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QC Mallards Weekend Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 09 December 2013 10:26

MOLINE, Ill. (December 6, 2013) – Jim McKenzie scored twice and the host Quad City Mallards pulled away with three third period goals on the way to a 6-1 win over the Brampton Beast Friday night. The victory stretched the Mallards' winning streak to three straight games and extended their regulation unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3).

A McKenzie tip-in opened the scoring and gave the Mallards a lead the would never relinquish at 8:42 of the first period. With just 1:25 left in the first Mike Hellyer (who also had an assist) buried a rebound to double the Mallard advantage.

The Beast cut the gap to 2-1 when Andrew Fournier batted in a power play goal from the doorstep at 10:15 of the second period, but McKenzie would score for the second time and kick off a run of four unanswered Mallard goals by pouncing on a rebound at 11:33 of the second.

The third period Mallard onslaught started when Mike Stinziani (who also picked up an assist) widened the margin to 4-1 from close range at 7:08. At 14:37 Tyler Yaworski scored his first career goal from the left wing circle and just 58 seconds later Darren McMillan capped off the win by rifling in a Gergo Nagy feed- the assist was Nagy's third of the game- from the high slot.

The Mallards' Rivalry Weekend presented by Pub 1848 continues when the Mallards host the Beast tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m and Sunday at 4:05 p.m. The Mallards will join in the spirit of the holiday season by accepting Toys for Tots donations at their games Saturday and Sunday. Fans will receive $3 off a ticket to either of those games for each new toy they donate at the iWireless Center.

Tickets for 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.

MOLINE, Ill. (December 7, 2013) – Jason Pitton scored at 1:20 of overtime to give the Brampton Beast a come from behind 4-3 win over the host Quad City Mallards Saturday night. The Mallards, who earned one point for the sudden death loss, remain unbeaten in regulation in their last eight games (4-0-4).

Pitton capped of the Beast's rally from a 3-1 deficit by sweeping in the rebound after Mallard goaltender Thomas Heemskerk (29 saves) stopped his initial point blank bid.

The game went to the extra period after Matt Caruana steered in Rob Collins's feed from the slot to even the score at three at 8:36 of the third. Calin Wild's power play tip-in had started the Brampton comeback at 6:51 of the second period.

The Mallards had seized the initiative first by scoring three times in the opening period. Vladimir Nikiforov's solo rush gave the Mallards a 1-0 lead at 5:27 of the first. Jeff Lee buried Jim McKenzie's centering pass to stretch the gap to a pair at 12:13. The Beast cut the Mallard lead in half when Dan Milan's shot from the left point was deflected home at the 14:15 mark, but Gergo Nagy scored from the slot just a minute and a half minutes later to reestablish the two goal margin. The Mallards however, would not score again.

The Mallards' Rivalry Weekend presented by Pub 1848 concludes when the Mallards host the Beast for the third time in as many days tomorrow at 4:05 p.m.

The Mallards will join in the spirit of the holiday season by accepting Toys for Tots donations at tomorrow's game. Fans will receive $3 off a regularly priced ticket to tomorrow's contest for each new toy they donate at the iWireless Center.

Tomorrow also sees the Mallards play their first Sunday home game of the season and, thus, give fans their first chance to take advantage of the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package. With the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package, fans can purchase four lower level tickets for just $55 or four upper level seats for only $45 and receive a certificate for a free large single topping pizza from Harris Pizza. The Puck and Pizza Package is available at the iWireless Center Box Office for all Wednesday and Sunday games.

Families will have a further chance to save on tickets to tomorrow's game- tickets to that contest are available at the iWireless Center ticket office to children 12 and under for just $1 with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket.

Mallards players will join fans for a postgame party at Pub 1848 immediately after tomorrow's tilt. Pub 1848 is located at 1601 River Drive in Moline.

Also after tomorrow's game, fans will have the chance to meet a pair of Mallards for autographs and photographs at each of two Governor's Pub & Grill locations. Nick Grasso and Thomas Frazee will stop by Governor's at 2180 53rd Street in Moline while Darren McMillan and Mike Monfredo will be at Governor's at 3470 Middle Road in Bettendorf.

Tickets for tomorrow's weekend finale 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.

MOLINE, Ill. (December 8, 2013) – Gergo Nagy scored the game winning shorthanded goal with just 27 seconds left in the third period as the host Quad City Mallards rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Brampton Beast 3-2 Sunday.  With the victory, the Mallards extended their regulation unbeaten streak to nine games (5-0-4).

Nagy capped of the Mallards' comeback by firing the puck in off Brampton goaltender Grant Rollheiser from the top of the left wing circle. Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel had set the stage for Nagy's late winner by one timing the tying goal from the high slot at 7:49 of third period. The Mallard recovery started when Matt Duffy wristed a power play goal home from the slot to cut the gap to 2-1 at 8:38 of the second period.

The Mallards found themselves down by a pair after the Beast scored twice in two minutes and thirteen seconds early in the second. Tyler Michel gave Brampton a 1-0 lead by scoring from the side of the net at 3:45 of the middle frame. Dan Milan's power play blue line blast doubled the Beast advantage at the 5:48 mark but the Mallards would bounce back in dramatic fashion.

The Mallards return to action next Friday against the Rush in Rapid City. The Mallards next play at home Saturday, December 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the St. Charles Chill. The first 1,000 fans through the doors for that game will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and Bierstube.

Tickets for the December 21 tilt 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.

The Mallards return to action next Friday against the Rush in Rapid City. The Mallards next play at home Saturday, December 21 at 7:05 p.m. against the St. Charles Chill. The first 1,000 fans through the doors for that game will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and Bierstube.

Tickets for the December 21 tilt 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.

