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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: DECEMBER 23, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 09:05

THIS WEEK
Friday, December 27, 6:30 p.m.
Powerade Centre, Brampton, Ontario
Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

Saturday, December 28, 6:30 p.m.
Powerade Centre, Brampton, Ontario

Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

Monday, December 30, 6:00 p.m.
Powerade Centre, Brampton, Ontario

Quad City Mallards vs. Brampton Beast

LAST WEEK
Wednesday, December 18
St. Charles 3 Quad City 2

Friday, December 20
Tulsa 5 Quad City 2

Saturday, December 21
Quad City 1 St. Charles 0

Sunday, December 22
Quad City 3 St. Charles 1


Quad City
12-6-5 (29 points)
tied 5th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Brampton
14-12-1 (29 points)
tied 5th place
Coach: Mark DeSantis

QUACK TRACKS
Last Week
The Mallards bounced back from a three-game losing streak- their first regulation losing streak of the season- by scoring two wins in 24 hours over the St. Charles Chill Saturday night and yesterday.

On the Rise
With yesterday's win the Mallards moved into a tie for fifth place with Brampton and Denver.

Playing the Percentages
No CHL club has played fewer games than the Mallards, who boast the league's third best winning percentage (.630).

On the Road
Yesteday's game was the first of four in a row on the road for the Mallards, who are also in the midst of a stretch that sees them play eight of nine games away from home.

Home Sweet Home
Last Saturday's win extended the Mallards' home regulation unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1).

Drought
The Mallards have scored just 11 goals in their last six games to drop from first to fourth in goals per game (3.5).

Blanked
Last Saturday's shutout was the first of Thomas Heemskerk's career and the Mallards' second in eight days. Heemskerk's whitewashing of the Chill followed Ty Rimmer's December 13 2-0 blanking of Rapid City.

Leaders
Among rookies, Thomas Frazee is tied for second in assists (13), ranks third in points (20) and ranks seventh in goals (7)...Heemskerk now ranks fifth in the CHL in goals against average (2.64) and seventh in save percentage (.914)...
Rimmer ranks eighth in goals against average (2.82) and seve percentage (.908)

Milestones
Darren McMillan has collected 96 career CHL assists...Matt Boyd has played 199 career games.

Special Teams
The Mallards yesterday snapped a 0-for-23 power play drought with a Vladimir Nikiforov man advantage goal but still rank last in the CHL in power play efficiency (13.1 percent). The Mallards rank fourth in penalty killing (83.7 percent) and are third in shorthanded goals (5).

Head to Head
The Mallards this weekend make their first trip to Brampton. They have gone 2-1-1 over the first four meetings of the 13-game season series. Gergo Nagy (3-3-6) is the top point scorer in the season series.

Ins and Outs
Heemskerk was called up to the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild last Wednesday and returned to the Mallards last Saturday...Goaltender Michael Meadows was signed last Wednesday and waived last Saturday.

NEXT HOME GAME
Friday, January 3, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. St. Charles Chill
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X
January 3 is another $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.

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 next Monday's game- 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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Mallards Overcome Chill 3-1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 23 December 2013 13:33

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (December 22, 2013) – Mike Hellyer scored the game winning goal at 6:15 of the third period and Ty Rimmer made 23 saves as the Quad City Mallards defeated the host St. Charles Chill 3-1 Sunday.

Hellyer tipped in Nicholas Rioux's shot from the right point to snap a 1-1 tie. Thomas Frazee's empty net goal sealed the victory with just three seconds left on the clock.

The two clubs entered the third period deadlocked after swapping second period power play goals. The Mallards took a 1-0 lead when Vladimir Nikiforov swept home Jeff Lee's centering pass at 10:48 of the second. The Chill's Steve Anthony replied at 16:29 by swooping around Rimmer to tap the puck into the gaping net.

The Mallards return to action on the road Friday night against the Brampton Beast. The Mallards next play at home Friday January 3 at 7:05 p.m. against the Chill. January 3 is another $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.

Tickets for the January 3 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.

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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PLESKACH, OILERS DOWN MALLARDS 5-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 23 December 2013 13:15

TULSA, Okla. (December 20, 2013) – Adam Pleskach's natural hat trick propelled the host Tulsa Oilers to a 5-2 win over the Quad City Mallards Friday night.

