INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- For all of C.J. Motte's success with the Quad-City Mallards, he's had his struggles at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Sunday, Motte finally got over the hump.
Motte made 26 saves to post a shutout as the Mallards earned a 2-0 win over the Kansas City Mavericks, snapping a three-game winless streak for Motte in the Mavericks' home building.
"I'm so happy for him and it's awesome," head coach Phil Axtell said.
The win is the first of the season for the Mallards on the road and snaps a five-game losing streak. It's also Motte's first regular season win with the team since March 28 of last year.
It's the first shutout for the Mallards since March 18 of last year in a 5-0 win also against the Mavericks and Motte's first shutout since Feb. 9, 2016, when he was with the Elmira Jackals.
"He played well and made the saves he needed to make," Axtell said.
After a scoreless first period, the Mallards broke out on offense, with Ryan McGrath and Josh MacDonald scoring in a span of 96 seconds.
McGrath scored his second goal of the season at the 7-minute, 34-second mark of the second period then assisted on MacDonald's goal at 9:10. The duo each finished with a goal and an assist.
"We played 60 minutes and executed 5-on-5, played as a team," Axtell said. "I hope that the guys learned if you play as a team and stick to the gameplan and execute the gameplan for 60 minutes, you'll be rewarded."
Motte was tested most in the third period, especially in the final minutes. Motte took a delay of game penalty at 18:31 in the third period, giving the Mavericks a 6-on-4 advantage after the Mavericks pulled goaltender Tyler Parsons, who made 30 saves.
Motte and the Mallards defense was up to the task.
"We had tremendous efforts from all the guys that were on the ice, to get that kill and to work hard off the draw to kill that penalty," Axtell said. "It was a gutsy last couple minutes."