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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: JANUARY 13, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:13

THIS WEEK
Friday, January 17, 7:05 p.m.
iWireless Center, Moline
Quad City Mallards vs. Wichita Thunder

 

LAST WEEKEND
Wednesday, January 8

Brampton 5 Quad City 4 (OT)

 

Friday, January 10

Wichita 3 Quad City 2 (SO)


Saturday, January 11
Arizona 1 Quad City 0


Quad City
16-8-7 (39 points)
6th place
Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Wichita
12-17-4 (28 points)
9th place
Coach: Kevin McClelland


QUACK TRACKS
Last Week
The Mallards went 0-1-2 last week, matching their longest winless streak of the season.  The Mallards did earn single points for last Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Brampton Beast and last Friday’s shootout defeat at the hands of the Wichita Thunder.  Quad City rallied from 2-0 down in both of those games.

 

Tight
The Mallards are one point behind the fifth place Tulsa Oilers (who have played eight more games than Quad City) and one point ahead of the seventh place Beast (on whom the Mallards have five games in hand).


Playing the Percentages
The Mallards, who have played fewer games (31) than any other CHL club, have the league’s fourth best winning percentage (.629).

Ups and Downs
While the Mallards went without a win last week, they have gone 6-2-2 over their last ten games.

 

Shot Down

The Mallards are 2-7 in games that last longer than 60 minutes.  With last Friday’s loss to Wichita, the Mallards dropped to 1-5 in shootouts.  Last Wednesday’s sudden death setback at the hands of Brampton left the Mallards 1-2 in games decided in overtime.


Tight, Take II

Each of the Mallards’ last three games and seven of their last eight tilts have been decided by one goal.

 

Balance

While the Mallards rank in the top half of the league in goal scoring- fifth at 3.5 per game- no Mallard ranks in the top 20 in the CHL in point scoring.  Eight Mallards have 20 or more points- no other CHL club can boast more who have reached the 20-point plateau.

 

Trouble at Home

The Mallards have gone without a victory (0-2-2) in their last four home games- their longest home winless streak of the season.

 

On the Road
The Mallards have won five straight road games for the first time since they strung together five consecutive away victories between November 23 and December 13, 2011.  The Mallards last won more than five in a row on the road when they ripped off seven straight wins away from home between December 31, 2010 and February 11, 2011.

Blanked

The Mallards last Saturday were shutout for the second time this season.  The Mallards were first blanked on November 15 when they fell 3-0 to the Cutthroats in Denver.  Last Saturday’s tilt was also the second 1-0 game in which the Mallards have taken part this season.  The Mallards defeated St. Charles by that score December 21.

 

Stingy
The Mallards, who have given up two non-shootout goals or fewer in three of their last four outings and in five of their last seven games, rank second in the CHL in fewest goals allowed per game (2.9).

 

Goaltender of the Week
While Thomas Heemskerk, who was named CHL Goaltender of the Week last Tuesday, saw his four-game winning streak snapped with last Friday’s shootout loss to Wichita, Heemskerk remains unbeaten in regulation in his last five games (4-0-1, 1.57, .944, 2 SO) and has suffered just one regulation loss all season (9-1-4).

 

Streaks Stopped
Gergo Nagy’s team season best seven game point scoring streak (2-6-8) was halted last Saturday as was linemate Matt Boyd’s five game point streak (2-4-6).  Nagy has produced 20 points (five goals and 15 assists) in his last 18 games.

Leaders
Nagy (+14) and Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel (+14) are tied for tenth in plus/minus ranking…Mike Hellyer is tied for second in game winning goals (5)…Among rookies, Thomas Frazee is tied for third in points (23) and tied for fourth in goals (8) and assists (15)...Heemskerk ranks second in goals against average (2.45) and save percentage (.920)…Ty Rimmer ranks sixth in goals against average (2.86) and ninth in save percentage (.906).

Milestones
Jim McKenzie has recorded 98 career assists…Darren McMillan has played 497 career games and collected 97 career CHL assists…Vladimir Nikiforov has played 297 career games.

Special Teams
The Mallards rank last in the CHL in power play efficiency (11.1 percent).  The Mallards have failed to score on their last 12 power plays, converted just one of their last 25, cashed in only 2 of their last 41 and scored on just three of their last 65.  The Mallards, who rank sixth in penalty killing (82.1 percent), gave up four goals on their opponents’ ten power plays over three games last week.  The Mallards are tied for second in the CHL in shorthanded goals (6).

 

Head to Head

The Thunder last Friday won the first of three games they will play against the Mallards this season.  The season series concludes when the Mallards visit Wichita February 22.  All-time the Mallards have gone 5-11-1 against the Thunder overall and 2-6-0 on the road.

 

Ins and Outs
Forward McKenzie (Wednesday) and defenseman Nicholas Rioux (Monday) both signed professional tryout agreements with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild last week.

