The Quad-City Mallards, who lead the Central Hockey League in shots per game, are starting to show they don't need to be a shooting gallery to win games.
The team was outshot in each of its two games last weekend after outshooting its opponents in each of the first five games. Despite being outshot 74-61 over the weekend, the Mallards won both games.
"We've got a really talented group," said Mallards forward Jeff Lee, who had three points, including two goals, on the weekend. "We average five goals a game, so we've just got to stick with it and get our chances."
SOMEONE'S GOTTA LOSE: The last two unbeaten teams in the CHL meet this weekend when Missouri (8-0-0) travels to Rapid City (9-0-0). The best start to a season is 10 straight wins, which was accomplished by the 2007-08 Laredo Bucks and the 2002-03 Austin Ice Bats.
IT'S NOT HOW YOU START: After not registering a point in the season opener, Mallards forward Vladimir Nikiforov has recorded points in all six games since. Nikiforov is also second on the team with 10 points.
HIT THE RESET BUTTON: The Wichita Thunder (1-7-3), who have reached the CHL finals in each of the past two seasons, have lost eight straight games and have still not won a game in regulation this season. Their lone win came against defending champion Allen in a shootout on Oct. 20.
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ROLLER COASTER RIDE: After winning their first game since March 15 two weeks ago, the Tulsa Oilers (4-5-2) have now won four straight games, capped with a 3-2 shootout win against St. Charles to move into sixth place in the league with 10 points.
PLUS/MINUS LEADER: Mallards defenseman Nicholas Rioux is tied for second in the league with a plus/minus rating of +9. All but two Mallards, Gabriel Levesque and Matt Duffy, have either a positive or zero plus/minus ratings.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tulsa Oilers forward Adam Pleskach was named Oakley CHL player of the week after scoring four goals and grabbing three assists in three games.
THIS WEEK: The Mallards begin a five-game road trip with two games against the Denver Cutthroats. The Mallards beat the Cutthroats 5-2 and 4-3 over the weekend. If the Mallards win both games, coach Terry Ruskowski will move into a tie for third with Chris Stewart for career coaching wins with 415.