The Quad City Mallards beat the defending Kelly Cup champions in Allen last night 2-1. The result put a damper on Allen’s banner raising ceremony earlier in the evening.
The stronger affiliation with the Wild proved beneficial to the Quad City team, both goals scored by the Mallards coming from AHL camp attendees. Guillaume Gelinas, recently assigned by the Iowa Wild, scored at 9:24 of the first period. Collin Valcourt and Miles Koules assisted on the first Mallards goal of the season.
Valcourt put his name on the game sheet another way just more than five minutes later, as he dropped the gloves with Gary Steffes.
At 13:35 of the middle frame, Ryan Tesink and Dyson Stevenson received five-minute fighting majors. Although it appeared Stevenson got the upper hand in the bout, he went to the locker room afterwards.
Roughly 50 seconds later Anthony Collins laid a hit on Rick Pinkston near the Allen goal, sending the Americans defenseman to the locker room. Collins also assisted on Logan Nelson’s goal directly after the hit. Nelson’s goal came at 14:21 of the second period.
Garrett Clarke got the only goal for the home team, with the assists coming from Justin Courtnall and goaltender Joel Rumpel at 7:39 of the final period.
The Mallards ended the game on their fifth penalty kill of the night. The shorthanded unit worked well, shutting down the Americans each time. The Mallards’ power play was tested three times, connecting just once.
Steve Michalek made his professional debut in net for the Mallards, earning the win while facing 34 shots. Rumpel only saw 24 shots, making 22 saves.
The Mallards will hope to spoil Wichita’s home opener this evening. Face-off at Intrust Bank Arena is set for 7:05 p.m..
This article was written by contributor Anna Headley.