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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: NOVEMBER 25, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:02

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, November 27, 7:05 p.m.
Independence Events Center
Quad City Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks

Friday, November 29, 7:05 p.m. 
iWireless Center
St. Charles Chill vs. Quad City Mallards

Saturday, November 30, 7:05 p.m. 
iWireless Center
Tulsa Oilers vs. Quad City Mallards


LAST WEEK
Friday, November 15
Arizona 3 Quad City 2 (SO)

Saturday, November 16
Arizona 3 Quad City 2 (SO)

Quad City
5-3-1 (11 points)
7th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Missouri
10-3-0 (20 points)
tied 4th place
Coach: Scott Hillman 

St. Charles
3-9-2 (8 points)
tied 9th place
Coach: Jamie Rivers

Tulsa
9-7-2 (20 points)
tied 4th place
Coach: Bruce Ramsay

QUACK TRACKS
Shootout Out West
The Mallards earned two points for a pair of 3-2 shootout losses last weekend in Arizona. The Mallards came from behind to tie both of those games in the third period. Saturday night's game ended controversially as the Mallards argued that Gabriel Levesque scored what should have been the tying goal in the final round of the shootout but it was ruled that Sundogs goaltender Chris Rawlings gloved Levesque's bid just before it crossed the goal line.

Trifecta
Each of the Mallards' last three games has gone to the shootout. The Mallards have gone 1-2 during that stretch and are 1-3 in shootouts on the season. This marks the first time the Mallards have reached the shootout in three consecutive games since going to successive shootouts on January 8, January 10 and January 15, 2010 while in the International Hockey League.

Upswing
The Mallards have suffered just one regulation loss in their last six games, a stretch during which they have gone 3-1-2.

Goals, Goals, Goals
The Mallards have scored a total of six regulation goals in their last four games after scoring at least four goals in six of their first seven games. The Mallards, who until last weekend led the league in goals per game, now rank second in that category (3.7), just behind Rapid City (3.8).

Stingy
The Mallards have allowed just two (non-shootout) goals in each of their last three games and have given up three goals or fewer in each of their last six games.

Catch-Up
The Mallards have played fewer games (11) than any other CHL club. The league-leading Rush have played the next fewest (13) while the Tulsa Oilers, who the Mallards on Saturday night will meet for the first time this season, have already played a league high 18 games.

Rookie Roll
Rookie Thomas Frazee has recorded eight points (two goals and six assists) in his last eight games.

Between The Pipes
Thomas Heemskerk remains unbeaten in regulation (2-0-1) after making 29 saves in last Friday's shootout setback. That game was Heemskerk's first with the Mallards since returning from a brief stint with the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild. Ty Rimmer made 31 saves one night later while making his fourth start in the Mallards' last five games, a stretch during which he has gone 2-1-1 with a 2.40 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

Leaders
Mike Monfredo is tied for sixth among CHL defensemen in assists (7)...Thomas Frazee ranks fifth among rookies in assists and is tied for seventh seventh among rookies in points (8).

Milestones
Gabriel Levesque played his one hundredth career game last Friday at Arizona...Terry Ruskowski has won 414 games as a CHL coach and is one win away from tying Chris Stewart for third place all-time among CHL coaches in victories (415)...Matt Duffy has notched 99 career points...Darren McMillan has collected 95 career CHL assists

Special Teams
The Mallards rank sixth in the CHL in power play efficiency (16.4 percent) and lead the league in power plays per game (6.1). The Mallards, who have successfully completed 14 consecutive penalty kills, rank third in penalty killing (84.2 percent). The Mallards last Friday gave up a shorthanded goal for the second time this season; last Saturday Thomas Frazee scored the Mallards' first shorthanded goal of the year.

Head to Head
This Wednesday's game is the first of ten meetings this season between the Mallards and Mavericks. The Mallards last season went 7-6-0 overall and 4-3-0 on the road against Missouri. All-time the Mallards have gone 14-12-2 against the Mavericks and have posted a 9-6-0 record in Independence...The Mallards have gone 2-0-1 against the expansion Chill this season and have won each of the clubs' prior two meetings at the iWireless Center. Mikes Hellyer (four goals and three assists) and Stinziani (three goals and four assists) piled up seven points apiece over the first three games between the two clubs...The Mallards and Oilers will open their four-game season series this Saturday. The Mallards last season went 4-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 at home against Tulsa. All-time the Mallards have gone 6-5-0 against the Oilers overall and 4-3-0 at home.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Friday, November 29, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Night Presented by 97X 
Every Friday night home game this season is a $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. Fans will be able to purchase $1 beer and $1 hot dogs at iWireless Center concession stands during each of those Friday tilts.

Saturday, November 30, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers
Teddy Bear Toss
The Teddy Bear Toss will make its annual return when the Mallards do battle with the Tulsa Oilers Saturday night. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed animals to that game and throw them on the ice immediately after the Mallards’ first goal. Those teddy bears will then be donated to children in need in the Quad Cities area just in time for the holidays.

Holiday 4-Pack
Fans can purchase a Holiday 4-Pack of four lower bowl seats to this Saturday night's game for just $40 at the iWireless Center box office while supplies last.

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 this Friday'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.  For a full Mallards broadcast/webcast schedule, go to myqcmallards.com/schedule/broadcast_schedule/.

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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Skate for United Way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Monday, 25 November 2013 15:07

 
2013 Iowa State Fair Boasts More than One Million Visitors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 25 November 2013 13:44

DES MOINES, IA (11/25/2013)(readMedia)-- "Happiness Is" the 2013 Iowa State Fair's final attendance tally of 1,045,048 visitors during its August 8-18 run. Fairgoers packaged meals for the food insecure, indulged in new Fair foods and enjoyed all the traditions of the Iowa State Fair during an unprecedented 11 days of beautiful weather.

