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MALLARDS RETURN HOME WITH SERIES OF PROMOTIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:48

$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X Returns

Great Clips Haircuts for Ronald McDonald House,
Teddy Bear Toss and Holiday 4-Pack Savings Saturday

Rivalry Weekend Presented by Pub 1848 December 6, 7 and 8
Features Toys for Tots Discount

MOLINE, Ill. (November 26, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards return to action on home ice over the next two weekends and bring with them a host of fan-friendly promotions. This Friday night's game between the Mallards and St. Charles Chill will feature the return of $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X while this Saturday will see the the Mallards hold their annual Teddy Bear Toss and welcome Great Clips, whose stylists will provide hair cuts for fans to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. The Mallards will embark upon Rivalry Weekend presented by Pub 1848 when they host the Brampton Beast December 6, 7 and 8.

$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, including this Friday's 7:05 p.m. meeting with the Chill. Friday’s first intermission entertainment, will, courtesy of 97X, follow the hot dog-themed spirit of the evening.

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 this season. 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.

This Saturday night the Mallards will team with Great Clips to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Great Clips stylists will provide haircuts for fans attending the Mallards' 7:05 p.m. game against the Tulsa Oilers throughout that contest. All proceeds from the cost of those haircuts will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Also on Saturday evening, One of hockey’s unique traditions, the Teddy Bear Toss, will make its annual return to the iWireless Center. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed animals to that game and throw them on the ice immediately after the Mallards’ first goal.  Those teddy bears will then be donated to children in need in the Quad Cities area just in time for the holidays.

The Holiday 4-Pack gives fans a chance to save on tickets to this Saturday night's game. Fans can purchase four lower bowl seats to this Saturday night's game for just $40 at the iWireless Center box office while supplies last.

The Mallards have teamed with Pub 1848 to present Rivalry Weekend December 6, 7 and 8 when the Mallards play three straight home games against their newest Central Hockey League rivals from north of the border, the Brampton Beast.

The Mallards' budding international rivalry with the expansion Beast will no doubt intensify when the teams meet three times in 48 hours at the iWireless Center. The Mallards last month suffered a hard-fought 4-3 loss in their first ever meeting with the CHL's lone Canadian club.

The Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 match ups with the Beast both face off at 7:05 p.m. The two clubs will close out the weekend by colliding at 4:05 p.m. on December 8.  The December 6 game is also another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X. On both December 7 and 8 the Mallards will team with Toys for Tots to provide fans with a $3 discount off the price of a ticket to either of those games for each new toy donated at the iWireless Center.

Conveniently located just blocks from the iWireless Center at 1601 River Drive, Pub 1848 is a favorite spot in historic downtown Moline for drinks, laughs and plenty of fun.

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.

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 and 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 i wireless 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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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: NOVEMBER 25, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:02

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, November 27, 7:05 p.m.
Independence Events Center
Quad City Mallards vs. Missouri Mavericks

Friday, November 29, 7:05 p.m. 
iWireless Center
St. Charles Chill vs. Quad City Mallards

Saturday, November 30, 7:05 p.m. 
iWireless Center
Tulsa Oilers vs. Quad City Mallards


LAST WEEK
Friday, November 15
Arizona 3 Quad City 2 (SO)

Saturday, November 16
Arizona 3 Quad City 2 (SO)

Quad City
5-3-1 (11 points)
7th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Missouri
10-3-0 (20 points)
tied 4th place
Coach: Scott Hillman 

St. Charles
3-9-2 (8 points)
tied 9th place
Coach: Jamie Rivers

Tulsa
9-7-2 (20 points)
tied 4th place
Coach: Bruce Ramsay

QUACK TRACKS
Shootout Out West
The Mallards earned two points for a pair of 3-2 shootout losses last weekend in Arizona. The Mallards came from behind to tie both of those games in the third period. Saturday night's game ended controversially as the Mallards argued that Gabriel Levesque scored what should have been the tying goal in the final round of the shootout but it was ruled that Sundogs goaltender Chris Rawlings gloved Levesque's bid just before it crossed the goal line.

Trifecta
Each of the Mallards' last three games has gone to the shootout. The Mallards have gone 1-2 during that stretch and are 1-3 in shootouts on the season. This marks the first time the Mallards have reached the shootout in three consecutive games since going to successive shootouts on January 8, January 10 and January 15, 2010 while in the International Hockey League.

Upswing
The Mallards have suffered just one regulation loss in their last six games, a stretch during which they have gone 3-1-2.

Goals, Goals, Goals
The Mallards have scored a total of six regulation goals in their last four games after scoring at least four goals in six of their first seven games. The Mallards, who until last weekend led the league in goals per game, now rank second in that category (3.7), just behind Rapid City (3.8).

Stingy
The Mallards have allowed just two (non-shootout) goals in each of their last three games and have given up three goals or fewer in each of their last six games.

Catch-Up
The Mallards have played fewer games (11) than any other CHL club. The league-leading Rush have played the next fewest (13) while the Tulsa Oilers, who the Mallards on Saturday night will meet for the first time this season, have already played a league high 18 games.

Rookie Roll
Rookie Thomas Frazee has recorded eight points (two goals and six assists) in his last eight games.

Between The Pipes
Thomas Heemskerk remains unbeaten in regulation (2-0-1) after making 29 saves in last Friday's shootout setback. That game was Heemskerk's first with the Mallards since returning from a brief stint with the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild. Ty Rimmer made 31 saves one night later while making his fourth start in the Mallards' last five games, a stretch during which he has gone 2-1-1 with a 2.40 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

Leaders
Mike Monfredo is tied for sixth among CHL defensemen in assists (7)...Thomas Frazee ranks fifth among rookies in assists and is tied for seventh seventh among rookies in points (8).

