INDEPENDENCE, MO — A different kind of streak has begun for the Quad City Mallards after facing the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday. After winning eight straight contests, the Mallards have dropped their last two tilts, both by a single goal. The Mavericks continued their own streak, picking up victory number six against the Flock.
Dane Fox began the scoring just a smidge under five minutes into the game on a baffling play. Dan Correale kept the Mallards’ attempted clear in the zone with a high stick, causing both teams to avoid touching the puck. Fox and Guillaume Gelinas hovered over the puck in the faceoff dot to C.J. Motte‘s right, and Gelinas used his stick to tap Fox’s stick into touching the puck to get the whistle. The expected whistle didn’t come, however, but the two teams didn’t seem to realize that. The only one who didn’t hear the non-existent whistle was Fox, who took the opportunity to move a few feet to shoot the puck into the net.
Seven minutes later, Andrew Courtney extended the Mavericks’ lead to two to nothing. He slipped the puck just over Motte’s glove with help from Zach Tolkinen. At first, it appeared as if Kyle Schempp had deflected the puck in, but the replay shows a clear Courtney shot.
At the 13 minutes and 52 seconds mark of the same period, Grant Arnold tripped Ryan Obuchowski. Kevin Tansey took exception to this, swooping in to begin punching Arnold. Arnold answered back quickly, landing several good uppercuts. Arnold was given two minutes for the tripping call, while Tansey earned two for instigating the fight; both received five minutes for dropping the gloves.
Mavericks goalie Josh Robinson appeared to catch a stick to the face through his mask with eight minutes and 44 seconds remaining in the middle frame. He had to leave the game to have the injury tended to, bringing Stephon Williams off of the bench to take his place between the pipes. On just the second of the three shots Williams faced, the Mallards got on the board.
Michael Parks jammed the puck into the net behind Williams’ right foot as Parks stood behind the goal-line. Parks had picked up the rebound from Gelinas’ blueline shot, battling by the crease before finding twine. Gelinas earned the only assist on that tally.
The Mallards fought hard in the third period against Robinson, but the goalie had apparently eaten extra Frosted Flakes before the game and didn’t let a goal through. Robinson earned first star honors for his perfect night.
Even with Saturday’s loss, the Mallards still hold a considerable lead on the Tulsa Oilers for third place in the Central Division, seven points separating the two teams. Five points separate the Mallards from the Komets, who the Mallards travel to see on Wednesday at 6:30 CST.