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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 14:07

Thursday, November 6, 6:00 p.m. CST
Powerade Center, Brampton

Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast


Friday, November 7, 6:00 p.m. CST

Powerade Center, Brampton

Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

Sunday, November 9, 1:00 p.m. CST

Powerade Center, Brampton

Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

Tuesday, October 28

Quad City 4 Rapid City 1

Friday, October 31

Cincinnati 3 Quad City 2

Saturday, November 1
Cincinnati 5 Quad City 4

Quad City
2-3-0-0, 4 points
tied 4th place, Central Division
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

0-3-1-0, 1 point
7th place, Central Division
Coach: Brent Hughes

Cincy Sweep

The Mallards suffered back-to-back one-goal home losses to the Cincinnati Cyclones last weekend.  Those two games were the Mallards’ first two match-ups with a club that, unlike the Mallards and the rest of the Central Division, is not new to the ECHL this season.


The Mallards started last week with a 4-1 win in Rapid City Tuesday.  That victory was the Mallards’ second in a season-opening stretch of three consecutive tilts against the Rush.



Justin Fox scored twice last Saturday- the first multiple goal game for a Mallard this season- and has collected four points (two goals and two assists) in his last three games to move into a tie for the team lead in goals (with Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel and Joe Perry) and points (with Dieude-Fauvel).  Fox also posted a plus-minus rating of +5 in his three games last week.

Rookie Run
Rookie Pearce Eviston has notched four assists in his last four games to take over the team lead.


On the Road

After playing four of their first five games at home the Mallards now play five straight games in Brampton, eight of their next 11 away from home and 14 of their next 18 on the road.

Home Sweet Home?

The Mallards dropped back-to-back home games last weekend and have lost three of their first four home games.

Parker Milner made 28 saves while earning his first win as a Mallard and Evan Haney and Johnny Rogic picked up their first career points- assists for both- last Tuesday at Rapid City.  Last Friday against Cincinnati Logan Nelson played his first career game while Antti Pusa, Jani Hakanpaa and Mario Lamoureux made their Mallard debuts with Finns Pusa and Hakanpaa both scoring.

Two Hundred Seventy-Seventh

Kevin Baker scored his first Mallard goal- and the two hundred seventy-seventh of his career- last Tuesday in Rapid City.


Captain Darren McMillan moved past Andy Fermoyle into fifth place in team history by playing his two hundred seventy-sixth career game for the Mallards last Tuesday at Rapid City.


Special Teams

The Mallards gave up two goals on four Cincinnati power plays last Saturday after giving up just two goals in their first four games on 15 penalty kills.  The Mallards now rank twentieth in the ECHL in penalty killing (78.9 percent).  Justin Fox scored the Mallards’ second power play goal of the season last Saturday.  The Mallards rank nineteenth on the man advantage (12.5 percent).

Best Shot
The Mallards outshot the Cyclones 31-27 last Saturday after being outshot in each of their first four games.  The Mallards rank twenty four in the league in shots per game (25.2) and twenty-fifth in shots allowed (32.0).

Head to Head

The Mallards went 7-3-3 against the Beast last season and posted a 4-1-1 record in Brampton.  After meeting the Beast in Brampton this Thursday and Friday and again next Sunday, the Mallards will head back to the Quad Cities and then make a return trip north of the border for games against the Beast on Friday, November 14 and Sunday, November 16.

Ins and Outs

Defenseman Jani Hakanpaa was reassigned to the Mallards from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves by the NHL’s St. Louis Blues last Thursday and then reassigned to the Wolves today...Forward Evan Haney was placed on the Mallards’ reserve list last Thursday and then activated last Saturday when Forward Kevin Baker was moved to the reserve list...Forward Todd Fiddler returned to the Mallard line-up last Friday.  Fiddler missed last Tuesday night’s win in Rapid City after being suspended one game for incurring a major penalty (kneeing) and game misconduct October 25 against Rapid City... Forwards Kyle Thomas, Garrett Vermeersch and Ben Woodley were released last Thursday… Forward Antti Pusa was activated from the reserve list last Thursday… Defenseman Nicholas Rioux signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Iowa Wild last Wednesday…The Mallards acquired forward Mario Lamoureux from the Ontario Reign in exchange for future considerations last Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 19, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers
Four Tickets for $20; Postgame Party at T.G.I. Friday’s
Fans can purchase four tickets to each Mallards Wednesday home game for just $20.  In addition, after each Wednesday home contest, fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s on River Drive in Moline- adjacent to the iWireless Center- for a postgame party.


Friday, November 21, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Rapid City Rush

$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK
Fans again this season will enjoy $1 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday home games.  97X will follow in the spirit of the evening by presenting hot dog-themed intermission entertainment.

Saturday, November 22, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Rapid City Rush

Lighting on the Commons

Fans who attend Lighting on the Commons on John Deere Commons just before the Mallards’ game against the Rush will receive a free youth ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket to that Mallards tilt.