Milestones
Gabriel Levesque played his one hundredth career game last Friday at Arizona...Terry Ruskowski has won 414 games as a CHL coach and is one win away from tying Chris Stewart for third place all-time among CHL coaches in victories (415)...Matt Duffy has notched 99 career points...Darren McMillan has collected 95 career CHL assists

Special Teams
The Mallards rank sixth in the CHL in power play efficiency (16.4 percent) and lead the league in power plays per game (6.1). The Mallards, who have successfully completed 14 consecutive penalty kills, rank third in penalty killing (84.2 percent). The Mallards last Friday gave up a shorthanded goal for the second time this season; last Saturday Thomas Frazee scored the Mallards' first shorthanded goal of the year.

Head to Head
This Wednesday's game is the first of ten meetings this season between the Mallards and Mavericks. The Mallards last season went 7-6-0 overall and 4-3-0 on the road against Missouri. All-time the Mallards have gone 14-12-2 against the Mavericks and have posted a 9-6-0 record in Independence...The Mallards have gone 2-0-1 against the expansion Chill this season and have won each of the clubs' prior two meetings at the iWireless Center. Mikes Hellyer (four goals and three assists) and Stinziani (three goals and four assists) piled up seven points apiece over the first three games between the two clubs...The Mallards and Oilers will open their four-game season series this Saturday. The Mallards last season went 4-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 at home against Tulsa. All-time the Mallards have gone 6-5-0 against the Oilers overall and 4-3-0 at home.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Friday, November 29, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Night Presented by 97X 
Every Friday night home game this season is a $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. Fans will be able to purchase $1 beer and $1 hot dogs at iWireless Center concession stands during each of those Friday tilts.

Saturday, November 30, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers
Teddy Bear Toss
The Teddy Bear Toss will make its annual return when the Mallards do battle with the Tulsa Oilers Saturday night. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed animals to that game and throw them on the ice immediately after the Mallards’ first goal. Those teddy bears will then be donated to children in need in the Quad Cities area just in time for the holidays.

Holiday 4-Pack
Fans can purchase a Holiday 4-Pack of four lower bowl seats to this Saturday night's game for just $40 at the iWireless Center box office while supplies last.

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 Friday's contest- 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 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 orinfo@myqcmallards.com 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 can receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of other great 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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Skate for United Way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Monday, 25 November 2013 15:07

 
2013 Iowa State Fair Boasts More than One Million Visitors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 25 November 2013 13:44

DES MOINES, IA (11/25/2013)(readMedia)-- "Happiness Is" the 2013 Iowa State Fair's final attendance tally of 1,045,048 visitors during its August 8-18 run. Fairgoers packaged meals for the food insecure, indulged in new Fair foods and enjoyed all the traditions of the Iowa State Fair during an unprecedented 11 days of beautiful weather.

More than 1500 Fairgoers volunteered in the Fair's first ever one-day meal-packaging event in partnership with Meals from the Heartland. Fairgoers packaged 255,096 meals to help alleviate life-threatening hunger around the world. Combined with the Fair's Food Drive discount day, a total of 46,453 pounds of food was donated to help the food insecure locally and globally. The event was part of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions' "Dream Big" food drive hosted by fairs throughout the world.

The first annual New Fair Food Contest and eighteen new foods debuted at this year's Fair. Introductory foods ranged from new flavors of funnel cakes and corndogs to the "Graham Champion" Fair Square and deep-fried brownie on-a-stick. Fairgoers voted for the Shrimp Corndog as the contest's inaugural champion of the new foods.

This year, the Fair hosted 6,650 livestock exhibitors with 21,787 animals throughout the 11 days, making it one of the world's largest livestock shows. Other highlights included two new equine events, the Supreme Six-Horse Hitch contest and cowboy mounted shooting demonstrations, as well as seven record-breakers in the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement's Sale of Champions.

Fairgoers flocked to the Agriculture Building to get a glimpse of the Butter Cow, a 102-year Fair tradition. This year's companion sculptures commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway Bridge in Tama and the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Other highlights included more than 22,800 exhibitors with 63,550 entries, record attendance of 32,878 at the Little Hands on the Farm interactive farm exhibit, a new Fair recycling record of 35 tons and thousands of Fairgoers attending concerts at the newly-relocated Budweiser Stage.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.

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Arizona Slips Past Mallards in Shootout PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 25 November 2013 09:58

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (November 22, 2013) – Jason Morgan- who also scored twice in regulation- and Johan Ryd- who delivered the game winner- both converted penalty shots as the host Arizona Sundogs slipped past the Quad City Mallards 3-2 in a shootout Friday night.

The Mallards, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit in regulation, did earn one point for the shootout setback. Only Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel buried a penalty shot for the Mallards.

Mike Stinziani scored the third period goal that, in the end, forced overtime and- after the Mallards were outshot 5-0 in the extra period and the Sundogs failed to capitalize on a sudden death power play- the shootout. The Mallards were on the power play when Stinziani scored from point blank range at 8:24 of the third.

The Mallard comeback had started when Matt Duffy's blast from the top of the right wing got Quad City on the scoreboard for the first time at 5:57 of the second period .

The Mallards found themselves in a hole after Morgan scored twice in just under two and a half minutes in the first period. Morgan poked in a rebound at 6:29 of the first before a ripping shorthanded goal from the left wing circle at 8:58.

The Mallards return to action tomorrow night in Arizona. The Mallards next play at home next Friday, November 29 at 7:05 p.m. against the St. Charles Chill. November 29 is also a $1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X. Fans can purchase hot dogs and beer for $1 at iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday night home games.

Tickets for next Friday's game and all other 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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