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PLESKACH, OILERS DOWN MALLARDS 5-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 23 December 2013 13:15

TULSA, Okla. (December 20, 2013) – Adam Pleskach's natural hat trick propelled the host Tulsa Oilers to a 5-2 win over the Quad City Mallards Friday night.

Pleskach snapped a 1-1 deadlock with a point blank power play goal at 6:50 of the second period. He then doubled the Tulsa advantage from the left wing circle with just 14 seconds left in the second. At 2:17 of the the third period Pleskach roofed his third goal of the evening from the slot to widen the gap to 4-1.

The Mallards cut the gap to 4-2 with Darren McMillan's one timer at 10:59 of the third period, but Michel Beausoleil would cap off the Oiler win with by scoring an empty net goal with just 56 seconds remaining.

The Oilers started the evening nearly as well as they finished it. Tulsa took a 1-0 lead just over seven minutes into the game when Kyle Bochek pounced on the rebound after Mallard goaltender Ty Rimmer stopped Bochek's initial bid. Gabriel Levesque tied the score just a minute and sixteen seconds later by cutting across the goalmouth to bury a feed from Gergo Nagy, but the Mallards would have little cheer about thereafter.

The Mallards next play at home tomorrow evening at 7:05 p.m. against the St. Charles Chill. The first 1,000 fans through the doors for tomorrow night's game will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and the Bier Stube.

Tickets for tomorrow night's 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 approaching 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.

 
Iowa PF/QF State Council Invites you to its 2014 State Convention Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pheasants Forever   
Friday, 20 December 2013 09:05

High school shooting teams attending will each receive $10,000 endowment

Iowa Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) invites members, chapters and Iowa’s outdoor community to join the PF Iowa State Council on January 31 through February 1 to celebrate habitat achievements and discuss new ways to positively affect upland game across the state at its annual habitat convention. To register, click here.

“We have an incredible agenda for the 2014 Iowa Pheasants Forever State Convention,” says Jared Wiklund, Pheasants Forever’s Southern Iowa regional representative. “Not only do we have a strong lineup of outdoor vendors and habitat seminars for Iowa’s outdoor enthusiasts, but this year, we have incorporated a major youth component into the convention.”

Friday: Outdoorsman’s Social – Taking place Friday evening, this social will include a large selection of outdoor vendors and artists. For those looking for a new firearm, there will be gun raffles taking place throughout the night.

Saturday: Habitat Summit - In addition to pheasants and quail, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about water resources and fish habitat, as well as, forest and edge habitat for turkey, deer and non-game species.

Have a wildlife habitat question and not sure where to go with it? Look no further. Bring your specific questions or problems to the "Habitat Help Desk" at the meeting to consult with a trained Pheasants Forever farm bill wildlife biologist. Some seminars taking place include:

  • Establishing Upland Cover: Keys to Habitat Layout and Design – Jared Elbert, Pheasants Forever farm bill wildlife biologist
  • Pheasant Plan and WMA Enhancements – Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Shrub Thicket Management for Pheasants and Quail
  • By The Numbers: Upland Game and Predator Population Dynamics – Dr. Bill Clark, Iowa State University
  • Who Are We and What We Do – Pheasants Forever Iowa State Council

Saturday Evening: Iowa Pheasants Forever State Banquet – At the state’s largest Pheasants Forever banquet of the year, attendees will have the opportunity to take home many unique items from the live/silent auctions and win new firearms during the night’s many gun raffles. Additionally, the Iowa Pheasants Forever State Council will present its annual awards for habitat accomplishments.

High school trap teams from across the state will be visiting the convention this year to learn more about shooting sports in the state of Iowa. Through a unique 1:1 matching donation, teams will receive a $10,000 endowment funds which support their local trap teams; all of this was made possible by support from the Iowa Pheasants Forever State Council and the organization’s major partner for youth programs, the MidwayUSA Foundation.

Purchase your tickets for the 2014 Iowa Pheasants Forever State Convention

For more information on Iowa Pheasants Forever 2014 State Convention, please contact Jared Wiklund at (515) 423-4747 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For all other inquiries, please contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s public relations specialist, at (651) 209-4973 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 745 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

 

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Quad City Mallards News and Notes December 19th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:18

Mallards Fall to Chill 3-2

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (December 18, 2013) – Ryan Berard, Martin Hlinka and Kyle O'Kane scored for the host St. Charles Chill and Robert Moss made 36 saves as the Chill defeated the Quad City Mallards 3-2 Wednesday night.

The Chill ripped off three straight goals after Matt Boyd swooped in on goal to bury Gergo Nagy's centering pass and give the Mallards a 1-0 lead just two minutes and 19 seconds into the game. Berard evened the score at one by rifling the puck in under the crossbar from the slot exactly nine minutes later.

Hlinka tipped in a Steve Makway blast to give the Chill a 2-1 lead at 3:38 of the second period. O'Kane scored the third consecutive Chill goal- and what would prove to be the game winner- on the power play from the slot at 14:34 of the second.

