WICHITA, Kan. — One day after trading away their top two leading scorers, the Quad-City Mallards fell 4-1 to the Wichita Thunder on Wednesday at INTRUST Bank Arena.
"Too many blue line turnovers and odd-man rushes against result in a loss every night," head coach Phil Axtell said.
The Mallards took a 1-0 lead on Matt Pohlkamp's 16th goal of the season at the 6-minute, 22-second mark of the first period. Nick Bligh, who was acquired by the Mallards on Tuesday, recorded an assist on the goal.
The Thunder tied the game with a goal from Kevin Dufour at 13:21. Former Mallard Brayden Low, who led the team with 17 goals this season and was part of the trade involving Bligh, had an assist on the goal.
Ryan Van Stralen scored a pair of goals in the second period to give Wichita a 3-1 lead, and Ralph Cuddemi capped the scoring at 11:52 of the third period.
Eric Hartzell made 38 saves in net for the Mallards, who were outshot 42-29 in the game.
The Mallards travel to Toledo, Ohio, to play a pair of games with the Walleye on Friday and Saturday.
Grant suspended for remainder of season: The ECHL suspended Mallards captain Triston Grant for 14 games Wednesday as a result of his actions in Sunday's game against Fort Wayne.
Grant was given a match penalty for fighting after an altercation with Fort Wayne's Justin MacDonald in the third period. It was Grant's first game back from a five-game suspension, and he was also hit with a 12-game suspension last February while with Rapid City.
Grant was also fined an undisclosed amount by the league. Axtell declined to comment on the suspension.