MOLINE, IL – The Quad City Mallards were unable to split the weekend series with the Kansas City Mavericks on Sunday, falling 2-0 in a matinee game. Tyler Parsons earned his first career shutout with a 28 save performance, while Branden Komm made his Mallards debut with 26 saves.
Both goals scored by the Mavericks came within the last ten minutes of the first period, both with teams at even strength. The Mallards looked more physical through the latter two periods, but it wasn’t enough to change the score. The Mavericks controlled play for most of the game, always one step or more ahead of the Mallards. Often the visitors looked to be on a power-play even when there was none. There were several odd-man rushes by the Mavericks throughout the game, including while the Missouri-based team was short-handed.
Hunter Smith put the Mavericks on the board at 11:58 of the opening frame, Justin Breton assisting on the tally. The puck deflected off of Dmitry Osipov’s skate and into the very top left corner. With ten seconds left in the same period, Jordan Kwas put the Mavericks up 2-0. Patch Alber and Jared Van Wormer earned the apples on that goal, which went in from the right side.
Osipov took exception to Smith continuing to poke at the puck under Komm’s glove at one point in the third period, and after some words were exchanged some punches were attempted. The officials decided they didn’t want any fights, however, managing to hold back the 6-foot-4 Russian.
The Mallards will take on the Wichita Thunder on Black Friday before heading to Kansas to finish the home-and-home series the following night. Both of those games have a start time of 7 CST. On Friday, bring your (new or like new) teddy bears or other stuffed animal to the TaxSlayer Center for the annual Teddy Bear Toss after the first Mallards goal.