 

NEXT HOME GAME
Friday, January 31, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Tulsa Oilers
$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X
January 31 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 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

 

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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Adventurers Race to Win 2014 Chevy Silverado and Weekend with NASCAR Legends PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt DeMargel   
Monday, 13 January 2014 14:21

Enter Great Clips Sweepstakes to Win the Greatest Weekend Ever

 

(January 2014)  - Ladies and gentlemen, start your entries to win a brand new Chevy truck and the weekend of a lifetime with NASCAR legends, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. Great Clips, the world’s largest salon brand, will award the winner of The Greatest Weekend Ever Sweepstakes a 2014 Chevy Silverado worth nearly fifty thousand dollars.  The winner and three friends will also enjoy a two-night stay at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s lake house near Charlotte N.C., a barbecue party with Junior and Kasey Kahne, and VIP passes and tickets to two NASCAR races at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

“We’re thrilled to offer this sweepstakes as a thank you to our customers who have helped Great Clips become a champion brand,” says Rhoda Olsen, Great Clips CEO.  “The contest is an opportunity of a lifetime for the winner to enjoy a gorgeous new truck and to experience The Greatest Weekend Ever with two superstars of one of America’s most popular sports.  We’re honored to have Dale Jr. and Kasey Kahne on the Great Clips racing team. They’re elite competitors who make our race team world-class.”

Steering to Fame

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The winner will ride in style in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The winner and  guests will enjoy a two-night stay at Dale Jr.’s lake house, which sits on the shore of Lake Norman in Mooresville, N.C.  The four lucky people can relax poolside or enjoy water sports before a barbecue party with Dale Jr., Kasey Kahne and members of the Great Clips race team. Winners will enjoy great conversation, photographs and autographs that will surely create lifelong memories.


Stay Ahead of the Pack to Win!

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5,834 WATCH MALLARDS BATTLE ARIZONA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 13 January 2014 14:11
MOLINE, Ill. (January 11, 2014) – The largest crowd to attend to a Quad City Mallards home game this season- 5,834 - thronged to the iWireless Center tonight to see the Mallards suffer a hard fought 1-0 loss at the hands of  the Arizona Sundogs.

The Mallards this evening surpassed the previous attendance high for this season set when 5,325 fans came out to the Flock’s season opener against the Rapid City Rush on October 19. 

Tonight saw the first 1,000 fans ages 12 and under through the doors of the iWireless Center receive free Mallards youth replica jerseys courtesy of Scott County Family Y and the Two Rivers YMCA.  A live auction of the special edition affiliate jerseys worn by the Mallards tonight to benefit Genesis Health Services Foundation’s Flu-Free QC program follows this evening's contest.

The Mallards drew a total of 9,544 fans over the last two nights to their first two-game home weekend of 2014.  3,710 were on hand last night for the Mallards’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Wichita Thunder.

STREAKING ENGELAGE, SUNDOGS BLANK MALLARDS 1-0

MOLINE, Ill. (January 11, 2014) – Andrew Engelage made 27 saves on the way to posting his third consecutive shutout and extending his shutout streak to 206 minutes and 25 seconds and Ian Schultz scored a third period power play goal as the Arizona Sundogs blanked the host Quad City Mallards 1-0 Saturday night.

The win was the Sundogs’ (14-18-1, 29 points) fourth in row, while the narrow defeat left the Mallards (16-8-7, 39 points) without a victory in their last three games (0-1-2).

Schultz broke the scoreless deadlock by tipping in Garret Clarke’s shot with 6:41 left in the third.  The Mallards were unable to beat Engelage even after pulling goaltender Ty Rimmer (27 saves) for an extra with just over a minute remaining.

The Mallards return to action next Friday against the Thunder in Wichita.  The Mallards next play at home on Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  January 31 is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for the January 31 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.

The Mallards return to action next Friday against the Thunder in Wichita.  The Mallards next play at home on Friday, January 31 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  January 31 is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for the January 31 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.

 
Branstad, Reynolds applaud State Fair Board’s decision PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 10 January 2014 13:58

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today applauded the Iowa State Fair Board’s decision to maintain its cash payment system for food and drinks.

“I’m pleased the Iowa State Fair Board has listened to fairgoers’ concerns and decided to maintain its cash payment system,” said Branstad. “When making a decision affecting so many individuals, it’s important to find a consensus. This decision will ensure convenience and efficiency for State Fair visitors.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds, who serves on the Board and joined the meeting via conference call, said, “The people of Iowa take great pride in their state fair, so it came as no surprise that Iowans were quick to express their opinion on the decision. I applaud the board’s decision today - which reflects the sentiment of a majority of Iowans - giving Iowans the ability to use cash for food and drink concessions.”

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Statement by Governor Pat Quinn on Selection of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to Baseball Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Friday, 10 January 2014 13:23

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today released the following statement regarding the selection of Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas to the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

“Fans on the North Side, South Side and all across Illinois are cheering today’s historic selection of Cubs hurler Greg Maddux and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas to the ranks of baseball greatness.

“I can think of few sports moments as electrifying as a Frank Thomas blast or a Greg Maddux ‘K.’ Both athletes were hard-working perfectionists who were dedicated to their craft and their teams.

“This unprecedented day for Chicago baseball fans is a reminder that Spring Training opens in just 36 days and the Cubs-White Sox World Series will be here before we know it.

“Congrats to Frank, Greg, their former teammates and coaches, and their families!”

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