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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:38

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, February 26, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline

Missouri Mavericks vs. Quad City Mallards

 

Friday, February 28, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Brampton Beast vs. Quad City Mallards

Saturday, March 1, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Brampton Beast vs. Quad City Mallards

LAST WEEK
Wednesday, February 19
Missouri 2 Quad City 1

 

Friday, February 21

Tulsa 4 Quad City 3

Saturday, February 22

Quad City 4 Wichita 3

Sunday, February 23

Allen 6 Quad City 2

Quad City
25-15-8, 58 points
6th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Missouri

33-14-2, 68 points
1st place
Coach: Scott Hillman

 

Brampton
27-21-5, 59 points

5th place
Coach: Mark DeSantis

QUACK TRACKS
Recent Action
The Mallards dropped three of the four games they played in a five day span ending yesterday and have also now gone 1-4-0 in their last five games.  The Mallards did recover from a pair of one-goal losses- last Wednesday at home against Missouri and last Friday in Tulsa- and three straight defeats overall by winning 4-1 in Wichita Saturday night before falling yesterday in Allen.

Tight

The Mallards bounced from fourth to seventh to fourth to fifth and finally into sixth place in the tightly packed CHL standings last week.  They are currently only one point behind fifth place Brampton and just one point ahead of seventh place Tulsa.  The Mallards are two points behind fourth place Allen.  The Mallards, who have played fewer games (48) than any other CHL club, have two games in hand on Allen and five games in hand on Brampton and Tulsa.

 

Busy

The Mallards yesterday played their seventh game in ten days, a stretch during which they went 3-4-0.  That run culminated in the Mallards playing four games in four cities in five nights.  Yesterday’s game was also the thirteenth in a stretch that sees the Mallards play 31 games over the final 59 days of the regular season.

Rough Road

The Mallards are in the midst of a stretch that sees them play 18 of their final 30 games against the top four teams in the CHL- Missouri, Rapid City, Denver and Allen.

Balance
While the Mallards rank in the top half of the league in goal scoring- fifth at 3.3 per game- Jeff Lee (18-24-42), who is tied for twentieth, is the only Mallard in the top 20 in the CHL in point scoring.

Between the Pipes

Thomas Heemskerk suffered the loss in goal yesterday after also enduring defeat last Friday in Tulsa.  Those setbacks were his first consecutive regulation losses this season.

 

General Lee
Lee’s nine-game point-scoring streak (5-9-14) ended yesterday.  Lee has also recorded 21 points (seven goals and 14 assists) in his last 16 games.   Lee, who last week was named an alternate captain, leads the Mallards in goals (18) and points (42).

Early Exit

Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski was assessed a game misconduct during the second period of yesterday’s game after protesting the officiating of that contest.

Trifecta
Matt Boyd scored three times- once at even strength, once shorthanded and once on the power play- in the Mallards last two games.  In the second period of Saturday’s win in Wichita, Boyd broke a scoreless tie with a shorthanded goal and struck again at even strength.  He then scored his first power play goal in two seasons with the Mallards in the second period of yesterday’s loss in Allen.  Yesterday’s goal was Boyd’s first on the man advantage since he delivered a power play goal for the host Laredo Bucks on March 3, 2012 against…the Allen Americans.

Done and Done
The Mallards last weekend finished their season series with Tulsa and Wichita.  The Mallards went 2-2-0 against the Oilers and 1-1-1 against the Thunder.

Leaders
Heemskerk ranks fourth in goals against average (2.67), is tied for fourth in shutouts (2) and ranks sixth in save percentage (.912)…Ty Rimmer is also tied for fourth in shutouts (2), is tied for sixth in goals against average (2.81) and ranks eighth in save percentage (.908)… Among rookies, Thomas Frazee is tied for third in goals (13), ranks fifth in points (31) and ranks sixth in assists (18)…Among defensemen, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel and Matt Duffy are tied for fifth in goals (9) while Dieude-Fauvel is also tied for seventh in points (30) and tied for eighth in assists (21)…Mike Monfredo is tied for tenth in points (24) and assists (20).

Special Teams
On the season the Mallards have converted 14.3 percent of their plays and rank ninth in the CHL on the man advantage but over their last nine games have scored on 25 percent (11-for-44) of their advantages.  The Mallards rank fifth in penalty killing (83.0 percent) and, after Boyd scored during a Wichita power play Saturday, are tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (7).