Thomas Frazee sparked Mallard comeback hopes with a shorthanded goal from the right wing circle with just over four minutes left in the third period, but Moss and the Chill held off the Mallards the rest of the way, even after Quad City pulled goaltender Ty Rimmer for an extra skater late in the contest.

The Mallards return to action Friday night in Tulsa against the Oilers. The Mallards next play at home Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. against the Chill. The first 1,000 fans through the doors for that game will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and the Bier Stube.

Tickets for Saturday's 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.


One Day Only: Save Big on Mallards Tickets with $100 Ten-Packs on December 26

MOLINE, Ill. (December 17, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards will offer fans the chance to purchase ten-packs of tickets for just $100- a savings of up to $70- for one day only on Thursday, December 26, the Mallards announced today.

Fans who take advantage of this special post-Christmas offer can purchase 10-packs for any seat (except for those on the glass) for this significantly reduced rate and use their 10-pack tickets for any regular season home game- whether those tickets are used for ten different games, all for the same game or anything in between- subject to availability.

The deeply discounted ten-packs will be available exclusively at the Mallards' business office at the iWireless Center or over the phone by calling 309-277-1364 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 26.

The discounted ten-packs will enable fans to take in any of a series of attractive post-Christmas Mallards home dates. The Mallards will take the ice at the iWireless Center five times in January, eight times in February and on eight occasions in March. The Flock will play a total of 14 weekend home games over the final three months of the regular season.

Heemskerk Called Up to AHL's Iowa Wild; Meadows Signed

MOLINE, Ill. (December 18, 2013) – Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk has joined the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild on a professional tryout agreement from the Quad City Mallards and the Mallards have signed goaltender Mike Meadows, the Mallards announced today.

Heemskerk, 23, has gone 5-1-3 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in ten games with the Mallards this season. This is Heemskerk's second call-up to Iowa this season. The Chilliwack, British Columbia, native served as back-up in two games for the Wild last month.

The 6’ 0”, 200-pound, Heemskerk went 14-17-3 with a 3.10 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 38 games with the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls last season. Heemskirk also played in a pair of games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL last year. Heemskerk gave up just two goals while making 27 saves to post a 1.79 goals against average and a .931 save percentage during that AHL stint.

Heemskerk began his professional career in 2011-12 with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, for whom he turned in a record of 13-12-0 along with a 3.27 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in 25 games. He also saw AHL action for Worcester as a rookie, taking the ice in four games and registering a 2.14 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.

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.

Meadows, 20, joins the Mallards after most recently playing for the Quad City Junior Flames in 2011-12 when the 5' 9”, 180-pound goaltender posted a 3.39 goals against average and a .904 save percentage in 37 North American 3 Hockey League games.

The Mallards return to action tonight against the Chill in St. Charles. The Mallards next play at home Saturday 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 the Bier Stube.

Tickets for Saturday's 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 approaching 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.


 
MALLARDS GIVE AWAY KNIT CAPS SATURDAY NIGHT COURTESY OF CBS 4 AND BIER STUBE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:59

Do Your Worst for Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest

 

MOLINE, Ill. (December 17, 2013) – When the Quad City Mallards return to action on home ice this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against the St. Charles Chill, the first 1,000 fans through the doors of the iWireless Center will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and the Bier Stube  Saturday night will also see the the Mallards join the spirit of the season by holding an ugly holiday sweater contest.

The knit cap giveaway will help Mallards fans combat the winter cold while the ugly sweater contest will no doubt warm the hearts of even the biggest of Grinches. Fans donning their most charmingly hideous holiday sweaters Saturday night will have the chance to win four glass seats to an upcoming game!

Contestants can enter the contest by stopping by the Drake Club to have their sweater judged at any point beginning ten minutes before the game up until seven minutes are left in the first period. The Drake Club is adjacent to section 116. Not only will the winner receive four seats on the glass to the Mallards' home game of their choice, but, in addition, all entrants will receive a $10 ticket voucher good toward the purchase of tickets to any future Mallards home game.

Tickets for Saturday night's game 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.

CBS 4 is committed to delivering the most accurate and comprehensive look at the day's news weekedays from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., at 5:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m., Saturday at 6:00 p.m., Sunday at 5:00 p.m. and every night during Ten at 10:00.

The Bier Stube is a German American Bar and Grill “where everyone can get a little German in them.” Conveniently located just blocks from the iWireless Center at 415 15th Street in Moline, the Bier Stube is a perfect place to stop for refreshment on the way to or from a Mallards home game.

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.

 
QC MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:32

THIS WEEK 
Wednesday, December 18, 7:05 p.m.
Family Arena, St. Charles
Quad City Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill

Friday, December 20, 7:35 p.m.
BOK Center, Tulsa
Quad City Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers

Saturday, December 21, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
St. Charles Chill vs. Quad City Mallards

Sunday, December 22, 4:05 p.m.
Family Arena, St. Charles
Quad City Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill

LAST WEEK
Friday, December 13
Quad City 2 Rapid City 0

Saturday, December 14
Rapid City 5 Quad City 1


Quad City
10-3-5 (23 points)
7th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

St. Charles
6-13-4 (16 points)
10th place
Coach: Jamie Rivers

Tulsa
14-11-2 (30 points)
3rd place
Coach: Bruce Ramsay

QUACK TRACKS
Last Weekend
Ty Rimmer made 48 saves on the way to his first career shutout last Friday in Rapid City but the Mallards had to settle for a weekend split with the Rush after last Saturday's loss ended their ten-game (6-0-4) regulation unbeaten streak.

