MOLINE, IL – The Quad City Mallards lost to the Allen Americans 4-1 tonight in their second and last match-up of the season, slipping out of first place in the Midwest Division.
The Mallards were outshot almost two-to-one tonight, Allen outshining the Mallards with puck possession as well.
The Mallards appeared timid, often not chasing the puck and allowing an opposing player to take it instead. There were several defensive lapses by the Mallards as well, one of which led to an unassisted goal midway through the third to seal the win for the Texas team.
Eric Roy scored the first goal of the game at 16:51 of the first period with a resounding slapshot that echoed through the iWireless Center as it hit the crossbar and left post before sliding in across the line. Justin Courtnall and Jonathan Parker assisted on Roy’s tally.
At 9:28 of the middle frame Sam Warning streaked across the center line, then the blue line, passing the dots before sending the puck towards Riley Gill and into the net for the lone Mallards goal. Ryan Tesink was credited with the pass that set up Warning with the breakaway.
After Warning’s goal the Mallards appeared to have more spirit in them, but that spirit quickly vanished when David Makowski scored on the powerplay at 18:05 when Brady Brassart was in the box for holding. Chad Costello and Roy earned assists on that goal.
Former Allen American Kyle Follmer played defense most of the night, doing well. During the first period he slid past an Allen player on his way from the Mallards’ zone to Allen’s before getting a shot on goal. However, during the third period he turned over the puck in the Mallards’ zone, leading to the goal by Dyson Stevenson.
With 1:38 left in the final period Coach Terry Ruskowski pulled Steve Michalek, leading to an empty net goal by J.P. LaFontaine. Costello and Courtnall were credited with assists.
Gill made 18 saves on 19 shots for Michalek’s 30 saves on 33 shots.
The Mallards next see action against the Fort Wayne Komets on January 8th when the Indiana based team visits the iWireless Center. Puck drop is at 7 PM as always for a Friday night game. Rivalry Weekend also kicks off that night, as the two teams will face-off again the following night.