|MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: OCTOBER 21, 2013|
|News Releases - Sports & Recreation|
|Written by Brian Lavelle|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 14:09|
i wireless Center, Moline
St. Charles Chill vs. Quad City Mallards
Sunday, October 27, 4:05 p.m.
0-1-0 (0 points)
Coach: Terry Ruskowski
In the wake of last Saturday’s defeat, the Mallards have gone 2-3-0 in season openers and 0-5-0 in home openers since returning for the 2009-10 season. The Mallards last won a home opener on October 22, 2005, when, while competing in the United Hockey League, they defeated the Motor City Mechanics 4-3.
Home Sweet Home
This Saturday’s game is the second in a stretch that will see the Mallards play six of their first seven at home. The Mallards last season went 20-10-3 at home. Last Saturday’s defeat was the Mallards’ first regular season setback on home ice since a 3-2 loss to the Rush on February 19, after which the Mallards won their final eight regular season home games of the 2012-13 campaign.
On the Road
The Mallards next Sunday will play their first away game of the season. The Mallards last year went 14-16-3 on the road.
Between the Pipes
Rookie Ty Rimmer made 29 saves last Saturday while suffering the loss in his Central Hockey League debut.
All ten goals in last Saturday’s game were scored at even strength. The Mallards went 0-for-4 on the power play while killing off both Rush man advantages.
Shoot on Sight
Over the opening weekend of the CHL season, only the Denver Cutthroats last Friday against Tulsa took more shots (45) than the 44 the Mallards hurled at the Rapid City net last Saturday evening. McKenzie led the Mallards with seven shots on goal.
Anthony Perdicaro, who played for the Mallards last year, joined the Chill just before the start of this season and made his St. Charles debut last Saturday in the Chill’s opening night 3-2 shootout loss to Missouri…Three- Eric Giosa, Jared Brown and Ryan Palmer- of the four former Mallards on the Rush roster scored against their old team last Saturday. The fourth- Bob Preece- engaged in a third period fight with former teammate Matt Boyd...Former Rush forward Lee registered an assist last Saturday in his first game against his old club.
McKenzie’s first goal last Saturday was his one hundred fiftieth career point …Matt Duffy has notched 93 career points…Gabriel Levesque has played 92 career games…McMillan has collected 91 career CHL assists…Nicholas Rioux has registered 48 career points.
The Mallards and the expansion Chill this Saturday meet for the first time. That tilt is the first of three straight for the Mallards against St. Charles. After visiting the Family Arena next Sunday, the Mallards will return home to clash with the Chill on Friday, November 1. The two clubs will get together a total of 14 times this season.
Ins and Outs
The Mallards last Tuesday re-signed forward Mike Hellyer.
NEXT HOME GAME
Saturday, October 26, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill
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 Sunday’s contest- 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.
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