KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Quad-City Mallards put a rather ugly bow on a turbulent 2017.
A year that started with the abrupt firing of Terry Ruskowski as head coach, and also saw the team part ways with general manager and team president Bob McNamara, ended with a 6-1 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings Sunday at the Wings Event Center.
The loss is the Mallards' 11th straight defeat and guarantees the team will go over a month without a win, their next chance to break the streak coming on Jan. 5 against the Wichita Thunder.
J.T. Stenglein scored just 59 seconds into the game but the Mallards answered with a goal from Sam Warning at 2:04, Warning's 13th goal of the season.
From then on, it was all Wings, who took a 3-1 lead after one period and built it to 5-1 after two periods.
Stenglein had two goals and an assist while Tyler Heinonen and Brendan Bradley each had a goal and two assists for the Wings. Joel Martin made 26 saves for the Wings.
Goaltending has been a big issue during this losing streak. With Ivan Kulbakov up with the Cleveland Monsters and C.J. Motte with the Iowa Wild, the Mallards have turned to Eric Hartzell and Matt O'Connor to try and carry the load in net.
The duo has allowed a combined 40 goals in the last eight games. Hartzell made 38 saves Saturday as he faced 44 shots.
Defenseman Kenney Morrison was recalled from the Mallards by the AHL's Chicago Wolves. Morrison scored two goals and added an assist in eight games with the Mallards.