Pleskach snapped a 1-1 deadlock with a point blank power play goal at 6:50 of the second period. He then doubled the Tulsa advantage from the left wing circle with just 14 seconds left in the second. At 2:17 of the the third period Pleskach roofed his third goal of the evening from the slot to widen the gap to 4-1.

The Mallards cut the gap to 4-2 with Darren McMillan's one timer at 10:59 of the third period, but Michel Beausoleil would cap off the Oiler win with by scoring an empty net goal with just 56 seconds remaining.

The Oilers started the evening nearly as well as they finished it. Tulsa took a 1-0 lead just over seven minutes into the game when Kyle Bochek pounced on the rebound after Mallard goaltender Ty Rimmer stopped Bochek's initial bid. Gabriel Levesque tied the score just a minute and sixteen seconds later by cutting across the goalmouth to bury a feed from Gergo Nagy, but the Mallards would have little cheer about thereafter.

The Mallards next play at home tomorrow evening at 7:05 p.m. against the St. Charles Chill. The first 1,000 fans through the doors for tomorrow night's game will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and the Bier Stube.

Tickets for tomorrow night's 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.

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 approaching 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.

 
Iowa PF/QF State Council Invites you to its 2014 State Convention Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pheasants Forever   
Friday, 20 December 2013 09:05

High school shooting teams attending will each receive $10,000 endowment

Iowa Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) invites members, chapters and Iowa’s outdoor community to join the PF Iowa State Council on January 31 through February 1 to celebrate habitat achievements and discuss new ways to positively affect upland game across the state at its annual habitat convention. To register, click here.

“We have an incredible agenda for the 2014 Iowa Pheasants Forever State Convention,” says Jared Wiklund, Pheasants Forever’s Southern Iowa regional representative. “Not only do we have a strong lineup of outdoor vendors and habitat seminars for Iowa’s outdoor enthusiasts, but this year, we have incorporated a major youth component into the convention.”

Friday: Outdoorsman’s Social – Taking place Friday evening, this social will include a large selection of outdoor vendors and artists. For those looking for a new firearm, there will be gun raffles taking place throughout the night.

Saturday: Habitat Summit - In addition to pheasants and quail, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about water resources and fish habitat, as well as, forest and edge habitat for turkey, deer and non-game species.

Have a wildlife habitat question and not sure where to go with it? Look no further. Bring your specific questions or problems to the "Habitat Help Desk" at the meeting to consult with a trained Pheasants Forever farm bill wildlife biologist. Some seminars taking place include:

  • Establishing Upland Cover: Keys to Habitat Layout and Design – Jared Elbert, Pheasants Forever farm bill wildlife biologist
  • Pheasant Plan and WMA Enhancements – Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Shrub Thicket Management for Pheasants and Quail
  • By The Numbers: Upland Game and Predator Population Dynamics – Dr. Bill Clark, Iowa State University
  • Who Are We and What We Do – Pheasants Forever Iowa State Council

Saturday Evening: Iowa Pheasants Forever State Banquet – At the state’s largest Pheasants Forever banquet of the year, attendees will have the opportunity to take home many unique items from the live/silent auctions and win new firearms during the night’s many gun raffles. Additionally, the Iowa Pheasants Forever State Council will present its annual awards for habitat accomplishments.

High school trap teams from across the state will be visiting the convention this year to learn more about shooting sports in the state of Iowa. Through a unique 1:1 matching donation, teams will receive a $10,000 endowment funds which support their local trap teams; all of this was made possible by support from the Iowa Pheasants Forever State Council and the organization’s major partner for youth programs, the MidwayUSA Foundation.

Purchase your tickets for the 2014 Iowa Pheasants Forever State Convention

For more information on Iowa Pheasants Forever 2014 State Convention, please contact Jared Wiklund at (515) 423-4747 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For all other inquiries, please contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s public relations specialist, at (651) 209-4973 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 745 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

 

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Quad City Mallards News and Notes December 19th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:18

Mallards Fall to Chill 3-2

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (December 18, 2013) – Ryan Berard, Martin Hlinka and Kyle O'Kane scored for the host St. Charles Chill and Robert Moss made 36 saves as the Chill defeated the Quad City Mallards 3-2 Wednesday night.

