WICHITA, Kan. -- The Quad-City Mallards have definitely settled into life in the ECHL.
With a 4-1 win over the Wichita Thunder Tuesday, the Mallards collected their 82nd point, most since joining the league in 2014.
"Guys are showing up more consistently and getting points," head coach Phil Axtell said. "It doesn't really mean much. We've got to keep getting better and moving towards the playoffs. Getting points against everyone we're playing right now is huge. As long as we keep getting better, I'm happy."
The Mallards have won four straight games and now have a six-point lead over the Kalamazoo Wings for third place in the Central Division. The Mallards trail the Fort Wayne Komets by just four points for second place, though the Komets do have two games in hand over the Mallards.
Sam Warning — who scored the overtime winner against the Thunder Sunday — scored the game's first goal at the 16-minute, 17-second mark of the first period at INTRUST Bank Arena.
Former Mallard Ryan Tesink tied the game 1:27 into the second period. Axtell noted that Tesink's goal shouldn't have counted, but the Mallards responded to retake the lead. Chris Francis jumped on a turnover and buried a shot past Scott Greenham less than two minutes later.
"Shouldn't have been a goal," he said. "The kid kicked it in. Should have been a shutout for (goalie C.J. Motte) ... we kind of took our foot off the gas pedal in our play, just not in our scoring."
Michael Parks added his team-leading 27th goal of the season at 11:15, then the Mallards relied on C.J. Motte in net.
Motte made 30 saves on the night, including 12 in the third period. Mike Wilson scored an empty-net goal with 1:05 left in the game, assisted by Francis, who finished with three points on the night.