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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:07

MOLINE, Ill. (April 29, 2014) – Six different Allen Americans scored and 12 different players provided at least one point for the host Americans, who struck for three power play goals and got 32 saves from Bryan Pitton Tuesday night on the way to a 6-1 win over the Quad City Mallards that evens the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-finals at three games apiece and forces a seventh and deciding game tomorrow evening in Allen.

The Americans’ Spencerk Asuchak wristed home the opening goal from the slot at 5:20 of the first period.  Allen was on the power play when Bruce Graham’s tip-in doubled the Allen lead at 15:05 of the first.

The Americans tightened their grip by scoring twice in 11 seconds late in the in the second period.  Tyler Ludwig’s power play blue line blast stretched the gap to 3-0 at the 18 minute mark of the second.  Moments later Jonathan Lessard’s close range goal brought about the replacement of Mallard starting goaltender Thomas Heemskerk by Ty Rimmer.

It was the Mallards who were up a man when Mike Monfredo scored what proved to be the only Quad City goal from the top of the left wing circle at 4:28 of the third period.  The Americans would respond with two more goals later in the third.  Greger Hanson converted a 5-on-3 Allen advantage from the side of the net at 16:25.  Brian McMillan capped off the Americans’ win by burying a rebound with just a minutes and 38 seconds remaining.

The winner of tomorrow night’s game will advance to face the Denver Cutthroats in the CHL President’s Cup finals.

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:23

Friday’s, Lodge to Host Watch Parties Wednesday Night

If Semi-Finals Go to Seventh Game

MOLINE, Ill. (April 28, 2014) – Quad City Mallards playoff watch parties return to T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline and the Lodge in Bettendorf tonight at 7:05 p.m. when the Mallards travel to Texas to meet the Allen Americans in game six of the Central Hockey League semi-finals and, if a seventh and deciding game is necessary, Wednesday evening at 7:05 p.m.

Fans are invited to watch all the action of tonight’s pivotal contest in the company of their fellow Mallards supporters at either watch party location. T.G.I. Friday’s is located at 1425 River Drive in Moline, adjacent to the iWireless Center.  Fans who prefer to watch the Mallards in Iowa can enjoy the playoff action in the lounge of the Lodge Hotel and Conference Center, which is located at 900 Spruce Hills Drive in Bettendorf.  T.G.I. Friday’s will offer half price appetizers to Mallards fans during the watch party.  Fans who flock to the Lodge can join the watch parties for just a $3 cover charge and enjoy $1.50 drafts and hot dogs.

The Mallards, who lead the best-of-seven series three games to two, are one win away from advancing to the CHL finals and a match-up with the Denver Cutthroats.  Should they overcome the Americans, the Mallards will play for a league championship for the first time since reaching the United Hockey League finals in 2003.

An Americans victory tonight would bring a seventh and deciding game in Allen and another chance for fans to take in all the action at either Friday’s or the Lodge Wednesday evening.

For more information on the playoff watch parties, feel free to contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 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  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:47
Moline native makes history, then earns league honor with nine hits, two-homer game, eight RBIs
DAVENPORT, Iowa. (April 28, 2014) – Moline, Ill., native Thomas Lindauer's historic first week with his hometown's Quad Cities River Bandits gained more recognition Monday, as the shortstop was named the Midwest League Player of the Week for April 21-27. Making his debut last Monday, April 21, Lindauer had nine hits and eight RBIs in his first six games, which included a two-homer, five-RBI game Tuesday in Clinton.
Before making his home debut at Modern Woodmen Park, the 22-year-old Lindauer has become the first River Bandit to win Midwest League Player of the Week since Anthony Garcia won the honor June 18-24, 2012. It was the first weekly honor for any River Bandit since Boone Whiting won Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 20-26, 2012.
On April 21, Lindauer was transferred from Extended Spring Training to become the first-ever Quad Cities-native position player to appear for the Quad Cities Midwest League club. He is also the first metro Quad Cities native in 26 years to play for the franchise. The last was pitcher Mike Butcher, who pitched four major league seasons (1992-1995) with the California Angels and is the current eighth-year pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels.
In his Midwest League debut April 21, Lindauer had two hits, including a double, in a 7-6 loss at Clinton. On Tuesday, April 22, the Moline High School graduate and former University of Illinois shortstop homered in each of his first two at-bats and finished 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs in the 11-2 win at Clinton. It marked the first two-homer game and five-RBI performance by a 2014 River Bandit. Lindauer finished the week with a 2-for-4, three-RBI game in a 15-3 win over Peoria Sunday. He had a hit in five of the first six games, of which he started every one at shortstop.
The Houston Astros' 23rd-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Illinois, Lindauer played 51 games between short-season Class-A Tri-City and rookie-level Greeneville last season.
Lindauer carries a .346 batting average and .654 slugging percentage into the River Bandits' five-game, four-day homestand.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:36
Quad Cities and Clinton will play consecutive doubleheaders at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Thursday
DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 29, 2014) – Tuesday's doubleheader between the Quad Cities River Bandits and Clinton LumberKings at Modern Woodmen Park will not be played due to unplayable wet field conditions. The teams will play consecutive doubleheaders, both beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Individual tickets for Tuesday's game may be exchanged at the box office for any remaining 2014 home game.
With three postponements since last Thursday, Quad Cities (10-12) and Clinton (9-12) are scheduled to play a pair of seven-inning games both Wednesday and Thursday at Modern Woodmen Park. Gates will open at 5 p.m. each night, with Game 1 starting at 6 p.m. both evenings. The doubleheaders are scheduled to be the fourth and fifth of the season for the River Bandits, and the second and third of the season for the LumberKings.
For Wednesday's doubleheader, the River Bandits have left-hander Kent Emanuel (0-1) scheduled to start Game 1 and right-hander Jandel Gustave (1-2) scheduled to start Game 2.
UP NEXT: Superhero Night and Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix96 are set for the 6 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday. Gates open at 5 p.m., and fans wearing superhero shirts receive $1 off any ticket, while any fan wearing a superhero costume can purchase buy-one-get-one free tickets! Two unpaid bills will be selected from a drawing and paid up to $100 by the River Bandits. Tickets are available at To order any of the ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. 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.

Iowa State Fair Entries Available Online Beginning May 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 28 April 2014 15:20

DES MOINES, IA (04/28/2014)(readMedia)-- Premium books and entry forms for competitive events at the 2014 Iowa State Fair will be available at beginning Thursday, May 1. The "Amazingly Amusing" Iowa State Fair will run August 7-17.

Premium books and entry forms can be accessed at Entrants in competitive events may enter online or may submit their entry by mail. While most entries are due July 1, deadlines do vary by department. Check for specific deadlines. Fine arts and photography entrants in particular should note that their deadline is earlier than most other divisions as materials must be submitted by June 14 and 15, respectively.

The Iowa State Fair accepts entries in a variety of categories, including the largest Food Department of any state fair, the state's largest art show, one of the largest livestock shows in the world and Iowa's finest exhibits of agricultural commodities.

For more information regarding entry deadlines, competitions or the online entry system, contact the Competitive Events Department at 515/262-3111 ext. 207.

"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. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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