Mallards on the up

PrintThe Quad City Mallards are improving their play, beginning to see that they’re in for the long haul in the ECHL and playing like they need to. Currently 11-7-1-2, the Mallards are in sole possession of first place in the Midwest Division with 25 points.

Several roster moves occurred since last issue, including the waiving of forward/defenseman Nick Grasso and forward Cole Wilson, and the addition of forward/defenseman Kyle Follmer and forward Kevin Henderson. Collin Valcourt, forward, was also cut from the roster. Logan Nelson was traded to Wichita the same day as Grasso and Wilson were cut on Nov. 12.

Road record of the Mallards’ is less than fantastic, 1-6-0-2 so far. The home record is doing well, having eight straight home wins.

The Flock played three games at home within a 48 hour stretch Nov. 27-30, winning all three to continue their home win streak to eight straight. After the game on Saturday, the Mallards auctioned their special Black Friday sweaters they had worn the past two nights for a total of $16,800 for the Genesis Flu Free QC program.

The Mallards came back from being down 2-0 to winning 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 29 against the Indy Fuel. Two goals were scored by the Mallards within the last thirty seconds of the game, and the overtime goal was scored with less than a minute left before the shootout.

There was only 19.3 seconds between the first Mallards goal and the second goal, only two seconds more than the infamous Blackhawks Stanley Cup winning goals in 2013.

The local team look for another win in Evansville against the Evansville Icemen on Sunday Dec. 6. If successful, this would be the first win on the road for the Mallards since their season opener in Allen on Oct. 16.

Submitted by Anna Headley