The Chill ripped off three straight goals after Matt Boyd swooped in on goal to bury Gergo Nagy's centering pass and give the Mallards a 1-0 lead just two minutes and 19 seconds into the game. Berard evened the score at one by rifling the puck in under the crossbar from the slot exactly nine minutes later.

Hlinka tipped in a Steve Makway blast to give the Chill a 2-1 lead at 3:38 of the second period. O'Kane scored the third consecutive Chill goal- and what would prove to be the game winner- on the power play from the slot at 14:34 of the second.

Thomas Frazee sparked Mallard comeback hopes with a shorthanded goal from the right wing circle with just over four minutes left in the third period, but Moss and the Chill held off the Mallards the rest of the way, even after Quad City pulled goaltender Ty Rimmer for an extra skater late in the contest.

The Mallards return to action Friday night in Tulsa against the Oilers. The Mallards next play at home Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. against the Chill. The first 1,000 fans through the doors for that game will receive free Mallards knit caps courtesy of CBS 4 and the Bier Stube.

Tickets for Saturday's 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.


One Day Only: Save Big on Mallards Tickets with $100 Ten-Packs on December 26

MOLINE, Ill. (December 17, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards will offer fans the chance to purchase ten-packs of tickets for just $100- a savings of up to $70- for one day only on Thursday, December 26, the Mallards announced today.

Fans who take advantage of this special post-Christmas offer can purchase 10-packs for any seat (except for those on the glass) for this significantly reduced rate and use their 10-pack tickets for any regular season home game- whether those tickets are used for ten different games, all for the same game or anything in between- subject to availability.

The deeply discounted ten-packs will be available exclusively at the Mallards' business office at the iWireless Center or over the phone by calling 309-277-1364 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 26.

The discounted ten-packs will enable fans to take in any of a series of attractive post-Christmas Mallards home dates. The Mallards will take the ice at the iWireless Center five times in January, eight times in February and on eight occasions in March. The Flock will play a total of 14 weekend home games over the final three months of the regular season.

Heemskerk Called Up to AHL's Iowa Wild; Meadows Signed

MOLINE, Ill. (December 18, 2013) – Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk has joined the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild on a professional tryout agreement from the Quad City Mallards and the Mallards have signed goaltender Mike Meadows, the Mallards announced today.

Heemskerk, 23, has gone 5-1-3 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in ten games with the Mallards this season. This is Heemskerk's second call-up to Iowa this season. The Chilliwack, British Columbia, native served as back-up in two games for the Wild last month.

The 6’ 0”, 200-pound, Heemskerk went 14-17-3 with a 3.10 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 38 games with the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls last season. Heemskirk also played in a pair of games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL last year. Heemskerk gave up just two goals while making 27 saves to post a 1.79 goals against average and a .931 save percentage during that AHL stint.

Heemskerk began his professional career in 2011-12 with the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, for whom he turned in a record of 13-12-0 along with a 3.27 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in 25 games. He also saw AHL action for Worcester as a rookie, taking the ice in four games and registering a 2.14 goals against average and a .921 save percentage.

Heemskerk turned pro after four years in the major junior Western Hockey League. In his final WHL campaign, he finished second in the league in minutes (3,841), third in saves (2041) and fifth in wins (36) while recording a 2.94 goals against average, a .908 save percentage and a pair of shutouts in 65 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors.

The 2010-11 season was the second straight campaign during which Heemskerk landed among the league leaders. In 2009-10, while tending goal for the Everett Silvertips, he topped the Western League in save percentage (.927), finished third in goals against average (2.34) and was tied for seventh in shutouts (4) while going 24-12-4 in 42 games. Heemskerk’s efforts helped the Silvertips earn a share of the United States Division title. Heemskerk joined Everett midway through the 2008-09 season after spending his first year and a half in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice.

Meadows, 20, joins the Mallards after most recently playing for the Quad City Junior Flames in 2011-12 when the 5' 9”, 180-pound goaltender posted a 3.39 goals against average and a .904 save percentage in 37 North American 3 Hockey League games.

The Mallards return to action tonight against the Chill in St. Charles. The Mallards next play at home Saturday 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 the Bier Stube.

Tickets for Saturday's 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.

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 approaching 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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