Head to Head

The Mallards have gone 0-3-1 against Missouri this year.  The Mavericks last Wednesday defeated the Mallards while making their first visit of the season to the iWireless Center.  After playing just one of their first 36 games against Missouri, the Mallards, starting with a 3-1 loss in Independence on February 1, play nine of their final 30 tilts against the Mavericks.  Since entering the CHL in 2010, the Mallards have gone 14-15-3 against the Mavericks and have posted a record of 5-7-2 at home.  Lee (2-4-6) and Missouri’s Mike Ramsay (1-5-6) are the top point producers in this year’s season series…The Mallards have gone 7-1-3 against Brampton this season and are 2-1-2 against the expansion Beast on home ice.  The two clubs conclude their season series this weekend.  Gergo Nagy is the leading scorer (5-9-14) in the season series.  The Mallards this season have played four games that have ended in overtime- all against the Beast.  Brampton has won three of those four contests, including the last meeting between the two clubs on January 26 when Andrew Fournier scored in sudden death to give the host Beast a 4-3 victory.

Ins and Outs
Forward Frazee was placed on seven-day injured reserve retroactive to February 15 (upper body) and has missed the Mallards’ last five games…Forward Hellyer was placed on 14-day injured reserve retroactive to February 16 (upper body) and has missed the last four games

UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, February 26, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Missouri
Wednesday’s game is a Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ next Wednesday home game courtesy of T.G.I. Friday’s.  Fans also have the opportunity to purchase $2 hot dogs and beer at iWireless Center concession stands during each Wednesday home tilt.  After the game fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline for a postgame party.

Friday, February 28, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Brampton
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X
This Friday is this season’s penultimate $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.

Saturday, March 1, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Brampton
Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man Presented by Genesis Health Systems
The Mallards welcome Mountain Man from the popular A&E reality series Duck Dynasty to this Saturday night’s game.

Blades for Grades Presented by Cobham Mission Systems
Also on Saturday night, area honor roll students will attend the game free of charge through the Mallards’ Blades for Grades program courtesy of Cobham Mission Systems.

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 this Wednesday’s tilt- 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 http://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 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of 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.

–### Quad City Mallards ### –

 
Americans Drop Mallards 6-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:47
ALLEN, Texas (February 23, 2014) – The Allen Americans’ Jamie Schaafsma and Tyler Ludwig both scored twice and Quad City Mallards coach Terry Ruskowski was ejected in the second period as the host Americans defeated the Mallards 6-2 Sunday.  The loss leaves the Mallards (25-15-8, 58 points) in sixth place in the Central Hockey League while the win lifts the Americans (28-18-4, 60 points) into fourth place.

The Mallards’ afternoon took an early turn south when Jamie Schaafsma pounced on a loose puck beside the Quad City net to open the scoring at 5:06 of the first period.  Officiating first drew the ire of Ruskowski and his troops with 41 seconds left in the first when, with the Americans on the power play, Jonathan Zion scored from the slot and his goal was allowed to stand even though the Americans’ Jonathan Lessard had knocked over Mallard goaltender Thomas Heemskerk just before Zion fired the puck home.

After Matt Boyd briefly sparked Quad City comeback hopes with a point-blank power play goal at 3:43 of the second period, the Americans took control by scoring three straight goals over the course of a middle frame that saw Ruskowski assessed a game misconduct.  Brian McMillan’s tip-in stretched the Alllen lead to 3-1 just 22 seconds after Boyd got the Mallards on the scoreboard.  Both teams were down a man when Ludwig snapped the puck in under the cross bar from the right wing circle at 7:46 of the second to widen the gap to 4-1 and bring about the replacement of Mallard goaltender Thomas Heemskerk by Ty Rimmer.  The Americans were on the power play when Ludwig made it 5-1 with a drive from the high slot at 12:14.  It was after this goal that Ruskowski was given his marching orders.

Schaafscma scored his second goal and the Americans’ sixth on a breakaway just past the midway point of the third period.  Gergo Nagy provided a belated Mallard response from the doorstep at 14:06 of the third.

The Mallards next play at home Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Mavericks.  That game is another Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win next Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ following Wednesday home game courtesy of T.G.I. Friday’s.  After the game fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline for a postgame party.

Tickets for next Wednesday 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 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.

