INDEPENDENCE, MO — The Quad City Mallards lost 5-2 to the ECHL’s regular season point champions, the Missouri Mavericks. The good news, however, is that the Mallards were able to hold onto the eighth Western Conference play-off spot by three points for another night, as the Tulsa Oilers lost 4-3 tonight to the Colorado Eagles. The Eagles are six points ahead of the Mallards for the seventh playoff spot.
Andrew Courtney opened the scoring on the powerplay roughly halfway through the first period. Scott Howes assisted on the tally. David de Kastrozza extended the Mavericks’ lead to 2-0 with just over a minute left in the opening frame, Howes and Josh Holmstrom assisting.
Sebastien Sylvestre slid the puck past Brody Hoffman just over a minute into the sandwich stanza for what would prove to be the game winning goal. Rocco Carzo and Courtney assisted.
Vladimir Nikiforov would end Parker Milner’s shut-out just a few minutes later, Matt Carey and Matt Neal assisting. Darren Dziurzynski was able to score unassisted to extend the lead to 4-1. Tyler Barnes would then score early in the third period with help from Trevor Ludwig and Howes.
Jordan Knackstedt was able to capitalize on a Mallards powerplay to decrease the Mavericks’ lead to 5-2. Jared Knight and Carey assisted on the tally.
Milner, the second best goalie in save percentage in the ECHL, stopped 32 of the 34 saves sent his way by the Mallards. The only goalie with a better save-percentage is teammate Josh Robinson, by 0.1 percent.
The Mallards will face off against the Oilers on April Fool’s Day at 7PM CST in Moline.
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