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World's Toughest Rodeo Dirt Dump PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ashley Sturgell   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 13:56

What: 100 truckloads of dirt will be dumped on the floor of the iWireless Center tomorrow morning in preparation for this weekend's World's Toughest Rodeo!

Where: iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr. Moline, IL

 

When: Thursday, January 23

Its Bulls... It's Broncs and it's a whole lot more for 2014 as the World's Toughest Rodeo National Tour returns to Moline's iWireless Center January 24 and 25.  Fans definitely expect to see the world's best bucking horses and bulls and double tough cowboys with nerves of steel.  But right when you think you've seen it all...expect the unexpected as Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey comes to town to thrill the fans in a way only the famous Whiplash can in his first appearance at the iWireless Center.  Or cowboys and ostriches... who knew???  World's Toughest Rodeo turns up the heat with the all new ostrich races nightly.

The World's Toughest Rodeo features the fan's favorite events: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding with the top two competing a second time in the thrilling Winner Takes All...Showdown Round.  The Midwest's fastest cowgirls will also compete in the Women's Barrel Racing. Along with intense competition, fans will witness Mutton Bustin for the little buckaroos as well as world-class specialty entertainment making this an event guaranteed to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

The cement ends and the wild west begins each night as fans are invited to come down in the dirt on the arena floor for the Free Preshow. The Free Preshow is fun for all ages and a FANtastic opportunity to Go Out West for the Night.  Only at the World's Toughest Rodeo Preshow can fans meet the cowboys and entertainers,  get autographs and photos, have free pony rides, sit on Midnight the bull in the bucking chutes, and even get up close and personal with the World's Toughest Rodeo animal superstars as our staff  hosts a behind the chutes tour. It's cowboy tailgating right in the rodeo arena, more fun and FREE for all ages.

The World's Toughest Rodeo rides into the iWireless Center, January 24 and 25. The Free Pre-Show begins each night at 6:00pm and the action starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now online at www.ticketmaster.com or at the arena box office.

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QUAD CITY MALLARDS OFFER SEAHAWKS ALL PRO CORNERBACK RICHARD SHERMAN A NEW CHALLENGE ON ICE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:05

MOLINE, Ill. (January 21, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards of the Central Hockey League have offered Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who has proven himself “the best cornerback” in football and “ready for bigger and better things”, a new challenge - playing hockey for the Mallards.

Sherman’s deflection of a pass at the end of Sunday’s National Football Conference championship game against the San Francisco 49ers set up the Seahawks’ clinching interception and punched Seattle’s ticket to the Super Bowl.  In a live interview after the game Sherman declared himself “the best corner in the game” and in an interview that aired this morning on ESPN2’s First Take said that he was “ready for bigger and better things.”  Since he has reached the top in one sport, the Mallards would like to offer Sherman the opportunity to join the team on the ice and prove himself in another.

“Our roster has been depleted in recent days by a series of call-ups to the American Hockey League and we would be happy to give a world class athlete like Richard Sherman the opportunity to help us combat that roster shortage,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara.

The Mallards return to action Thursday night on the road against the Brampton Beast.  The Mallards next play on home ice Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  Should Sherman wish to stay with the Seahawks- despite having already shown himself to be the best in football- until the Super Bowl on February 2, the Mallards would be happy to welcome him in time for the team’s February 5 home game against the Allen Americans.

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 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 www.myqcmallards.com.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards.

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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: JANUARY 20, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 15:30
MOLINE, Ill. (January 19, 2014) – Defenseman Nicholas Rioux has returned to the Quad City Mallards from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, the Mallards announced today.

In five games with Iowa Rioux went without a point and recorded a plus/minus rating of +1.  The 27-year old native of Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, signed a professional tryout agreement with the Wild on January 6.  Rioux has scored twice and totaled 12 points while posting a plus/minus of +11 in 28 games with the Mallards this season.

THIS WEEK
Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m.

Powerade Center, Brampton
Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.
Powerade Center, Brampton
Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

Sunday, January 26, 1:00 p.m.

Powerade Center, Brampton
Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

LAST WEEKEND
Friday, January 17

Wichita 7 Quad City 1

 Quad City
16-9-7 (39 points)
6th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Brampton
19-16-3 (41 points)
5th place
Coach: Mark DeSantis

QUACK TRACKS
Last Week
The Mallards fell 7-1 to Wichita on the road last Friday.  Because of injury, illness and call-ups, the Mallards dressed just 14 skaters for what was their only outing in an 11-day stretch.

Skid

The Mallards have suffered back-to-back regulation losses and are winless (0-2-2) in their last four games.  The winless streak is the Mallards’ longest since they dropped four straight games between December 1 and December 9, 2012.  The Mallards last went more than four games without victory when they went 0-5-1 over six International Hockey League games between January 15 and January 24, 2010.

Tight
The Mallards have dropped to seventh place, one point behind the sixth place Tulsa Oilers, who have played eight more games than the Mallards.