 
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Friday, 06 December 2013 11:58

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Indoor Sports Center Media Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carol Slaughter   
Friday, 06 December 2013 09:05

Raufeisen Development announces the funding of a feasibility study regarding the development of a Regional Sports Facility to be located at Spencer Creek, a 117 acre mixed use development located at the Northeast corner of Middle Road and Interstate 80, Bettendorf, Iowa.

The proposed 384,000 square foot facility consists of 7 modules that can be built in phases. Included is an Olympic size pool with a diving well that will also be used as an indoor water board training facility and two completes sheets of ice used for hockey. The center module main arena will be used for tournament finals in basketball, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics, cheerleading and dance contests. Its seating capacity is 4500 for spectators. The other three modules will be flexible in uses, which include the activities listed above as well as track & field, tennis, badminton and more.

Sports Facility Advisors, a national leader in the analysis and management of sports facilities and athletic tournaments has been contracted to analyze the financial feasibility, analyze economic impact and phasing of the project. Their recommendation will come within 90 days.

Steve Van Dyke, Director, Economic Development, City of Bettendorf, IA says: “We are so proud to be working in partnership with Raufeisen Development concerning  Spencer Creek Technology Park, especially as it relates to the potential for an Indoor Sports Complex.  Creating an environment here in the Quad Cities that encourages a healthy lifestyle along with a well educated, hard working, diverse population base is our top priority.”

Raufeisen Development has been working closely with the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau to identify facility needs in the Quad Cities that would attract regional sporting tournaments and events. These events can bring 3500 to 6000+ athletes to the Quad Cities per event with an anticipated 26 events minimum annually. The financial impact to the region could be tens of millions of dollars because of hotel rooms, restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions.

Joe Taylor of The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “Sports remains a growing segment of the tourist industry.   The Regional Sports Complex will bring many new opportunities to the Quad Cities and the timing is right.  Many communities are seeing a value of sports tourism and investing in sports complexes to an ever growing degree.”

Todd Raufeisen says “this facility could be used by local school districts, community and private colleges. Local school districts and local colleges need new facilities but financial pressures make it cost prohibitive. A sports facility of this nature could provide top notch athletic training resources at a fraction of the cost.”

Raufeisen states that regional sports tournaments are big business and economic engines. Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Rockford, Illinois are two communities that have announced the same type of feasibility studies. Raufeisen feels that the Quad Cities needs to “get in the game”. This location is centralized and strategically located on interstate 80. It has the ability to draw from Chicago to Minneapolis to Omaha to St. Louis.

At this stage, a project of this size, scope and cost is big dream; however, if you look at the potential economic impact to the region it could be just what the Quad Cities needs. If we don’t try, we could be traveling to Cedar Rapids or Rockford with our kids and spending our dollars to spur their growth and economy – Let’s keep it in the Quad Cities!

 

 
Central Hockey League Sets Expansion Plans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:35
League to Expand Membership for 2014-15

GLENDALE, AZ (December 4, 2013) – Central Hockey League Commissioner Steve Ryan announced today that the League will expand by a maximum of two teams for the 2014-15 season.  The CHL Board recently gathered in Las Vegas and after the meetings concluded, expressed their confidence and support to expand membership to 12 teams. 

“The Board is enthusiastic about the current momentum and future direction of the League and wishes to expand beyond its current geographical footprint,” said Ryan.  “We receive numerous expressions of interest for expansion, both formal and informal, and are now prepared to commence a formal bid process.”

“When we came together to purchase the League, we gained control of our future and the ability to grow the legacy of the CHL into the future,” said Brad Fain, Owner of the Arizona Sundogs.  “Under the guidance of the Commissioner, we believe this will be the best ‘AA’ minor league in North America.  Our efforts to build a sustainable and compelling business model will attract highly qualified and passionate owners in the best markets.”

This past off-season saw the CHL expand to St. Charles, Missouri (St. Louis area) and Brampton, Ontario (Toronto area).

Last June, team owners acquired the CHL in an asset purchase acquisition from Global Entertainment, a publicly traded company that had owned the League for the previous two decades. 

In October, the CHL appointed Steve Ryan as its Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer.  Ryan has an extensive management background in professional sports serving as President of NHL Enterprises from 1981-95.  Additionally, he was President of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and Commissioner of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

To facilitate its expansion strategy, the League has retained the Sports Advisory Group (SAG), a division of W.B. Grimes, which is one of the leading sports acquisition firms in North America.  SAG will initiate interaction with potential expansion candidates and advise the League on its plan for growth.

Founded as a professional league in 1963 by the National Hockey League, the Central Hockey League delivers outstanding family entertainment and in-arena excitement and is comprised of 10 teams in eight U.S. states and one Canadian province.  Learn more about the CHL at www.centralhockeyleague.com.  

 
Roster set for UW-Whitewater's 2013-14 wrestling team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Angileri   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:34

WHITEWATER, WI (12/04/2013)(readMedia)-- The following students were named to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater wrestling team for the 2013-14 season.

  • Maxx Hubbard, a freshman undeclared major from Sterling, Ill.

After finishing third in the national championships last year, the Warhawks have high expectations this season and intend to offer a strong challenge to each opposing team. The team holds preseason-training sessions with new and returning players to increase performance before the regular season begins.

"The team is going to get better as the year goes on," said Tim Fader, the team's head coach. "We have to keep our eyes on the prize, every team has its struggles but we'll power through them. We are going to continue to push expectations and raise the bar, it's what we're known for and it's what we pride ourselves on."

When the wrestlers are not under the spotlights, they give back to the community. They helped build the new Children's Center on campus and they volunteer for the Salvation Army in Janesville every Thanksgiving.

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