MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: DEC 30, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Monday, 30 December 2013 15:54

THIS WEEK
Monday, December 30, 6:10 p.m.
Powerade Centre, Brampton
Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

Friday, January 3, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline

St. Charles Chill vs. Quad City Mallards

Saturday, January 4, 7:05 p.m.
Family Arena, St. Charles

Quad City Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill

LAST WEEK
Friday, December 27
Quad City 5 Brampton 4

Saturday, December 28
Quad City 3 Brampton 2 (OT)

Quad City
14-6-5 (33 points)
5th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Brampton
14-13-2 (30 points)
7th place
Coach: Mark DeSantis

QUACK TRACKS
Last Week
The Mallards rallied from 2-0 deficits Friday and Saturday to claim a pair of come from behind wins in Brampton.

Streaking
Saturday night's win was the Mallards fourth in a row. Their current winning streak is the Mallards' longest of the season. The Mallards have won their last four games after losing their prior three.

Climbing
Saturday night's Mallard win combined with Denver's overtime loss in Arizona enabled the Mallards to move out of a tie with the Cutthroats and into sole possession of fifth place. With a win tonight in Bramtpon the Mallards would leapfrog Allen and Tulsa and take over third place.

Sudden Death
Darren McMillan's goal 36 seconds into overtime Saturday night gave the Mallards their first sudden death victory of the season. The Mallards are 1-1 in games decided in overtime. Their overtime loss came at the hands of the Beast of December 7. The Mallards were no doubt happy to avoid the shootout Saturday evening having gone 1-4 in the shootout on the season.

Playing the Percentages
The Mallards, who have played fewer games (25) than any other CHL club, boast the league's third best winning percentage (.660).

On the Road
The Mallards have won three straight road games- their longest away winning streak of the season. With Saturday night's win, the Mallards have also moved over .500 (5-4-4) on the road this season.

Home Sweet Home
The Mallards are unbeaten in regulation (7-0-1) in their last eight home games. They have not suffered a regulation loss at the iWireless Center since being edged 4-3 by Brampton on November 2.

Goals, Goals, Goals
The Mallards have scored three goals or fewer in nine of their last ten games. On the season, the Mallards rank fourth in the league in goals per game (3.6) despite the fact no Mallard ranks in the top 25 in the CHL in points.

Little Big Man
Gabriel Levesque has scored four goals (and added an assist) in his last five games and has scored five times totaled eight points in his last eight games.

Leaders
Among rookies, Thomas Frazee is tied for second in assists (14), ranks third in points (21) and ranks seventh in goals (7)...Thomas Heemskerk and Ty Rimmer are tied for seventh in goals against average (2.76) while Heemskerk ranks seventh in save percentage (.911) and Rimmer eighth (.910).

Milestones
Matt Boyd last Friday in Brampton played his two hundredth career game...McMillan has collected 96 career CHL assists.

Special Teams
The Mallards rank last in the CHL in power play efficiency (12.3 percent). They have converted just one of their last 33 man advantage and just two of their last 49. The Mallards rank fourth in penalty killing (84.3 percent) after killing off 14 of their opponents' last 15 power plays. They are tied for third in shorthanded goals (5).

Head to Head
By winning each of the first two games of their three game series in Brampton, the Mallards have improved to 4-1-1 against the Beast this season. The Mallards have rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win in each of their last three games against the Beast, a comeback streak that started with a 3-2 victory on home ice on December 8. The Mallards have gone 4-0-1 against Brampton since losing their first ever meeting with the Beast on November 2. Gergo Nagy (3-5-8) and Jim McKenzie (3-5-8) are the top point scorers in the season series.

NEXT HOME GAME
Friday, January 3, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X
January 3 is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. $1 hot dogs and $1 beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

ON THE AIR
Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance.  Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net.  A limited number of Mallards games- including tonight's- will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  Free audio webcasts of games that do not air on AM 1230 are available at myqcmallards.com.  CHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.com.  For a full Mallards broadcast/webcast schedule, go to

TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available.  Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 orinfo@myqcmallards.com for more information about tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

Group Tickets
Groups of at least ten can receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of other great group benefits.  Mallards group tickets are a great fit for youth organizations, friends, co-workers, family groups, religious groups, school functions and business events.  For more group ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

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