Playing the Percentages
The Mallards, who have played fewer games (32) than any other CHL club, have the league’s fourth best winning percentage (.609).

Unlucky Seven
The Mallards last Friday gave up more goals than they have in any other game this season while also suffering their most lopsided defeat of the campaign.

Balance

While the Mallards rank in the top half of the league in goal scoring- fifth at 3.3 per game- no Mallard ranks in the top 25 in the CHL in point scoring.

On the Road
Last Friday’s loss ended the Mallards’ five game road winning streak.  That defeat was the Mallards’ first away from home since they suffered a 5-2 setback December 20 in Tulsa.

Trouble at Home

The Mallards have gone without a win (0-2-2) in their last four home games- their longest home winless streak this year.

Drought

The Mallards have scored just once in their last two games and have produced just three goals in their last three games.

Debuts
Forward Justin Fox and goaltender Nick Niedert both made their Mallard debuts last Friday night.  Fox, who was leading the Southern Professional Hockey League in point scoring (16-24-40) when he joined the Mallards last week, started the campaign with the Huntsville Havoc.  Niedert, who last week signed with the Mallards from the Federal Hockey League’s Danville Dashers for the second time this season, made eight saves and gave up two goals after replacing starter Ty Rimmer at the beginning of the third period last Friday.

Rolling
Gergo Nagy, who scored the Mallard goal last Friday, has 21 points (six goals and 15 assists) in his last 19 games.   

Leaders
Mike Hellyer is tied for third in game winning goals (5)…Among rookies, Thomas Frazee ranks fourth in points (23), is tied for fourth in assists (15) and is tied for sixth in goals (8)...Thomas Heemskerk ranks second in goals against average (2.45) and save percentage (.920)

Milestones
Jim McKenzie has recorded 98 career assists…Darren McMillan has played 498 career games and collected 97 career CHL assists…Vladimir Nikiforov has played 297 career games.

Special Teams
The Mallards rank last in the CHL in power play efficiency (10.7 percent).  The Mallards have failed to score on their last 19 power plays, converted just one of their last 32, cashed in only 2 of their last 48 and scored on just three of their last 72.  The Mallards, who now rank seventh in penalty killing (82.4 percent), have given up six goals on their opponents’ last 16 power plays over four games.  The Mallards rank third in the CHL in shorthanded goals (6).

Head to Head

The Mallards this week make their second and final trip to Brampton.  The Mallards, who have gone 5-1-2 against the Beast overall this season, swept three games at the Powerade Center in late December.  The Mallards and Beast will play the final two games of their 13-game season series at the iWireless Center February 28 and March 1.  Nagy (3-8-11) is the top point producer in the season series.

Ins and Outs
Defenseman Nicholas Rioux returned to the Mallards today after a five-game stint with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild...Last Wednesday not only brought the Mallards’ signing of Fox and Niedert but also saw Heemskerk sign a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks and forward Vladimir Nikiforov (upper body injury) go on seven day injured reserve retroactive to January 10…Nikiforov and defenseman Matt Duffy (illness) missed last Friday’s game, leaving the Mallards with just nine forwards and five defensemen for that contest.

NEXT HOME GAME
Friday, January 31, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X
January 31 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 the club’s games Thursday and Sunday in Brampton- 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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WICHITA ROLLS PAST UNDERMANNED MALLARDS 7-1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 20 January 2014 10:48
WICHITA, Kan. (January 17, 2014) –Jessed Dudas scored twice and added two assists while Jon Booras provided two goals and one assist as the host Wichita Thunder defeated the undermanned Quad City Mallards 7-1 Friday night.  The loss left the Mallards (16-9-7, 39 points) winless in their last four games (0-2-2) while the win was Wichita’s (13-17-4, 30 points) second in succession.

The Thunder scored the game’s first four goals and never looked back.  Wichita opened the scoring when Matt Summers converted Dudas’s centering pass at 5:48 of the first period.  Mike Wilson doubled the Wichita advantage by shoveling a rebound home at 11:00 of the first.

Booras scored his first goal from the side of the net just 53 seconds into the second period.  Dudas’s power play blue line blast stretched the gap to 4-0 at 10:31 of the second.  The Mallards got on the scoreboard just 50 seconds later when Gergo Nagy snapped in Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel’s centering pass but the Thunder would reestablish a four goal lead when Booras pounced on a rebound at the 17:07 mark.

Nick Niedert replaced Ty Rimmer in the Mallard goal as the start of the third period.  Niedert was beaten for the first time when Dudas scored his second goal- again on the power play- from the left wing circle midway through the third.  R.G. Flath’s fine solo rush capped off the Thunder win with just under six minutes remaining.

The Mallards dressed just 14 skaters Friday evening because of injury, illness and call-ups.  The latest Mallard to be sidelined was defenseman Matt Duffy, who missed the game after falling ill.