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  A limited number of Mallards games will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  ECHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts and free audio webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at

Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available.  Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about tickets.  Single game tickets are also available at the iWireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through 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 receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of 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

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Monday, 03 November 2014 15:06
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Cyclones Slip Past Mallards 3-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 03 November 2014 13:34

MOLINE, Ill. (October 31, 2014) – Joe Basaraba had a goal and and assist, Stephan Vigier delivered what proved to be the game winner and Sam Brittain made 20 saves in his professional debut as  the Cincinnati Cyclones (2-1-0-0) defeated the host Quad City Mallards (2-2-0-0) 3-2 Friday night.

The Cyclones twice in the second period staked themselves to two-goal leads.  At 7:44 of the second Byron Froese scored in a goalmouth scramble to double what had been a 1-0 Cincinnati advantage.  The Mallards' Antti Pusa cut the gap in half from the slot at 13:55, but Vigier would respond by scoring the third Cincinnati goal from the high slot at the 18:30 mark.

Jani Hakanpaa intercepted a pass and weaved between the circles to snap a backhander past Brittain and make it a one-goal game at 11:52 of the third period but the Mallards could not complete the comeback.

The Cyclones had first moved in front with just 18.2 seconds left in the first period.  Basaraba's wrist shot from the high slot opened the scoring.

The Mallards host the Cyclones again tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. on Military Appreciation Night.  Tickets for tomorrow evening's game are available to current and former military personnel and their families for just $5.  Single game tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including tomorrow night's- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, 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., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.


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 eighteenth season and their first in the ECHL.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007; in the International Hockey League in 2009-10; and in the Central Hockey League from 2010 through 2014.  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 iWireless 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  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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Blue Grass American Legion to Host 2nd Annual Veterans’ Day Run/Walk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joan Kranovich   
Friday, 31 October 2014 15:29

Blue Grass, IA- The Blue Grass American Legion is preparing to host another successful Veterans’ Day Run/Walk to support the many programs and projects of the Legion.  This event will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the American Legion Post 711 in Blue Grass, Iowa.

This event has options for runners and walkers of all ages and capabilities.  The 5K run will begin at 8:00 AM and follow old route 61 south.  The kids half-mile run will begin at 9:30 AM and any children twelve and under are eligible to participate. The family fun run/walk will begin at 10:00 AM and follow a 1-mile route. Families are encouraged to carry posters supporting their loved ones, as well as include the family pet in this run/walk.

The Battle Buddy Run will begin at 11:00 AM.  This 2-mile race includes two people and one person must be carried at all times. Alternating who is carried is allowed, but no advancement is allowed during transition.

Unique dog-tag medals and t-shirts will be given out to all participants as supplies permit.  Awards and medals will also be given to the top three male and female participants in each age group.

Registration after October 31 is $20 for anyone 15 years or younger, $25 for adults, $20 for veterans and everyday heroes (Police, firefighters, EMS, teachers); $15 for legionnaires, auxiliary, and Sons of American Legion; and $25 for the family fun run for two participants, $10 for each additional participant.

Registrations will be accepted up until the race time on Saturday morning. Participants are urged to register and pick up their packet at the Blue Grass American Legion on Friday, November 7 from 5:00-8:00 PM or Saturday, November 8 from 6:00-7:30 AM. American Legion Post 711 is located at 106 S. Juniata St. in Blue Grass, IA.

Please contact American Legion Post 711 for more information at 563-381-4380 or visit

Proceeds from this event will be utilized to help support the many community and youth programs that the American Legion provides the Blue Grass and Buffalo areas.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans. The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.

Mallards Shuffle Roster Hakanpaa Reassigned to Flock; Trio Waived PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:33

MOLINE, Ill. (October 30, 2014) – Defenseman Jani Hakanpaa has been reassigned to the Quad City Mallards from the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves by the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, the Mallards announced today.  The Mallards further announced they have waived forwards Kyle Thomas, Garrett Vermeersch and Ben Woodley and have activated forward Antii Pusa from the team’s reserve list while moving forward Evan Haney to the reserve list. 

Hakanpaa, 22, scored four goals and added four assists while posting a plus/minus rating of +20 in 54 games with the Wolves last season.

Hakanpaa was selected by St. Louis in the fourth round of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft with the one hundred fourth overall choice.  The 6’ 5”, 218-pound product of Kirkkonummi, Finland got his first taste of North American hockey when he joined the Peoria Rivermen for 14 AHL games in 2012-13.  Hakanpaa started that campaign in his homeland with the Espoo Blues. 

Hakanpaa represented Finland at the 2011 and 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships, captaining the Finns at the 2012 event in Alberta.

Thomas played in one game for the Mallards, Vermeersch scored once in three outings and Woodley picked up an assist in two games.

Haney skated in two games before his move to the reserve list.  Pusa, 25, makes his way to the active roster after sitting out the Mallards’ first three games of the season.

The Mallards next play at home tomorrow evening - Halloween night- at 7:05 against the Cincinnati Cyclones.  Kids 12 and under wearing Halloween costumes to tomorrow night's tilt will receive free tickets to that game and will have the chance to trick-or-treat on the ice during the first intermission.  Tomorrow is also another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X and MetroLINK.  $1 hot dogs and beer are available at iWireless Center concession stands during all Mallards Friday night home games.


Single game tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including tomorrow night's- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.comand 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., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

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