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Quad City Mallards forward Alex Petan has signed a professional tryout agreement with the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters while Mallards defenseman Alex Gudbranson has been reassigned from the Mallards to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies by the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild, the Mallards announced today.
Petan, 24, heads to the AHL for the third time in a month after returning to the Mallards from the second of two stints with the Iowa Wild last Saturday. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound, Delta, British Columbia, native has scored one goal and assisted on another in five games with Iowa this season. Petan has scored 13 goals and added 16 assists for 29 points in 41 games with the Mallards.
Gudbranson, 22, has scored four times and notched 11 assists for 15 points in 45 games with the Mallards this season. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Orleans, Ontario, native set career highs for assists and points in one game by assisting on all three Mallard regulation goals in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Elmira Jackals. Gudbranson has posted a plus/minus rating of plus-12 in just his last nine games to lift his plus/minus for the season to plus-16.
Last season, Petan enjoyed a stellar senior year at Michigan Tech that saw him named a Second Team All-American, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year, an All-WCHA First Team selection and a top ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which is presented annually to the best college hockey player in the nation. Petan led the Huskies to a share of the WCHA regular season title while finishing first in the conference in points (29) and goals (16). Overall, Petan led Tech in goals (18) and points (33) and also picked up 15 assists in 36 games. He signed with Iowa upon the completion of his college career and added a goal and three assists in ten late-season AHL games to his banner campaign.
Petan rang up 54 goals and 74 assists for 128 points in 155 career collegiate games. In 2014-15 he earned All-WCHA Second Team honors while helping Michigan Tech to its first NCAA tournament berth in 34 years by posting collegiate career highs in points (40) and assists (25). Petan made an immediate splash when he was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2012-13.
Before starring on the college stage, Petan played three seasons in junior ranks with the Burnaby/Coquitlam Express in the British Columbia Hockey League. Petan was named Most Valuable Player of the BCHL’s Coastal Conference in 2011-12.
Gudbranson played in each of the Mallards’ 72 games last season, recording five goals, 17 assists and 22 points in the process. He scored once and added three assists in 46 AHL games with the Iowa Wild as a rookie in 2014-15.
Prior to turning pro, Gudbranson skated in the Ontario Hockey League for four seasons with the Kinston Frontenacs and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Gudbranson accumulated 15 goals, 37 assists and 52 points in 243 career OHL games. He finished his junior career in 2013-14 by scoring seven goals, gathering eight assists and totaling 15 points in 66 games while helping the Greyhounds to a division title.
The Mallards next play on the road tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. against the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Mallards will return home Friday evening for a 7:05 p.m. rematch with the Cyclones. Friday night's game brings the second annual Doland Jewelers Wedding on Ice- one lucky couple will be married at center ice during the first intermission of the Mallards' match-up with Cincinnati. Friday is also another $2 Dog/$2 Beer Night presented by 97X. Fans can enjoy $2 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during every Friday Mallards home game. In addition, the Mallards have once again this season partnered with Metro to provide transit service between Augustana College and downtown Moline during all Friday home games. As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season home games- including Friday night's game- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.