The Mallards return to action next Thursday on the road against the Brampton Beast.  The Mallards next play at home on Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  January 31 is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for the January 31 game 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.

The Mallards return to action next Thursday on the road against the Brampton Beast.  The Mallards next play at home on Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  January 31 is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for the January 31 game 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.

 
MALLARDS' HEEMSKERK TO AHL'S WORCESTER SHARKS; MALLARDS SIGN FOX, NIEDERT; NIKIFOROV PLACED ON IR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:40
MOLINE, Ill. (January 16, 2014) – Quad City Mallards goaltender Thomas Heemskerk has joined the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks on a professional tryout agreement while the Mallards have signed forward Justin Fox and goaltender Nick Niedert and placed forward Vladimir Nikiforv on seven-day injured reserve, the Mallards announced today.

Heemskerk, 23, ranks second in the Central Hockey League in goals against average (2.45) and save percentage (.920) and is tied for third in shutouts (2).  The 6’ 0”, 210-pound Chilliwack, British Columbia native has suffered just one regulation loss this season, going 9-1-4 in 15 games.  Heemskerk is unbeaten in regulation in his last five games, a stretch during which he has posted a 4-0-1 record, a 1.57 goals against average, a .944 save percentage and two shutouts.  Last week Heemskerk was named CHL Goaltender of the Week.

This is Heemskerk’s third AHL call-up this season.  The third year netminder joined the Iowa Wild for a pair of stints as a back-up earlier in the campaign.  Heemskerk is no stranger to Worcester, having seen action for the Sharks each of the last two seasons.  Over two games last year with the San Jose Sharks’ top affiliate, Heemskerk turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced in 67 minutes, turning in a 1.79 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.  In four games with Worcester in 2011-12, he went 0-1-0 with a 2.14 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.

Heemskerk spent the bulk of his first two seasons in the ECHL.  Last year he went 14-17-3 with a 3.10 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 38 games with the San Francisco Bulls.  Heemskerk began his professional career in 2011-12 with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, for whom he posted a record of 13-12-0 along with a 3.27 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in 25 games.

Heemskerk turned pro after four years in the major junior Western Hockey League. In his final WHL campaign, he finished second in the league in minutes (3,841), third in saves (2041) and fifth in wins (36) while recording a 2.94 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and a pair of shutouts in 65 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors.

The 2010-11 season was the second straight campaign during which Heemskerk landed among the league leaders. In 2009-10, while tending goal for the Everett Silvertips, he topped the Western League in save percentage (.927), finished third in goals against average (2.34) and was tied for seventh in shutouts (4) while going 24-12-4 in 42 games. Heemskerk’s efforts helped the Silvertips earn a share of the United States Division title. Heemskerk joined Everett midway through the 2008-09 season after spending his first year and a half in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice.

Fox joins the Mallards from the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Huntsville Havoc.  The 26-year old Whitby, Ontario, native leads the SPHL in points (40), is tied for the league lead in assists (24) and is tied for fourth in goals (16).  Tuesday Fox was named SPHL Player of the Week after piling up three goals and three assists in two games last weekend.

The 6’ 0”, 190-pound Fox split last season between Huntsville and the CHL’s Tulsa Oilers.  Fox scored twice and totaled 11 points in 23 games with Tulsa.  He recorded ten goals and 21 points in 24 SPHL regular season games and produced three goals and four assists in eight playoff games while helping the Havoc to the SPHL finals.  As a rookie in 2011-12, Fox notched 22 goals and totaled 46 points in 52 games for Huntsville.

Before arriving in Huntsville, Fox played four seasons of college hockey- two for Salem State College and, after transferring, two for the State University of New York-Oswego.  He registered 58 goals and 153 points in 104 career collegiate games.  In 2009-10 and 2010-11 he helped propel Oswego to both the State University of New York Athletic Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division III Frozen Four.

Niedert rejoins the Mallards from the Danville Dashers of the Federal Hockey League.  The 31-year old served as backup goaltender in three games for the Mallards last month before returning to Danville.  The 5’ 8”, 185-pound product of Hudson, Iowa, has gone 3-9-1 with a 5.05 goals against average and a .874 save percentage in 13 games with the Dashers this season and also tended goal in one ECHL game for the Utah Grizzlies.

Niedert played for five teams in four leagues last season- the Gwinnett Gladiators and Reading Royals of the ECHL, the Bloomington Blaze of the CHL, the August RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Danbury Whalers of the FHL.  Over the course of his nine-year career, Niedert has played for 22 teams in nine different leagues after competing for five teams over three seasons of junior hockey.  He first wore the Mallards’ colors during the club’s 2011 training camp.

Nikiforov, who has scored six goals and totaled 20 points in 31 games, has been sidelined by an upper body injury.

The Mallards return to action tomorrow night against the Thunder in Wichita.  The Mallards next play at home on Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  January 31 is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for the January 31 game 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.

 
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