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LUMBERKINGS SPOIL LINDAUER’S DEBUT, 7-6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 07:54
Moline native goes 2-for-5 as starting shortstop but Bandits drop sixth one-run contest of season
CLINTON, Iowa (April 21, 2014) – Moline, Ill., native Thomas Lindauer smacked two hits in his Quad Cities River Bandits debut, but the Clinton LumberKings scored two runs in the eighth inning to come back and beat Quad Cities, 7-6, at Ashford University Field Monday night. The loss was Quad Cities’ fourth in a row.
Holding onto a 6-5 lead in the eighth inning, River Bandtis right-hander Zach Morton hit Burt Reynolds with an 0-2 fastball inside before walking Tyler O’Neill. After Austin Wilson sacrificed the runners to second and third, respectively, Morton (0-1), pitching into his third inning out of the bullpen, threw a wild pitch to Joe DeCarlo, allowing Reynolds to score from third and tie the game at six. DeCarlo then drove a fastball over the head of Quad Cities center fielder James Ramsay to bring in O’Neill and give Clinton the 7-6 lead.
Trailing 5-2 in the seventh, Quad Cities scored four runs to grab its first lead since the third inning. Tanner Mathis got things started with an opposite-field single off Leoncio Munoz. Ramsay followed by launching a fastball that one-hopped the wall in right-center, sprinting to third for his third triple of the season and scoring Mathis from first to make the score 5-3. Tyler White then roped a single to left to score Ramsay. Conrad Gregor and Brett Booth each followed with a single to load the bases with nobody out.
Clinton turned to left-hander Blake Holovach, who got Brian Holberton to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, which scored White to tie the game, 5-5. Brett Phillips then singled up the middle to bring in Gregor and give Quad Cities the 6-5 advantage. Holovach (1-0) was able to get out of the inning when Reynolds threw out Phillips at third base after Lindauer singled.
The River Bandits had a similar situation in the first inning, loading the bases against Clinton starter Edwin Diaz to start the game. But Diaz got Gregor to bounce into a 3-6-1 double play, limiting the damage to one run in the inning and foreshadowing the result of the situation in the seventh. Quad Cities would chase Diaz after 4 1/3 innings in which he surrendered two runs - one earned - on seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Despite outhitting Clinton 15-7, the Bandits were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Clinton took its first lead of the game in the third. With two outs and a runner on first and Quad Cities up 2-0, starter Evan Grills surrendered a double to Zach Shank to place runners on second and third. The next batter, Marcus Littlewood, took Grills out to deep left on a fastball for his second home run of the season. Grills went five innings, allowing three runs on four hits with four punchouts.
With Grills out of the game in the sixth and the score still 3-2, the LumberKings were able to add to their lead against Michael Feliz. With one out, the right-hander clipped Reynolds with a fastball, got O’Neill to line out to right on a catch by Phillips near the line, and then walked Wilson and DeCarlo to load the bases. Jeff Zimmerman then punched a single into right to score two and chase Feliz after two-thirds of an inning. Morton recorded the final out of the inning to keep the score at 5-2.
Emilio Pagan worked the ninth to record his fourth save as Quad Cities fell to 7-10 overall and 3-6 in one-run games on the season. The LumberKings won their fourth straight to improve to 9-7. River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser (0-0) will face LumberKings left-hander Eddie Campbell (1-0) in the second game of the four-game set at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
UP NEXT: Markdown Monday opens the next River Bandits homestand on April 28. Bleacher and berm tickets, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos are $2 each. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game against the Clinton LumberKings. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. 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.
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 in May, 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.

 
Pitton, Americans Blank Mallards 2-0, Even Series PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 21 April 2014 14:55

ALLEN, Texas (April 20, 2014) – Bryan Pitton made 23 saves, Bruce Graham broke a third period deadlock and Spencer Asuchak provided a late empty net goal as the host Allen Americans defeated the Quad City Mallards Sunday night to even of the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-finals at one win apiece.

