MOLINE, IL — The move from the defunct Central Hockey League to the ECHL has meant new (and by new, we mean old) opponents into the i-Wireless Center. Friday night, the Quad City Mallards and Kalamazoo Wings resumed their series, meeting for the first time since March 30, 2007, when both teams were in the second iteration of the International Hockey League.
Tanner Sorenson got the scoring started at 6:16 of the first period, when he potted one past Steve Michalek. Ludwig Blomstrand and Ben Wilson assisted on the goal.
Just 39 seconds later, Sam Warning scored beat Joel Martin to level the game at 1. With Matt Neal and Tanner Eberle assisted on the goal. Ryan Tesink marked his return to action after a facial injury with his first goal of the season at 14:37, Guillaume Gelinas helping.
Warning added his second goal of the night at 4:15 of the second period. Vladimir Nikiforov and Gelinas getting helpers on Warning’s second goal.
After crashing the net and knocking it off the moorings late in the middle frame, Blomstrand left the game and did not return. No word has been released on his condition.
Only three penalties were called throughout the entire game. The Mallards were in control throughout the first period, though the shots were roughly even between the two teams. During the second period the Mallards only had eight shots on goal.
Michalek made 34 saves on 35 shots, while his counterpart Joel Martin made 18 saves on 21 shots.
The Mallards won 3-1 and it was the Mallards’ sixth straight home victory this season. The ducks return to i-Wireless ice this evening to face the division-leading Cincinnati Cyclones. Faceoff is set for 7:05.
After the game, the Mallards’ special Black Out Black Friday sweaters which will be worn tomorrow as well will be auctioned off.