The Quad-City Mallards have won eight straight games, tied for the third-longest winning streak this season and second-longest active streak in the ECHL behind the Colorado Eagles, who have won nine straight.
The winning streak is the Mallards' best since 2004 and has come after the team replaced Terry Ruskowski with Phil Axtell as head coach. Under Axtell, the Mallards are 10-2-0 and are one point back of second place in the division.
The team has a chance to stretch its streak to nine games at home tonight against the Cincinnati Cyclones at 7 p.m.
"It's pretty awesome, it's always awesome to be a part of a team's history like that," forward Justin Kovacs said. "It's been over decade since we've won (eight) in a row. To do that with a new coach, and the perseverance that we've had, dealing with all that, we've had injuries, short benches ... it's awesome.
"It feels good but we know it can't last forever, we just have to go out every game, give it our all and try to win them."
The Mallards have been getting the job done offensively, outscoring opponents 37-18 during the streak and Chris Francis has led the way offensively. The Mallards captain has scored seven goals and seven assists but the entire team is contributing, as 13 different Mallards have scored during the streak.
Goalies C.J. Motte and Adam Vay have won four games during this streak, while Vay earned his first career shutout.
Here are other notable winning streaks in Mallards history:
1997: 12 games
The streak: Mallards opened season with 12 wins in a row — something that hasn't been done in the NHL, AHL or ECHL — starting with a 5-2 win over Thunder Bay on Oct. 17 and lasting until Nov. 15 with a 6-0 loss to Flint.
By the numbers: Mallards outscored opponents 71-28 during streak.
Top performances: Sergei Zvyagin posted two shutouts and Glenn Stewart scored 14 goals during streak.
End game: The streak, one of two double-digit winning streaks during the season, propelled Mallards to a 55-18-1 mark, a division title and a run to their second straight Colonial Cup. The streak was in Paul Gillis' first year as Mallards head coach.
2000: 11 games
The streak: Started with a 6-2 win over Port Huron on Nov. 11, 2000 lasting until a 3-2 shootout loss to Missouri on Dec. 15.
By the numbers: The Mallards outscored opponents 68-23 over the 11-game streak, scoring five or more goals six times and posting one shutout.
Top performances: Sixteen different players scored during this streak, led by Chad Power, who had nine goals and Vlad Serov, who scored seven. Rookie Scott Myers earned a shutout.
End game: Despite having three of their top players up in the AHL for a time and losing rookie Peter Armbrust during the streak to an injury, the Mallards finished the season 55-12-7, their best season in terms of winning percentage, capturing the Southwest Division and grabbing their third Colonial Cup in the process.
2001-02: 10 games
The streak: Two separate 10-game winning streaks for the Mallards, starting with a 4-1 win on Nov. 14 over Rockford and lasting until a 6-2 loss to Fort Wayne on Dec. 7. After the new year, the Mallards got right back on track, beating Missouri 6-1 on Jan. 11 and winning their next 10 until a 4-2 loss to Kalamazoo on Feb. 2. The Mallards also won nine straight games later in the season.
By the numbers: The Mallards outscored opponents 43-16 and 40-15 over the two streaks.
Top performances: Chad Power and Brendan Brooks each scored six goals during first streak. The Mallards brought back Hugo Proulx and acquired Jesse Rooney from Rockford prior to their second streak and the duo combined for 13 goals. Goaltender Joe Dimaline recorded the 10th and 11th shutouts of his career during the streaks.
End game: The Mallards posted their most wins in a season, going 57-15-2 and winning the Western Division but lost in the second round of the Colonial Cup playoffs.
2004: 10 games
The streak: Ten-game run began March 20 with a 5-3 win over Fort Wayne and ended April 11 with a 3-2 loss to Fort Wayne.
By the numbers: The Mallards outscored opponents 44-27 during the streak. Five times the team scored at least five goals.
Top performances: Jeff Williams scored six goals and had seven assists, and Marty and Jason Goulet combined for seven goals and three assists.
End game: The run helped Mallards secure home ice in first round of playoffs and secure the team's seventh 50-win season in eight years.
1999: 8 games
The streak: Run was part of a stretch where the team won 19 of 21. The eight-game streak ran from a 6-5 win over Flint on Nov. 26, 1999, to a Dec. 26 3-2 shootout loss against Rockford.
By the numbers: Mallards outscored opponents 50-31 during stretch, including a 10-goal game against Rockford.
Top performances: Thirteen different Mallards scored a goal during streak, led by Patrick Nadeau's eight goals. Kevin Kerr picked up his 1,000th career point during streak.
End game: Streak spurred the Mallards to a Western Division title and a run to the Colonial Cup finals, where the team lost to Flint. The streak was in Matt Shaw's only year as head coach.
1997: 7 games
The streak: Started with a 4-1 victory over Muskegon on Jan. 19, lasting to a 5-3 loss to Flint on Feb. 7.
By the numbers: Mallards outscored opponents 33-14 over seven-game span.
Top performances: Glenn Stewart scored six goals, Hugo Proulx netted five goals and Sergei Zvyagin won six of the seven games.
End game: Streak spurred the Mallards to a 51-20-3 mark, starting a run of six straight 50-win seasons. The Mallards won West Division and their first Colonial Cup in John Anderson's only year as head coach.
2013: 5 games
The streak: Two five-game winning streaks in March. The Mallards won five straight starting with a 3-2 win over Missouri on March 1, lasting until a 8-5 loss to Bloomington on March 12. Then, the Mallards beat Missouri 6-0 on March 17, lasting through the season finale with a 2-1 win over Bloomington on March 24.
By the numbers: Mallards outscored opponents 45-18 over the 10 games.
Top performances: Mickey Lang had 10 goals and five assists over the two streaks while Mike Stinziani added seven goals and three assists. John Murray posted a 35-save shutout to start the second streak.
End game: The pair of streaks, part of a month in which the Mallards went 11-2-0, helped Mallards finish 34-26-6, securing a Central Hockey League playoff berth in Terry Ruskowski's first year as head coach.