Graham tipped what proved to be the winning goal past Mallard goaltender Thomas Heemskerk (29 saves) at 7:43 of the third.  Pitton and the Americans held off the Mallards the rest of the way until Asuchak wrapped up the victory with just 17 seconds remaining.

The series shifts to the Quad Cities for game three Wednesday night, game four Friday evening and game five Saturday night.  Each of those contests will face off at 7:05 p.m.  Should a sixth game be required, the series would move back to Allen on Tuesday night, April 29.  If the series goes the distance, the Americans would host the seventh and deciding game on Wednesday evening, April 30.

Game three tickets (other than glass seats) are available for just $3.  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.

 
MALLARDS TOPPLE ALLEN 4-2 IN SEMI-FINAL OPENER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:52

ALLEN, Texas (April 18, 2014) – Thomas Frazee and Jordan Mayer both provided a goal and an assist and Thomas Heemskerk made 32 saves as the Quad City Mallards defeated the host Allen Americans 4-2 Friday night in game one of the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-finals.

Frazee provided the perfect response at 13:24 of the second period after the Americans scored twice in two minutes and 18 seconds to wipe out what had been a 2-0 Mallard lead.  Frazee shoveled in Jeff Lee’s goalmouth feed to put the Mallards back on top for good.

The Mallards grabbed their second two goal lead when Mayer tipped in Darren McMillan’s drive from the right point at 4:19 of the third period.  Heemskerk shut the door on the Americans by making 16 saves in the third.

The Mallards had first moved in front with a goal from Jordan Fox at 11:02 of the first period.  Fox stole the puck from the Americans’ Mike Berube at the Allen blue line, raced in alone through the right wing circle and jammed the puck in from the side of the net.

The Mallards widened the gap to two when Gergo Nagy deflected the puck home from close range at 4:03 of the second period.  The Americans rebounded with rapid-fire goals from Bruce Grahame and Anthony Maiani.  Graham pounced on a loose puck on the doorstep at 7:28; at 9:46 Maiani jumped on a rebound to cash in an Americans power play and even the score at two.  Frazee, however, would step up to provide what proved to be the game winner just under five minutes later.

The Mallards and Americans meet again in game two Sunday evening in Allen.  The series will shift to the Quad Cities for game three next Wednesday night, April 23 and game four next Friday evening, April 25.  Both of those contests will face off at 7:05 p.m., as would a potential fifth game which, if necessary, will be played next Saturday, April 26 at the iWireless Center.  Should a sixth game be required, the series would move back to Allen on Tuesday night, April 29.  If the series goes the distance, the Americans would host the seventh and deciding game on Wednesday evening, April 30.

Game three tickets (other than glass seats) are available for just $3.  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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MALLARDS SEMI-FINAL PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE NOW PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:42

Mallards Semi-Final Playoff Tickets on Sale Now

 

$3 Tickets for Next Wednesday’s Game, $1 Dogs/$1 Beer Next Friday

Playoff Watch Parties Tonight, Sunday at T.G.I. Friday’s, Lodge

 

MOLINE, Ill. (April 18, 2014) – Tickets for the Quad City Mallards’ best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-final series against the Allen Americans are now on sale.

After opening the series on the road tonight and playing game two in Allen Sunday evening, the Mallards will return home to host game three next Wednesday night, April 23 at 7:05 p.m.  Game three tickets (other than glass seats) are available for just $3.

Friday evening brings not only game four between the Mallards and Americans 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.  If a fifth game is necessary, the Mallards will host that contest on Saturday, April 26 at 7:05 p.m.  Tickets for games four and (if necessary) five are available for $10, $12 and $25.

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.

Fans can get a free ticket for any Mallards home playoff game courtesy of Mama Bosso pizza by presenting a receipt showing the purchase of three (3) Mama Bosso pizzas or three proofs of purchase from Mama Bosso pizza at the the iWireless Center box office or at the Mallards' business office.

