Mallards Begin Debut ECHL Season

The Mallards opened their first game in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) against the Rapid City Rush before a crowd of 5,274 people at the iWireless Center. The Mallards once again lost the first game of the season, falling 3-0 to Rapid City that night. Parker Milner faced 33 shots in his Mallards debut, while opposing netminder Danny Battochio faced 19 while recording a shutout.

The game was heavy hitting throughout, with Paxton Leroux recording his first five minute major for fighting for the Mallards at 13:25 of the second period.

Neither team capitalized on their respective powerplays, with QC getting three man-advantages for Rapid City’s six.

The Mallards once again faced the Rapid City Rush on Oct. 25, pulling off a shoot-out victory with Evan Mosher in net.

The Rush took an early 1-0 lead with a goal from Jesse Schultz halfway through the first period. The Mallards were then able to take a 2-1 into the first intermission with a goal from Joe Perry on Danny Battochio and a last minute goal from Garrett Vermeersch.

Rapid City was able to tie the game halfway through the sandwich stanza off a Daniel Barczuk goal. Todd Fiddler of the Mallards received a five minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct two minutes into the third. The Rush capitalized on the long man advantage with Dylan Clarke, scoring two minutes into the powerplay. Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel tied the game at 3 four minutes later, and the game went into an eventless overtime.

During the shoot-out Rapid City shot first, and their first shooter in the form of Jesse Schultz scored on Mosher. Vermeersch scored an answering goal, and the next three rounds were scoreless.

Joe Perry scored the game winning goal in the fifth round after Winston Day Chief failed to find twine behind Mosher.

Mosher made 37 saves on 40 shots for Battochio’s 22 saves on 25 shots.

On Sunday night, the Mallards left for Rapid City, South Dakota for a Tuesday road game.

Parker Milner backstopped the Flock to a 4-1 victory, the Rush’s lone goal coming with just 90 seconds left in the final frame on Oct. 28.

Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel opened the scoring for the Mallards nine minutes into the first period, with Justin Fox and Ben Woodley getting the assists. A minute later Mike Monfredo and Daniel Tetrault dropped the gloves.

The second period was largely uneventful, until Monfredo found twine behind Wayne Savage with 43 seconds left in the stanza off of Evan Haney and Johnny Rogic assists. Jeff Lee then scored unassisted eight minutes into the third period.

Kevin Baker scored on the empty net with thirty seconds left in the game to bring the Mallards up 4-1.

Milner made 28 saves on 29 shots for Savage’s 24 saves on 27 shots.

The Mallards had five penalties for a total of 13 minutes in the box. Woodley and Perry both received slashing calls- Woodley in the first frame and Perry in the last, while Dieude-Fauvel was called for hooking and holding the stick within the sandwich stanza.

The Mallards faced the Cincinnati Cyclones on Oct. 31, falling 3-2 against a non-divisional foe.

Mario Lamoureux, Logan Nelson, and Jani Hakanpaa all played in their Mallards debut that night, as did Antti Pusa after being activated off reserve.

The Cyclones took an early 1-0 lead off of a Joe Basaraba shot in the closing seconds of the first frame. Byron Froese extended Cincinnati’s lead to 2 a little less than halfway through the middle frame, but the Mallards struck back in the form of Antti Pusa netting his first Mallards goal. Stephan Vigier found the twine behind Evan Mosher with 90 seconds left in the sandwich stanza, and then Hakanpaa answered back halfway through the third period.

Evan Mosher made 28 saves on 31 shots for Sam Brittain’s 20 saves on 22 shots. This was also Brittain’s professional debut.

The Mallards once again lost to the Cincinnati Cyclones Nov. 1 with a score of 5-4.

Andrew Yogan gave the Cyclones a 1-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the first period on a breakaway, but Joe Perry struck back three minutes later with assists from Pearce Eviston and Jeff Lee. Eight minutes later Justin Fox scored a powerplay goal with help from Mario Lamoureux and Joe Perry, which was also the first time he scored for the 2014-2015 season.

The Cyclones then scored three unanswered goals from Stephan Vigier, Michael Neal, and Josh Shalla. Vigier’s goal came with three minutes left in the first, while Neal and Shalla’s goals were both scored on the man advantage within the first five minutes of the sandwich stanza.

Todd Fiddler also scored his first goal of the season, less than a minute after Shalla, decreasing the Cincinnati lead from 4-2 to 4-3.

Joe Basaraba scored 105 seconds into the final frame, but Justin Fox drew the Mallards within one goal five minutes later.

Parker Milner made 22 saves on 27 shots for Sam Brittain’s 27 saves on 31 shots.