Mallards sink and soar during the final playoff stretch

The Mallards’ wings seemed to be clipped in the beginning of March, as their season-long eight game homestand saw only three victories for the home team. However, they then began a three game winning streak.
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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). Continue reading “Mallards consistently inconsistent down the stretch”

Mallards fight back to win in Independence after injury

The Mallards beat the Missouri Mavericks 3-1 tonight, extending their win-streak to three games while ending Missouri’s three game streak and securing second place in the ECHL’s Central Division.

Just 64 seconds into the contest Nick Grasso found twine behind Mike Clemente with help from Todd Fiddler and Nicolas Rioux.

At 10:13 of the first period Bennett Schneider and Scott Langdon dropped their gloves and removed their helmets, garnering a minor for removing their buckets as well as the five minute major for fighting.

During the first period Mario Lamoureux suffered an injury and did not return. Pearce Eviston, who was dressed but not playing due to injury, took Lamoureux’s place. Joe Perry delivered the hit that injured Lamoureux, as in his attempt to check Landon Oslanski he also hit Lamoureux. No word yet on his injury or how serious it may be.

8:29 into the sandwich stanza Andrew Courtney scored on the power-play off assists from Geoff Walker and Sebastien Thinel. Eviston broke the tie 2:20 into the third with an assist from Rioux. Justin Fox sealed the deal eleven minutes later from Perry.

The three stars of the game were

  1. QC – 11 Eviston
  2. QC – 5 Rioux
  3. QC – 35 Parker Milner

Milner made 26 saves on 27 shots for Clemente’s 27 saves on 30 shots.

Mallards fight hard, win in Wichita

The Mallards beat the Wichita Thunder 3-1 Jan. 30 in a physically costly and poorly officiated battle.

The first period was scoreless, but there was a lot of action. Just 4:46 into the game Paxton Leroux and Erick Lizon dropped the gloves for a brutal fight. Both received two-minute minors for removing their helmets, as well as injuries which sidelined them for the rest of the game.

Kenton Miller opened the scoring for Wichita at 2:04 of the second with help from Mike MacIntyre and Ian Duval. Matt Duffy responded with a powerplay goal just over seven minutes later, Jannik Christensen and Mario Lamoureux getting the assists. Antti Pusa gave the Mallards the lead with just 1:12 left in the sandwich stanza, Justin Fox receiving a point for that tally as well. Logan Nelson was hit from behind shortly after Pusa’s goal, and he did not return.

Mike Monfredo and Dan Milan fought after the horn blew at the end of the second period. Darren McMillan and Michael Trebish then began to fight as well, earning them ten-minute misconducts for secondary altercations.

The Thunder pulled their goalie in a bid to tie the game, but failed as Monfredo scored on the empty net with assistance from Nicolas Rioux.

The three stars of the game were

  1. QC – 35 Parker Milner
  2. QC – 20 Lamoureux
  3. WIC – 28 Kenton Miller

Milner made 30 saves on 31 shots for Tim Boron’s 19 saves on 21 shots.

Mallards beat the Beast in throwback sweaters

The Mallards beat the Brampton Beast 3-1 Jan. 31 in their special sweaters which were auctioned off after the game.

Kevin Baker opened the scoring for the Mallards with just 15 seconds left, ending his seven game drought with help from Jeff Lee and Antti Pusa on the power-play. Todd Fiddler scored at 11:12 of the sandwich stanza off of Nick Grasso and Jannik Christensen.

Coach Terry Ruskowski switched the lines up, moving Grasso and Christensen to offense and shuffling the rest of the players and positions. Fiddler centered the Christensen-Fiddler-Grasso line as Christensen did an incredible job for not having played offense in at least four years.

At 6:55 of the final frame Mike MacIssac drew the Beast within one off of Mathew Maione and Calin Wild. However, Matt Duffy gave the Mallards a 3-1 lead on the power-play from Mario Lamoureux and Christensen.

The three stars of the game were

  1. QC – 3 Christensen
  2. QC – 24 Fiddler
  3. QC – 1 Evan Mosher

Mosher made 23 saves on 24 shots for Trevor Cann’s 42 saves on 45 shots.

Tonight marked Justin Fox’s 200th professional game.

Paxton Leroux and Logan Nelson were both out tonight, having sustained concussions from the game against the Wichita Thunder last night.

The Genesis Post-Game Auction raised $19,275 for Genesis’ Flu Free QC Program. The highest bid was on Leroux’s sweater, going at $1,500.

Stay tuned for a full report on the bidding.

Mallards can’t capitalize on shots, lose to Wichita

The Mallards dropped the contest 4-2 against the Wichita Thunder on Jan. 28.

At 1:13 of the first period Danick Gauthier found twine behind Evan Mosher with help from Eric Meland. The score remained unchanged until 8:03 of the sandwich stanza, when Nikita Kashirsky scored, Kenton Miller and Dan Milan assisting.

Just over seven minutes later Todd Hosmer scored with help from Michael Trebish. At 16:46 Mike Monfredo and Trebish received roughing penalties, Monfredo getting a double minor. With five seconds left in the frame, Kirill Tulupov put the Thunder up 4-0, Meland and Miller assisting.

Parker Milner replaced Evan Mosher in net to start the third period. At 1:56 of the final frame, Paxton Leroux and Erick Lizon dropped the gloves. Joe Perry scored on the powerplay at 4:13, Jeff Lee assisting. Perry once again scored on the powerplay at 7:29, Lee and Logan Nelson getting points for that tally as well.

The three stars of the game were

  1. WIC – 28 Kenton Miller
  2. WIC – 21 Todd Hosmer
  3. QC – 17 Joe Perry

Mosher made 18 saves on 22 shots for Tim Boron’s 38 saves on 40 shots. Milner made 2 saves on 2 shots.

Following the Quad City Mallards v. Missouri Mavericks

The Mallards dropped their first contest back from the All-Star Break Jan. 24, losing 2-1 against the Missouri Mavericks.

The score remained knotted at zero until 39 seconds into the third period where Josh Brittain received help from Geoff Walker and Sebastien Thinel. In the final frame at 8:10, Jack Downing extended the lead to 2 off of assists from Lindsay Sparks and Jared Brown.

Joe Perry drew the Flock within one at 14:23 while five seconds remained in the power play. Logan Nelson assisted on Perry’s tally.

The three stars of the game were

  1. MO – 41 Jack Downing
  2. MO – 35 Mike Clemente
  3. MO – 13 Josh Brittain

Parker Milner made 29 saves on 31 shots for Mike Clemente’s 26 saves on 27 shots.

This was Bennett Schneider’s Mallards debut, as well as the first time Nicolas Rioux suited up for the Mallards since returning from his call-up to Iowa.