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.

Should the Mallards’ match-up with the Americans require a sixth game, the series would move back to Allen on Tuesday night, April 29.  If the series goes the distance, the Americans would host the seventh and deciding game on Wednesday evening, April 30.

The Mallards have teamed with T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline and the Lodge in Bettendorf to host watch parties for Mallards road playoff games.  Fans are invited to watch all of the action in the company of their fellow Mallards supporters when the Mallards open round two tonight at 7:05 p.m. and when they take on the Americans in game two Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Watch parties will also be held for potential sixth and seventh games of the series.

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.

 
MALLARDS PLAYOFF UPDATE: APRIL 17, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:29

 

CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS

Quad City Mallards vs. Allen Americans

Game One: Friday, April 18 @ Allen, 7:05 p.m.

Game Two: Sunday, April 20 @ Allen, 5:05 p.m.

Game Three: Wednesday, April 23 @ Quad City, 7:05 p.m.

Game Four: Friday, April 25 @ Quad City, 7:05 p.m.

Game Five*: Saturday, April 26 @ Quad City, 7:05 p.m.

Game Six*: Tuesday, April 29 @ Allen, 7:05 p.m.

Game Seven*: Wednesday, April 30 @ Allen, 7:05 p.m.

*- if necessary

 

ROUND ONE

Quad City defeats Rapid City four games to three

Friday, April 4 at Rapid City: Rapid City 5 Quad City 1

Saturday, April 5 at Rapid City: Quad City 3 Rapid City 2 (OT)

Wednesday, April 9 at Quad City: Quad City 5 Rapid City 1

Friday, April 11 at Quad City: Rapid City 3 Quad City 1

Saturday, April 12 at Quad City: Quad City 3 Rapid City 1

Tuesday, April 15 at Rapid City: Rapid City 2 Quad City 1

Wednesday, April 16 at Rapid City: Quad City 3 Rapid City 1

 

Allen defeats Brampton four game to one
Wednesday, April 2 at Allen: Allen 7 Brampton 2

Thursday, April 3 at Allen: Allen 5 Brampton 3
Thursday, April 10 at Brampton: Allen 4 Brampton 1

Friday, April 11 at Brampton: Brampton 4 Allen 2
Sunday, April 13 at Brampton: Allen 4 Brampton 1

 

REGULAR SEASON

Quad City
33-23-10, 76 points
5th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Allen
39-22-5, 83 points
3rd place
Coach: Steve Martinson

 

QUACK TRACKS
Round One

The fifth-seeded Mallards knocked off the fourth-seeded Rapid City Rush in seven games in round one.  The Mallards closed out the tightly contested series by winning game seven 3-1 Wednesday night in Rapid City.

 

Winning
The Mallards’ round one win was their first playoff series victory in 11 years.  Prior to this year, the Mallards last won a playoff series when they downed the Muskegon Fury in six games in the 2003 United Hockey League Colonial Cup semi-finals.  The Mallards were eliminated in the first round in each of six straight postseason appearances (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013) before this spring.


Seven

Wednesday night the Mallards played in a seventh game for the first time since falling to the Danbury Trashers 6-4 in the deciding tilt of the opening round of the 2007 UHL playoffs.  The Mallards Wednesday won a game seven for the first time since they claimed the UHL Colonial Cup by title defeating the Flint Generals 3-2 in overtime in the seventh game of the 1998 finals.  All-time, the Mallards are now 3-3 in game sevens.

 

Quick Change
While the Americans have been idle since eliminating the Beast in Brampton Sunday, the puck will drop on game one of round two tomorrow night 43 hours and 40 minutes after the Mallards finished game seven of the opening round.


Tight
The Mallards finally saw off the Rush in game seven after both teams had gone 6-5-1 in 12 head-to-head meetings (regular season and playoffs combined) heading into Wednesday night.