More than 1500 Fairgoers volunteered in the Fair's first ever one-day meal-packaging event in partnership with Meals from the Heartland. Fairgoers packaged 255,096 meals to help alleviate life-threatening hunger around the world. Combined with the Fair's Food Drive discount day, a total of 46,453 pounds of food was donated to help the food insecure locally and globally. The event was part of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions' "Dream Big" food drive hosted by fairs throughout the world.

The first annual New Fair Food Contest and eighteen new foods debuted at this year's Fair. Introductory foods ranged from new flavors of funnel cakes and corndogs to the "Graham Champion" Fair Square and deep-fried brownie on-a-stick. Fairgoers voted for the Shrimp Corndog as the contest's inaugural champion of the new foods.

This year, the Fair hosted 6,650 livestock exhibitors with 21,787 animals throughout the 11 days, making it one of the world's largest livestock shows. Other highlights included two new equine events, the Supreme Six-Horse Hitch contest and cowboy mounted shooting demonstrations, as well as seven record-breakers in the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement's Sale of Champions.

Fairgoers flocked to the Agriculture Building to get a glimpse of the Butter Cow, a 102-year Fair tradition. This year's companion sculptures commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway Bridge in Tama and the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Other highlights included more than 22,800 exhibitors with 63,550 entries, record attendance of 32,878 at the Little Hands on the Farm interactive farm exhibit, a new Fair recycling record of 35 tons and thousands of Fairgoers attending concerts at the newly-relocated Budweiser Stage.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.

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Arizona Slips Past Mallards in Shootout PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 25 November 2013 09:58

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (November 22, 2013) – Jason Morgan- who also scored twice in regulation- and Johan Ryd- who delivered the game winner- both converted penalty shots as the host Arizona Sundogs slipped past the Quad City Mallards 3-2 in a shootout Friday night.

The Mallards, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit in regulation, did earn one point for the shootout setback. Only Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel buried a penalty shot for the Mallards.

Mike Stinziani scored the third period goal that, in the end, forced overtime and- after the Mallards were outshot 5-0 in the extra period and the Sundogs failed to capitalize on a sudden death power play- the shootout. The Mallards were on the power play when Stinziani scored from point blank range at 8:24 of the third.

The Mallard comeback had started when Matt Duffy's blast from the top of the right wing got Quad City on the scoreboard for the first time at 5:57 of the second period .

The Mallards found themselves in a hole after Morgan scored twice in just under two and a half minutes in the first period. Morgan poked in a rebound at 6:29 of the first before a ripping shorthanded goal from the left wing circle at 8:58.

The Mallards return to action tomorrow night in Arizona. The Mallards next play at home next Friday, November 29 at 7:05 p.m. against the St. Charles Chill. November 29 is also a $1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X. Fans can purchase hot dogs and beer for $1 at iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday night home games.

Tickets for next Friday's game and all other 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.

 
BANDITS ANNOUNCE FRONT-OFFICE ADDITIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:16
Team adds assistant general managers for baseball operations and special events

DAVENPORT, Iowa (NOV. 19, 2013) The Quad Cities River Bandits have made a pair of offseason acquisitions, as they announced on Tuesday their two new assistant general managers, whom the Midwest League club will have oversee the baseball operations of the franchise and the year-round special events at Modern Woodmen Park.

The front office team welcomes Travis Painter as the Assistant General Manager of Baseball Operations and Taylor Satterly as the Assistant General Manager of Special Events.

“We are very pleased to add two talented and experienced new members to our front office team,” said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “Travis brings diverse experiences in Minor League Baseball and is widely regarded as a rising star within the industry, and Taylor is the kind of outstanding home-grown talent we pride ourselves on hiring. She has proven skills, great experience and the kind of familiarity with the Quad Cities region that only a local could have. Together, they are going to take baseball and special events at Modern Woodmen Park to a whole new level!”


Painter joins the River Bandits from the Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos, Double-A affiliate of the Cincinatti Reds in the Southern League. A native of Luray, Va., and graduate of James Madison (Harrisonburg, Va.) University, Painter previously served as assistant general manager for the Potomac (Va.) Nationals, the advanced Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals in the Carolina League. He also helped start the Pensacola franchise and open its new stadium in his two-year stint with the Blue Wahoos. Painter will assist with the day-to-day operations of the club and help oversee many of the River Bandits front office departments.


“I am excited to be joining the River Bandits, and helping to take this already extraordinary team to the next level,” Painter said. “It’s been a great transition to the Quad Cities, and I look forward to jumping into my new role, and meeting lots of new people.”


Satterly comes to the River Bandits after eight years at the Stoney Creek Inn of Moline, Ill., most recently as the Assistant General Manager. A native of Henry County, Ill., Satterly graduated from Western Illinois University in the Quad Cities. She will lead the special events department at Modern Woodmen Park and will oversee all sales, planning, setup and cleanup of special events - including weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings, luncheons, holiday parties, fundraisers and many other year-round events.


"I would like to thank Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt for this opportunity to join such a great organization so committed to outstanding customer service,” Satterly said. “I am very excited to use my years of experience in the hospitality industry to help make Modern Woodmen Park the first choice for weddings, parties and all kinds of events here in the Quad Cities."


The River Bandits, the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, will open the 2014 Midwest League season at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday, April 3. A full schedule of home and road games for 2014 is available at www.riverbandits.com, and ticket plans for the 2014 season are now on sale.

UP NEXT: Lock in your season ticket plan – with new lower prices – for the 2014 season! A deposit of $25 per seat by December 31 enters you in a drawing for a free suite rental at an April 2014 home game. Call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com to download the season ticket order form. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest’s winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for this spring, along with a carousel, a new ride called a “Drop and Twist,” and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs – the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

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