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Rimmer, Mallards Shut Down Brampton 3-0 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 27 January 2014 09:45

BRAMPTON, Ontario (January 24, 2014) – Ty Rimmer made 35 saves on the way to his second shutout and Thomas Frazee scored one goal and assisted on another as the Quad City Mallards blanked the host Brampton Beast 3-0 Friday night.  With the victory- the Mallards’ second in as many nights over the same opposition- Quad City (18-9-7, 43 points) improved to 5-0-0 in Brampton this season and moved into a fifth place tie with the Beast (20-18-3, 43 points).

The Mallards were on the power play when Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel’s blast from the right point opened the scoring at 6:02 of the first period.

Mike Stinziani doubled the Mallard advantage just eight seconds into the second period by swooping into the goalmouth to sweep the puck home.

Frazee crashed the net to snuff out any remaining Brampton comeback hopes at 11:04 of the third period.  

  

Rimmer was at his spectacular best in the third, turning aside 22 shots in the final frame.

Also tonight, Mallard captain Darren McMillan played his five hundredth career game.  The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native has scored 35 goals, picked up 148 assists and totaled 183 points over nine professional seasons.  McMillan has played 241 games for the Mallards over the last five seasons. 

The Mallards and Beast meet again Sunday in Brampton.  The Mallards next play at home next Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  Next Friday 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 next Friday night’s 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 from10:00 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.

 
SEVEN BANDITS ALUMNI AMONG TOP 100 MLB PROSPECTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 24 January 2014 15:31

In 2013, Quad Cities had four of the top 52 prospects, matching the most of any team in Minor League Baseball

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JAN. 24, 2014) In the last three seasons at Modern Woodmen Park, the Quad Cities River Bandits have twice achieved the highest team honor as Midwest League Champions, and soon the brightest stars of the franchise's last three years may be shining on major league diamonds.

Seven River Bandits of the last three seasons are among the top 100 prospects in all of baseball, according to rankings by MLB.com announced Thursday night. Among the top 52 prospects are four players from the 2013 River Bandits squad, which matched the most of any team in Minor League Baseball last season. No other Midwest League team had more than one of the top 63 prospects play on its roster during the 2013 season.

Among other notes, 2013 All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa was the only one of the top 22 baseball prospects to spend the entire season on one minor league club's roster. Correa and 2013 All-Star pitcher Lance McCullers were the only top-100 prospects to spend the entire season as teammates on a Midwest League club's roster.

In their first year of a new affiliation with the Houston Astros, the River Bandits became the first Minor League Baseball club in history to have back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks on the same team, as 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel appeared together in the Quad Cities. Earlier this week, Correa and Appel were among five 2013 River Bandits to be ranked among the top seven prospects in the Houston Astros organization by Baseball America.

Below are the Quad Cities alumni among the top 100 prospects, according to MLB.com:

Oscar Taveras, No. 3 MLB prospect, No. 2 outfield prospect, No. 1 St. Louis Cardinals prospect

As a 19-year-old in 2011, Taveras won the Midwest League batting title by hitting for a .386 average in 78 games with the River Bandits. The native of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, was a key piece of the first Quad Cities team in 21 years to win a Midwest League Championship that fall. In 2012, Taveras won another championship and was the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year at Double-A Springfield. Injuries limited Taveras to 47 games – all but one at Triple-A Memphis – in 2013.

Carlos Correa, No. 8 MLB prospect, No. 3 shortstop prospect, No. 1 Houston Astros prospect

At 18 years old, the Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, native led all Houston Astros full-season minor leaguers with a .320 batting average and was the youngest player on the Midwest League Postseason All-Star team in 2013. Correa was also the youngest player in the Midwest League All-Star Game and SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in New York, where he was the first-ever River Bandits position player to appear while on the Quad Cities roster. He led the Midwest League with a .872 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS).

Mark Appel, No. 17 MLB prospect, No. 6 right-handed pitcher prospect, No. 2 Houston Astros prospect

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft made his Class-A debut with the River Bandits July 14 and made his final eight starts of his first professional season with Quad Cities. The Stanford University graduate earned his first three professional wins in a River Bandits uniform, including the playoff-clinching game Aug. 25. The Astros' top pitching prospect remained with the team for its playoff run to the sixth Midwest League Championship in franchise history.

