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|MALLARDS OPEN 2014-15 SEASON OCTOBER 24 ON HOME ICE; 33 GAME HOME SLATE FEATURES 25 WEEKEND DATES|
|News Releases - Sports & Recreation|
|Written by Jim Kersten|
|Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:56|
MOLINE, Ill. (August 27, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards will open their 66-game 2014-15 Central Hockey League season at home on Friday, October 24 at 7:05 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush and go on to play their first four games on home ice, the Mallards announced today in conjunction with the CHL.
The Mallards will play 25 of their 33 home games on fan friendly weekend dates. The Flock will take the ice at the i wireless Center for ten Friday night games, ten Saturday evening tilts, five Sunday contests and eight Wednesday night outings. Each of the Mallards’ Sunday home games will face off at 4:05 p.m. while all other home games will start at 7:05 p.m.
"We are excited to offer so many weekend dates for our fans to attend games and to continue building up our rivalries with Brampton, Missouri and Rapid City," said Mallards president Bob McNamara. “After winning a playoff series and reaching the semi-finals for the first time in over a decade last year, we’re looking forward to the start of this season and the opportunity to build on that success.”
The Mallards’ home slate is weighted toward weekends from the outset. The season opener is the first of two games in two nights between the Mallards and Rapid City at the i wireless Center. Those two clashes will reunite the Mallards and Rush for the first time since the Mallards stoked the budding rivalry between the clubs by dramatically knocking off Rapid City in the opening round of last spring’s President’s Cup playoffs.
After their duo of duels with Rapid City, the Mallards will welcome the Brampton Beast to the Quad Cities for a pair of tilts. The Mallards will host the Beast on Halloween- Friday, October 31- and Saturday, November 1.
The CHL will, for a third straight season, forgo a geographical split into conferences but still play an unbalanced schedule. The Mallards will meet the Beast 16 times- more than they play any of their other five foes. The season series between the two clubs will start with five consecutive meetings between October 31 and November 9. The Mallards will travel to Brampton for a trio of games after hosting their first two match-ups with the Beast.
The Mallards’ already strong rivalry with the Missouri Mavericks will only intensify over the course of 13 regular season clashes. The Mallards and Mavs first renew acquaintances on Sunday, November 23 in Independence; Missouri travels to Moline for the first time six days later.
Similarly, the Mallards and Rush will no doubt crank up the heat on their rivalry during a dozen regular season meetings. The Mallards will face the Wichita Thunder nine times and the Allen Americans and Tulsa Oilers eight times apiece.
The Mallards will meet two-time defending champion Allen for the first time since falling to the Americans in the seventh game of April’s semi-finals on Sunday, November 16 at the Allen Event Center. The Americans visit the Quad Cities for the first time on Friday, February 6.
The Mallards will begin December with six straight away games- their longest road trip of the season. The Mallards travel to Missouri, Rapid City (for two games), Allen, Wichita and Tulsa between December 2 and December 13.
The Mallards kick off March with their longest homestand. The Flock will play seven home games between March 1 and March 18, welcoming Missouri (three times), Allen (twice), Wichita and Tulsa to the Quad Cities.
Upon completing that home ice septet, the Mallards will play six of their final eight games on the road. After playing their last home game on Wednesday, April 1 against Brampton, Coach Terry Ruskwowski’s troops will close out the regular season with a two-game set in Rapid City Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4.
Other schedule highlights include:
2014-15 Mallards season tickets are now on sale. Ticket packages are available to meet almost any budget. A limited edition season ticket holder Mallard jersey, 12 additional ticket vouchers per seat and free parking are among a host of exclusive benefits available to season ticket holders. For more season ticket information fans can call the Mallards’ business office at 309-277-1364. Single game seats will go on sale in September on a date to be announced.
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