 

Goals, Goals, Goals

The Mallards-Rush match-up was the lowest scoring of the four first round series.  The two clubs averaged 4.6 goals per game.  The losing team scored just one goal in six of the seven games.

 

Streaking

Thomas Frazee (4-4-8) scored the winning goal and added an assist in game seven to move into a tie with Vladimir Nikiforov (2-6-8)- who also scored in the seventh game- for the team lead in playoff points and for sixth in the CHL in postseason points.  Frazee is also tied for second in the league in goals while Nikiforov is tied for third in assists.  Jordan Mayer also had a goal and an assist in game seven and, after sitting out the first two games of the series, produced five points (three goals and two assists) in his first five career playoff games.

 

Between the Pipes
Thomas Heemskerk, who made 26 saves in game seven, went 3-1 in round one and leads the league in playoff goals against average (1.76) and ranks second in save percentage (.937).

 

Special Teams
In round one, the Mallards went 21-for-23 on the penalty kill and 5-for-30 on the power play after finishing the regular season first in shorthanded goals (12), fourth in penalty killing (83.7 percent) and ninth on power play (14.3 percent).

 

Home and Away

The Mallards went 2-1 at home in round one and 2-2 on the road.  During the regular season the Mallards went 19-11-3 at home and 14-12-7 on the road.

 

Working Overtime
Their game two win in round one was the Mallards’ first postseason overtime victory since April 1, 2011, when they defeated the Colorado Eagles 4-3 in game one of an opening round series.  The Mallards had lost their three most recent playoff overtime contests- a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Colorado on April 2, 2011 and 3-2 losses to the Fort Worth Brahmas on March 30 and April 3 of last year- before winning game two.

 

Head to Head

The Mallards and Americans have never before met in the playoffs.  The two clubs split their four regular season meetings.  The Mallards went 1-1-0 at home against the Americans during the regular season and 1-1-0 in Allen.  All-time, the Mallards have posted a record of 3-5-1 against the Americans: 2-3-0 at home and 1-2-1 at the Allen Event Center.  Allen’s Jamie Schaafsma (4-2-6) and Alex Lavoie (1-5-6) were the top point scorers during the regular season series while Matt Duffy (3-1-4) and Vladimir Nikiforov (0-4-4) were the Mallards’ top point producers against the Americans.

 

Ins and Outs
Forward Mike Hellyer (upper body) played in game seven of round one after missing the final 22 regular season games while on injured reserve and the first six games of the playoffs…Joe Perry (upper body) missed the last five games… Jordan Mayer made his professional playoff debut in game three of round one….Jim McKenzie missed game seven of round one.  McKenzie returned April 1 the AHL’s Iowa Wild, with whom he signed a professional tryout agreement January 8…Perry signed an amateur tryout agreement March 31… Ty Rimmer returned March 31 after being recalled by the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons March 25… Forward Gabriel Levesque (lower body) is on 14-day injured reserve.

 

WATCH PARTIES
The Mallards have teamed again with T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline and the Lodge in Bettendorf to host watch parties tomorrow night and Sunday evening when the Mallards play games one and two of their semi-final series against the Americans.  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.


UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, April 23, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. Allen

CHL Semi-Finals, Game Three

The third game of the series will see the Mallards return home for the first time since game five of round one.  Tickets for game three are available for just $3.

 

Friday, April 25, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. Allen

CHL Semi-Finals, Game Four

The Mallards and Americans will clash in the second of the Mallards’ two guaranteed semi-final games.

 

Saturday, April 26, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. Allen (if necessary)

CHL Semi-Finals, Game Five

The Mallards will host the fifth game of the semi-finals should it prove necessary.


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 will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football and Green Bay Packer football.  Audio webcasts of games that do not air on AM 1230 are available at myqcmallards.net.  CHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.net.  For a full Mallards broadcast/webcast schedule, go to http://myqcmallards.net/schedule/broadcast_schedule/.

 

TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Single game tickets for Mallards home playoff tilts 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.

 

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