 
Updated Card - WWE March 2nd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephani Nagle   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:52

WWE returns to MOLINE for the first time in TWO YEARS!! Don't miss all your favorite Superstars for one night only on the Road to WrestleMania!

 

***WWE World heavyweight Championship STEEL CAGE MATCH***

John Cena vs Randy Orton

 

***Intercontinental Chammpionship Match***

Big E Langston vs Ryback

 

Plus the Rhodes Brothers, The Real Americans w/ Zeb Colter, Mark Henry and many more live!

 

THE BEST VALUE IN ENTERTAINMENT WITH TICKETS STARTING AT $15!!

Card is subject to change

 

Tickets: $95, $50, $35, $25, $15

 

Tickets are available at the iWireless Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets, Charge by Phone: 800-745-3000 and Online at www.ticketmaster.com/wwe.

 
Mavs Slip Past Mallards 2-1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:47
MOLINE, Ill. (February 19, 2014) – Obi Aduba broke a 1-1 tie at 9:30 of the third period and the Missouri Mavericks went on to defeat the host Quad City Mallards 2-1 Wednesday night.  With the loss- their second in four days against the Mavericks- the Mallards (24-13-8, 56 points) remain tied for fourth place with the Allen Americans while the victory extended the Mavericks’ (32-13-2, 66 points) winning streak to four games and left Missouri six points clear of second place Denver atop the Central Hockey League.

Aduba snapped what proved be the game winner in under the crossbar from the slot just shy of the midway point of the third.

Adbua’s goal gave the Mavericks their second lead of the night.  Missouri was shorthanded when Anders Franzon charged into the goalmouth to open the scoring at 4:05 of the second period.  Jeff Lee’s wrist shot from the slot tied the game at one for the Mallards at 11:15 of the second.

The Mallards return to action on the road Friday night against the Tulsa Oilers.  The Mallards next play at home next Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Mavericks.  That game is another Winning Wednesday presented by T.G.I. Friday’s.  If the Mallards win next Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Mallards’ following Wednesday home game courtesy of T.G.I. Friday’s.  After the game fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline for a postgame party.

Tickets for next Wednesday 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 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.

 
RIVER BANDITS NATIONAL ANTHEM TRYOUTS, TALENT SEARCH WILL BE FEB. 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:31
Team looking for National Anthem singers, pregame performers for 2014 season
DAVENPORT, Iowa (FEB. 19, 2014) – As the Quad Cities River Bandits prepare for a season packed with family entertainment, the team is again seeking to bring talent from all across the Quad Cities to Modern Woodmen Park. The team will hold tryouts on Saturday, Feb. 22, for individuals and groups, including National Anthem singers, to perform and entertain fans prior to home games during the 2014 season.
National Anthem and other pre-game performance tryouts will take place on the Sky Deck at Modern Woodmen Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. Registration is first come, first served. Talents can range anywhere from singing, dancing, and comedy to miming, juggling or magic.
“The Quad Cities area has a wealth of talented people, and we want them to share their talent with people throughout the region at the Best Minor League Ballpark this season,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “At Modern Woodmen Park, we put on a unique and fun show every night and entertain our guests from the moment they enter our gates until they walk out the door. Incorporating the talent of the Quad Cities area is a tremendous part of creating that experience.”
Everyone participating in the tryouts will perform their talent for a panel of River Bandits staff and local judges. Those talented enough to entertain crowds at River Bandits games this summer will be included in the show during the 2014 season.
“The River Bandits look forward to building a lineup of outstanding local talent to highlight the family entertainment for this season,” said General Manager Andrew Chesser. “Modern Woodmen Park is a special gathering place for people across this region, and we are excited to welcome talented local performers and entertainers to be part of the show.”
Modern Woodmen Park will also be open for fans to purchase select merchandise, learn about ticket plans and group outings, and purchase or renew ticket packages for the 2014 season. For children ages 14 and under, the River Bandits will offer another one-day special on 2014 Kids Club memberships. Normally $30 per child 14 and under, a membership will be $25 at Modern Woodmen Park on Saturday, Feb. 22. A Kids Club Membership includes a free bleacher ticket good for all River Bandits 2014 regular season home games, a membership card, a T-shirt, a 10 percent discount off purchases in the team store, an email newsletter with exclusive special offers and much more.
UP NEXT: Opening Day is April 3, so lock in your seats now to see the defending Midwest League Champions in 2014! To order any of the ticket plans - with new lower prices - 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.
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 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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