example.com.
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