Streak Snapped
Last Saturday's regulation loss was the Mallards' first since a 3-0 defeat in Denver on November 15. Their ten-game regulation unbeaten streak was the Mallards' longest since they went 10-0-1 between March 19 and April 10, 2004.

Upswing
Even in the wake of last Saturday's setback the Mallards' recent record remains impressive. The Flock has gone 5-1-1 in its last seven games 8-2-3 in its last 13 outings.

Playing the Percentages
The Mallards find themselves in seventh place despite boasting the league's third best winning percentage (.658) because they have played fewer games (19) than any other CHL club.

Holiday Rush
Wednesday night's game is the first of four in five nights for the Mallards. Over the weekend the Mallards will play three games in three cities in 48 hours.

On the Road
The Mallards are two games into a stretch that sees them play four straight road games and eight of nine away. After last weekend's split, the Mallards' remain at .500 (2-2-4) on the road.

Home Sweet Home
The Mallards will enter this Saturday's match-up with the St. Charles Chill at the iWireless Center riding a seven game home regulation unbeaten streak (6-0-1).

Goals, Goals, Goals
Though they scored a total of just three times in their two games last weekend, the Mallards remain the league leaders in goals per game (3.8). The Mallards last Friday scored the fewest goals (2) they have produced in a regulation win this season.

Busy
Rimmer set a league season high for saves (48) while posting his first career shutout last Friday. He also made more saves in a single game than any Mallard goaltender has since Kyle Jones rang up 52 saves on February 27, 2010 in a 3-2 International Hockey League loss to the Gems in Dayton.

Blanked
Last Friday's shutout was the Mallards' first since John Murray made 35 saves in a 6-0 stonewalling of the Missouri Mavericks at the iWireless Center on March 17 of last season. The shutout was rookie Rimmer's first since he made 37 saves for the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a 4-0 Western Hockey League whitewashing of the host Swift Current Broncos on October 25, 2012. That blanking was the tenth shutout of Rimmer's four year junior career.

One-Sided
Last Saturday's loss was the most lop-sided of the Mallards' four regulation defeats this season. The Mallards' largest margin of defeat before last Friday was three goals in their 3-0 loss to the Cutthroats on November 15.

Streaking,
Gergo Nagy's five game point scoring streak (3-6-9) ended last Saturday. Jim McKenzie has recorded eight points (four goals and four assists) in his last seven games while Matt Boyd has collected eight points (two goals and six assists) in his last eight.

Nothing Lasts Forever
Thomas Heemskerk last Saturday suffered his first regulation loss of the season (5-1-3).

Leaders
Among rookies, Thomas Frazee is tied for second in assists (12), ranks fourth in points (17) and is tied for eighth in goals (5)...Rimmer ranks seventh in save percentage (.910) and is tied for eighth in goals against average (2.85)...Heemskerk ranks eighth in save percentage (.909).

Milestones
Darren McMillan has collected 96 career CHL assists...Matt Boyd has played 195 career games.

Special Teams
The Mallards rank ninth in the CHL in power play efficiency (14.6 percent) and have converted just one of their last 22 man advantages. The Mallards rank fourth in penalty killing (84.3 percent) and are tied for third in shorthanded goals (4).

Head to Head
The Mallards will meet the Chill three times in five days beginning Wednesday night. Quad City has started the 14-game season series well, going 3-0-1 in its first four match-ups with St. Charles. The Mallards have gone 3-0-0 at home against the Chill and dropped a 6-5 shootout decision in their only previous visit to Family Arena...The Mallards opened their four-game season series with Tulsa by slamming the Oilers 9-3 on November 30. All-time the Mallards have gone 7-5-0 against the Oilers and have posted a 2-2-0 record at the BOK Center.

Ins and Outs
Rimmer returned to the Mallards from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Blazers last Tuesday...Goaltender Nick Niedert was waived last Wednesday.

NEXT HOME GAME
Saturday, December 21, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill
Mallards Knit Cap Giveaway
The first 1,000 fans through the doors Saturday night will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and Bierstube.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest
Wear your most charmingly hideous holiday sweater to Saturday night's game for the chance to win four glass seats to an upcoming game! Contestants can enter by stopping by the Drake Club to have their sweater judged at any point beginning ten minutes before the game up until seven minutes are left in the first period. The Drake Club is located adjacent to section 116. Not only will the winner receive four seats on the glass to the Mallards' home game of their choice, but, in addition, all entrants will receive a $10-off voucher toward the purchase of tickets to any future Mallards home game.

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 Mallards' games this Saturday night and Sunday- 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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