Jonathan Singleton, No. 50 MLB prospect, No. 1 first base prospect, No. 4 Houston Astros prospect

Singleton started his 2013 season with the River Bandits May 28 and homered in each of his first three games. After his first six games with Quad Cities, he was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi, where the Lakewood, Calif., native played 11 games before being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City for the entire second half of the season. Singleton is now on the Houston Astros 40-man roster entering spring training.

Lance McCullers, No. 52 MLB prospect, No. 5 Houston Astros prospect

The Astros' top pitching prospect entering the 2013 season and the team's first supplemental round pick of 2012 pitched his first full season with the River Bandits. At 19 years old, the Tampa, Fla., native was the starting pitcher for the Western Division in the Midwest League All-Star Game and earned his first six professional victories with Quad Cities. McCullers was third in the league with a 2.08 ERA in the first half, and he finished the year with 117 strikeouts, good for fifth in the Midwest League.

Kolten Wong, No. 58 MLB prospect, No. 1 second base prospect, No. 2 St. Louis Cardinals prospect

The Cardinals' first-round pick in 2011, Wong made his professional debut and played his first season with the River Bandits. In 47 games, he hit for a .335 average. The Hilo, Hawaii, native earned his first of two consecutive minor league championships with Quad Cities, which went 7-0 in the postseason in 2011. Wong advanced to Double-A Springfield in 2012 and Triple-A Memphis in 2013, before making his major league debut with St. Louis Aug. 16 and was part of the Cardinals' roster that reached the 2013 World Series.

Stephen Piscotty, No. 98 MLB prospect, No. 3 St. Louis Cardinals prospect

Selected in the first supplemental round of the 2012 draft by St. Louis, Piscotty played his first professional season with the River Bandits. In 55 games, the Stanford University product hit for a .295 average and assembled a 16-game hitting streak that was tied for fourth-longest in the Midwest League in 2012. He switched from third base to the outfield in 2013, when he hit .295 in 112 games for Class-A advanced Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield.

The River Bandits 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: Call today to reserve a Valentine's Day dinner at Modern Woodmen Park for Friday, Feb. 14, orSaturday, Feb. 15. Couples can enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner in a private luxury suite or take in the spectacular views of the ballpark, Centennial Bridge, Mississippi River and downtown Davenport from a table in the glass-enclosed, climate-controlled Sky Deck. Reservations are due Thursday, Feb. 6, by calling 563-324-3000. To order ticket plans - with new lower prices - for next season, 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.

 
Experience the thrill of an Olympic Alpine Slalom Course PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park   
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:27
WHAT: Modified Giant Slalom Format Course
WHEN: Monday Evenings
RACE TIME: 6:30PM - 7:30PM
COST: $5.00 per person (Pre-pay in the Welcome Center)
Run the course as many times as time permits. Results will be posted in the Lower Lodge Level

The Final Night of Races Will Include SPECIAL SURPRISES (don't miss out).

A downhill snow race course is an alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding discipline, involving moving quickly between poles (gates) spaced at certain distances. A Slalom course is much closer together than in Giant Slalom, Super-G or Downhill, thereby causing quicker and shorter turns. Our course is a combination of a Slalom and Giant Slalom (GS) setup known as a modified GS Format.

No previous experience necessary!

(All Proceeds Support the Snowstar Youth Race Team)

 
Mallards Top Brampton 4-1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:17

BRAMPTON, Ontario (January 23, 2014) – Gergo Nagy scored two goals and added an assist and Ty Rimmer made 34 saves as the Quad City Mallards defeated the host Brampton Beast 4-1 Thursdaynight.  With the victory, the Mallards (17-9-7, 41 points) snapped a four game winless streak and moved into a sixth place tie with the Tulsa Oilers

After Quad City’s Jeff Lee broke a scoreless deadlock from the doorstep 11 minutes into the second period, Nagy would lead the charge as the Mallards took control in the third period.  Matt Boyd roofed Nagy’s centering feed to double the Mallard lead at 4:54 of the third.  At 13:21 Nagy stretched the gap to 3-0 with a blast from the slot.  Rob Collins’s wrist shot from the top of the left wing circle cut the margin to 3-1 and spoiled Rimmer’s shutout bid with 2:07 remaining but Nagy would cap off the Mallard victory by scoring an empty net goal with just 65 seconds left

Vladimir Nikiforov returned to the Mallards’ line-up Thursday night after coming off injured reserve earlier in the week.

The Mallards and Beast meet again tomorrow night in Brampton.  The Mallards next play at home onFriday, 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.

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 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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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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