RAPID CITY, S.D. (December 13, 2013) – Ty Rimmer made 48 saves on the way to his first career shutout and Matt Boyd and Gabriel Levesque provided a goal and an assist apiece as the Quad City Mallards blanked the host Rapid City Rush 2-0 Saturday night. The win extended the Mallards' regulation unbeaten streak to ten games (6-0-4) and halted Rapid City's five-game winning streak.
Boyd buried a rebound to give the Mallards 1-0 lead at 5:32 of the second period. Just under three minutes later Levesque doubled the Mallards' advantage by sweeping home a centering pass from Gergo Nagy, who assisted on both goals.
Rookie Rimmer made at least 15 saves in each period and was at his busiest while turning aside 17 shots in the final frame to consign the league-leading Rush to just its third loss of the season. For their part, the streaking Mallards have gone ten games without a regulation defeat for the first time since winning ten consecutive United Hockey League games between March 20 and April 10, 2004.
The Mallards return to action tomorrow night in Rapid City. The Mallards next play at home Saturday, December 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the St. Charles Chill. The first 1,000 fans through the doors for that game will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and Bierstube.
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Tickets for the December 21 tilt and all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The ticket 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.
About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League. One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10. The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record. In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched. The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club. For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.com. Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards.