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MALLARDS PLAYOFF HOCKEY RETURNS TO IWIRELESS CENTER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:38

$1 Dogs/$1 Beer Friday, Outdoor Pre-Game Party Saturday

 

Mallards Kick Off Three Games in Four Nights Tomorrow with $2 Tickets, Rally Towel Giveaway

 

MOLINE, Ill. (April 8, 2014) – The Return of $1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X and an outdoor pre-game party Saturday night highlight a week that will see the Quad City Mallards hit the ice for three playoff games in four nights at the iWireless Center.

The Mallards tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. play their first home postseason game of 2014.  The Mallards will meet the Rapid City Rush in game three of the best-of-seven opening round of the Central Hockey League President’s Cup playoffs having split the first two games of the series last weekend in Rapid City.  All tickets to tomorrow night’s game other than glass seats are available for just $2.  In addition, the first 3,000 fans through the doors for tomorrow night’s game will receive free Mallards playoff rally towels.

Friday evening brings not only game four between the Mallards and Rush but also the return of the Mallards’ popular $1 Dog/$1 Dollar Beer Night presented by 97X.  While Friday’s contest will face off at 7:05 p.m., iWireless Center doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and $1 beers will be available at arena concession stands from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  $1 hot dogs will be available throughout the game.

The Mallards have also partnered with Metro, which provides earlier service on the Route 59 between Augustana College and downtown Moline during Friday home games.  The Route 59 will make one trip from campus to downtown Moline prior to the game (arriving at 5th Avenue and 15th Street at 6:30 p.m.) and will resume service from downtown to campus every 30 minutes from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  Regular Metro fares are just $1 one-way or $2 round-trip.  As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.  Visit www.gogreenmetro.com or www.facebook.com/53and59 for more information.

The Mallards and Rush will meet again for game five Saturday evening, and once more the festivities at the iWireless Center will kick off well before the 7:05 p.m. faceoff.  Fans are invited to join the fun at the outdoor pregame party beginning at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.  Not only will the pregame party feature a beer garden, music and 97X broadcasting live outside the iWireless Center but fans will also have the chance to meet and get autographs from former Mallard greats Kerry Toporowski, Steve Gibson, Carl LeBlanc and Andy Fermoyle.  Tickets for Friday and Saturday night’s games are available for $7, $10 and $25.

Mallards playoff tickets can be purchased at the iWireless Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.

 

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.net.  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 Return Home for Game Three Wednesday; Tickets Just $2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:47

Mallards Host Game Four Friday, Game Five Saturday

 

MOLINE, Ill. (April 7, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards return home for game three of their best-of-seven opening round playoff series against the Rapid City Rush Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. and tickets for that contest are available for just $2.

The Mallards will take the ice at the iWireless Center for game three having split the first two games of the best-of-seven series last weekend in Rapid City.  All tickets other than glass seats for Wednesday’s game can be had for $2.

Wednesday’s contest is the first of three home playoff games for the Mallards this week.  Mallards will also host game four Friday night and game five Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets for games four and five are $7, $10 and $25.

Mallards playoff tickets can be purchased at the iWireless Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.

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.net.  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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BANDITS OUTRUN COUGARS, 7-3, TO SPLIT SERIES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:10
Quad Cities steals six bases for first time since 2008; bullpen works 5 2/3 shutout innings

DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 6, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits second baseman Austin “Catfish” Elkins hit a game-tying double and scored the go-ahead run on center fielder Brett Phillips two-run single in a five-run sixth inning that lifted the home team to a 7-3 victory and opening series split against the Kane County Cougars in front of 1,929 at Modern Woodmen Park Sunday afternoon.

Quad Cities (2-2) beat Kane County (2-2) to the scoreboard for the first time in the series. In the first inning, right fielder James Ramsay drew a leadoff walk and stole second base against right-hander Juan Paniagua. Shortstop Jack Mayfield drew a walk, and a wild pitch moved Ramsay and Mayfield to third and second base, respectively. Catcher Brian Holberton lined a two-out single to left-center field that scored both runners for a 2-0 lead. Paniagua kept Quad Cities off the scoreboard for the rest of his four-inning outing.

River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser struck out four batters three shutout innings before trouble in the top of the fourth. Right fielder Yasiel Balaguert hit a one-out single, and Houser walked first baseman Jacob Rogers and designated hitter Danny Canela to load the bases. Left fielder Trey Martin plated one run with a bloop single to center field. Houser forced in the tying run with his third walk of the inning to third baseman David Bote. Right-hander Patrick Christensen entered to strike out shortstop Carlos Penalver before walking center fielder Jake Hannemann to force in the go-ahead run.

Christensen recovered for 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and right-hander Gonzalo Sanudo (1-0) started the sixth inning as part of the Quad Cities tandem. Sanudo worked around lone singles in the sixth and seventh to post three scoreless innings and two strikeouts.

The Cougars held the 3-2 lead through right-hander James Pugliese's two shutout innings, but right-hander Scott Frazier (0-1) stumbled in the bottom of the seventh inning. River Bandits left fielder Tanner Mathis drew a one-out walk and stole second base, before Elkins ripped a double to right-center field that scored Mathis for the tying run. Frazier then hit Ramsay with a pitch and threw a wild pitch with Phillips at bat to move Elkins and Ramsay to third and second bases, respectively. Phillips then bounced a grounder past Rogers at first base for a two-run single and 5-3 lead. Mayfield walked to force Frazier from the game, and left-hander Nathan Dorris entered. With runners at first and second, first baseman Conrad Gregor tapped a ground ball toward Bote at third base, and Bote's off-balance throw skipped past Rogers to score Phillips and Mayfield, extending the lead to 7-3. All five runs – three earned – were charged to Frazier over one-third of an inning.

After Sanudo's perfect eighth inning, right-hander Zach Morton worked around a single for a scoreless ninth inning. He completed 5 2/3 innings scoreless innings by the bullpen, which did not allow an earned run in its final 15 2/3 innings of the series.

Ramsay stole three bases, Mathis stole two, and Phillips stole one to give the River Bandits six stolen bases in a game for the first time since the June 26, 2008 – also at home against Kane County. On that date, Charles Kingrey stole three bases, and Domnit Bolivar, Oliver Marmol, and Thomas Pham each stole one in a 6-4 victory. Quad Cities is perfect in 16 steal attempts through four games this season.

After taking Monday off, the River Bandits will play their first inter-divisional and road game at 6:05 p.m. Central on Tuesday in Lansing, Mich. River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee is scheduled to face Lugnuts right-hander Tom Robson at Cooley Law School Stadium.

UP NEXT: The second annual River Bandits Race to Home 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics is Saturday at 8 a.m. Thursday is the last day to register using the link at www.riverbandits.com. All proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars Program. To order any of the 2014 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.

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 110 feet over the playing field, is opening this spring, along with a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-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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DUFFY, MALLARDS EDGE RUSH IN OVERTIME, EVEN SERIES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:06
RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 5, 2014) – Matt Duffy scored a 5-on-3 power play goal at 1:12 of overtime to give the Quad City Mallards a 3-2 win over the host Rapid City Rush Saturday night and even the best-of-seven opening round of the Central Hockey League President’s Cup playoffs at one win apiece.

Duffy one timed the game winner from the left wing circle.  The Mallards entered sudden death up two men after the Rush’s Bob Preece and Kyle Stroh were called for back-to-back penalties in the final seconds of regulation.

The Mallards had battled from behind to tie game earlier in the third with a shorthanded goal from Gergo Nagy.  Nagy finished off a two-on-one rush with Vladimir Nikiforov- who assisted on all three Mallard goals- to knot the score at two at the 1:13 mark.

The Mallards found themselves trailing at the start of the third after Scott Brannon’s sharp angle backhander gave the Rush snapped a 1-1 deadlock at 2:41 of the second period.

It was the Mallards who had first moved in front while on the power play when Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel’s drive from the right point opened the scoring at 14:32 of the first period.  The Rush’s Jesse Schultz charged down the slot to tie the score at one with just 58 seconds left in the first.

The Mallards return home for game three next Wednesday 7:05 p.m., game four next Friday at 7:05 p.m and game five next Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.  Should a sixth game be required, the series will shift back to Rapid City on Tuesday, April 15.  If the series goes to a seventh game, the Rush would host the deciding contest on Wednesday, April 16.

Tickets for Mallards home playoff games can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets 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.net.  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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RUSH DOWN MALLARDS 5-1 IN PLAYOFF OPENER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:01
RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 4, 2014) – Scott Brannon score a goal and added three assists to pile up four points, Scott Wray scored twice and picked up an assist and Kyle Stroh provided a goal and two assists while Tim Boron made 26 saves as the host Rapid City Rush defeated the Quad City Mallards 5-1 in the opener of the best-of-seven first round of the Central Hockey League President’s Cup playoffs Friday night.

Wray buried Brannon’s centering feed to open the scoring with first of five straight Rapid City goals at 5:02 of the first period.

Jesse Schultz doubled the Rapid City lead by scoring from the doorstep just one minute and 19 seconds into the second period.  The gap stretched to 3-0 when Brannon fired the puck home from the high slot at 8:48 of the second.

The Rush pulled away by scoring two more goals in the third period.  Stroh pounced on a rebound just 31 seconds into the third and Wray jammed in Brannon’s centering pass at 10:56.

The Mallards’ Jeff Lee crashed the net to spoil Boron’s shutout bid with just a minute and 19 seconds remaining in the contest, but by then the issue was no longer in doubt.

 
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