Mallards consistently inconsistent down the stretch

February saw the Mallards be consistently inconsistent throughout the month, playing well one day and then performing poorly the next. This was perhaps most evident during their trip to Brampton Feb. 20-23.

On Feb. 11, the Mallards beat the Missouri Mavericks 3-2 in a comeback win, goals coming from Anthony Collins (Matt Duffy, Mario Lamoureux), Jeff Lee (Nicolas Rioux, Kevin Baker), and Lamoureux (Duffy, Nick Grasso).

The Mallards dropped the contest Feb. 13 2-1 against the Tulsa Oilers in the first game of a home-and-home series. Mike Monfredo scored the lone Mallards goal, finding twine with just 1.1 seconds left in the second period with help from Justin Fox and Lamoureux.

At 17:27 of the third period, Kyle Bochek went hard into the boards after being boarded by Fox. Bochek remained on his stomach for a minute before the medic flipped him over. Bochek remained on the bench for the rest of the game.

Fox was assessed a five minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

On Valentine’s Day, the Mallards beat the Tulsa Oilers 3-2, splitting the home and home series with the Oklahoma-based team.

Roughly ninety seconds after Lee’s goal, Paxton Leroux and Bochek dropped the gloves. At 1:41 of the final frame, Collins and Jake Obermeyer dropped the gloves, earning them game misconducts for unsportsmanlike conduct as well as five for fighting.

Monfredo’s birthday was that night, and it appears as if he enjoyed himself, racking up assists on all three Mallards goals.

The Mallards beat the Allen Americans 2-1 Feb 16 in the second of six meetings between the two teams. Three players were called with roughing penalties at the end of the game, Monfredo, Gens, and Gary Steffes engaging in a shoving match.

On Feb. 20 the Mallards dropped their first contest against the lone Canadian team since 31 Jan 6-2.

The Mallards believed they had scored at 17:18 of the third period, but the goal was waived off. Coach Terry

Ruskowski disputed the call, gaining a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Beast were able to capitalize on the 5-on-3 powerplay, Ling scoring from Maione and Donati.

The Mallards won 6-3 Feb 22 in a rebound win against the Brampton Beast.

The Mallards dropped their school-day contest in Brampton 5-2 on Feb 23.

At 6:08 of the third, Painchaud completed his hattrick with help from Donati and Ling, chasing Milner from the net to be replaced by Evan Mosher. Leroux was ejected from the game at 12:33 of the third, Fox and Painchaud both receiving misconducts at 18:42 of the final frame.

On Feb. 25, the Flock lost a hard-fought battle against the Allen Americans, losing 4-2. A few minutes after Eviston’s goal at 7:40 of the first, Lamoureux was slashed by Amerks goalie Riley Gill. While Lamoureux was on the ground Gill skated over to him and then delivered three quick crosschecks to Lamoureux’s head. Mosher skated towards the center line but stopped before crossing his own blue line. The only penalty called on Gill was slashing, causing the crowd to voice their displeasure at the officiating loudly.

Paxton Leroux and Tyler Barr dropped the gloves at 12:16 of the opening frame. Barr had signed with the Mallards during the offseason but failed to report to training camp; he found his way onto the Americans’ roster at roughly the midseason mark. Sixteen seconds after Leroux’s fight Mike Monfredo fought with Gary Steffes. Both fights were met with approval by the crowd as a retaliation for Gill’s actions a few minutes prior.

Logan Nelson scored at 13:06 of the first period, Baker and Jeff Lee receiving assists. Just over three minutes into the final period Leroux was assessed a five minute fighting penalty and a game misconduct for aggressor after delivering a bone-jarring check to Garrett Clarke at the Allen blue line. The Mallards were shorthanded for five minutes due to that penalty, successfully killing it.

On Friday Feb. 27, the Mallards announced that Evan Haney had been waived. Of all the guys on the team, there’s only three or four that I’d say I’ve become friends with this season, and Evan is one of them. At post-game parties at Fridays, I’d often talk with him about our paper or college; two days before he was cut we’d been talking about the price of ads and he joked that he’d write an article for us.

“Maybe I’d do weather,” he laughed. Mosher told him to use transitioning words, and then Evan continued with, “or the horoscopes. But I’d just do it for March. Like if you’re a Taurus in March then….” I had been planning on asking him if he was serious about writing an article the next time I saw him, but alas I could not.

Feb. 27 saw the Flock shut-out the Mavericks, scoring three goals themselves as Milner let none past him. Captain McMillan earned his 200th career point after assisting Fiddler’s empty net goal.

The next night the Mallards went down 2-0 in the first period after two shorthanded goals were scored on the same penalty. However, the Flock rallied to win 4-2.

March 1 finished the three game in three nights stretch for the Mallards, losing 3-2 in a shootout. The Mallards came out tentatively in the first period, and scarcely improved the rest of the night. The shootout was anticlimactic, as no

Mallards were able to find the back of the net.

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