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MALLARDS WEEKLY UPDATE: NOVEMBER 18, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:24

THIS WEEK
Friday, November 22, 8:05 p.m. 
Tim's Toyota Center, Prescott Valley, Arizona
Quad City Mallards vs. Arizona Sundogs

Saturday, November 23, 8:05 p.m. 
Tim's Toyota Center, Prescott Valley, Arizona
Quad City Mallards vs. Arizona Sundogs 

LAST WEEK
Friday, November 15
Denver 3 Quad City 0

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

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

Arizona
4-8-1 (9 points)
tied 4th place
Coach: Kevin Colley


QUACK TRACKS
Splitsville
The Mallards last weekend split a pair of games with the Cutthroats in Denver. The Mallards rebounded from a 3-0 shutout loss last Friday to defeat Denver 3-2 in a shootout one night later.

On the Road
Last Saturday's win was the Mallards' first road victory of the season. The Mallards have started a stretch of five straight road games 1-1-0.

Fish Foursome
The Mallards went 3-1-0 over a stretch of four consecutive games against Denver that concluded last weekend.

Blanked
The Mallards last Friday were shut out for the first time since they were blanked 4-0 in Allen by Aaron Dell and the Americans on December 31, 2013.

Goals, Goals, Goals
The Mallards scored a total of two regulation goals last weekend after scoring at least four goals in six of their first seven games. The Mallards remain the league leaders in goals (4.1) per game despite the fact that no Mallard ranks in the top 15 in the CHL in goal scoring.

Shootout
The Mallards are now 1-1 in shootouts this season. The Mallards outscored Denver 2-1 in the shootout last Saturday after dropping their first shootout October 27 in St. Charles. Mike Hellyer led off and scored in both of those shootouts. Gabriel Levesque became the only other Mallard to score in a shootout this season when he provided the game winner last Saturday.

Six Shooter
Vladimir Nikiforov's team season best six-game point-scoring streak (3-7-10) was halted last Friday.

Between The Pipes
Ty Rimmer has made three straight starts in goal and has posted a .919 save percentage while giving up three goals or fewer in each of those three outings. The rookie last Saturday earned his first career shootout win.

Leaders
Nicholas Rioux (+8) is tied for fifth in the CHL in plus/minus rating...Jim McKenzie is tied for ninth in penalty minutes (34).

Milestones
Gabriel Levesque has played 99 career games...Matt Duffy has notched 98 career points...Darren McMillan has collected 95 career CHL assists.

Special Teams
The Mallards rank fifth in the CHL in power play efficiency (16.4 percent) and lead the league in power plays per game (6.1). While the Mallards did end a 0-for-16 power play drought with a man advantage goal from Nicholas Rioux last Saturday, Quad City has gone just 1-for-19 on the power play over its last three games. The Mallards, who have allowed at least one power play goal in each of their last eight games, rank eighth in penalty killing (80.4 percent).

Head to Head
The Mallards this weekend meet the Sundogs for the first time this season. The Mallards last season went 2-0-2 overall and 1-0-1 on the road against Arizona. All-time the Mallards have gone 5-2-2 against the Sundogs and have posted a 2-1-1 record in Prescott Valley. After this weekend the Mallards will not see Arizona again until the Sundogs visit the iWireless Center three times in eight days in February to wrap up the season series.

Ins and Outs
Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk was signed to a professional tryout agreement by the American Hockey League's Iowa Wild last Friday and served as the Wild's back-up in a pair of games last weekend before returning to the Mallards yesterday...The Mallards signed goaltender Casey Sherwood last Friday and waived him upon Heemskerk's return. Sherwood did not see any game action in Denver.

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
The Teddy Bear Toss will make its annual return when the Mallards do battle with the Tulsa Oilers on November 30. 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.

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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BANDITS' NEW LOGOS TELL MORE OF THE STORY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 18 November 2013 15:45
Team updates primary logo, adds new alternates and a brand-new amusements ensignia

DAVENPORT, Iowa (NOV. 18, 2013) – While the Quad Cities River Bandits franchise and Modern Woodmen Park expand their array of entertainment, the team is growing its logo mark lineup, as General Manager Andrew Chesser revealed new logos at a press conference in the sports lounge of Modern Woodmen Park Monday afternoon.

The updated primary logo, largely similar to the team's leading mark of the past six years, now has two arches of the iconic Centennial Bridge that is a signature of the ballpark's backdrop and synonomous with the Quad Cities. The team and Main Street Amusements also unveiled a new logo for the amusements that began arriving at Modern Woodmen Park last season and will continue into next season. The team's raccoon mascot, Rascal the River Bandit, is carrying a baseball while riding in a gondola of the Ferris wheel set to open next spring.

“The new logos tell more of the story of the Quad Cities and the River Bandits, while building upon the marks that make the River Bandits brand so popular,” said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “We are incorporating the natural setting by the Mississippi and newest developments with amusements to highlight what makes Modern Woodmen Park unique and the country's Best Minor League Ballpark.”

One of the new alternate logos has a baseball with bandana – a continuing theme from the original River Bandits logo of 1992-2003 – splashing into the water of the Mississippi River. It is the first River Bandits logo to signify the river itself. Another alternate logo has the clawed hand of the team's raccoon mascot catching a baseball. In the third alternate logo that will go on batting practice caps, the raccoon is swinging a bat.

“These logos are a fresh look at the River Bandits, incorporating both our community and history as an organization, as well as the growth still ahead,” Chesser said. “We are excited to see these new logos around the ballpark and the community as we approach next season.”

One Step Printing in Davenport provided displays of the new team logo at Monday's press conference. Team merchandise items with the new logos were also on display.

Merchandise items with the new logos are now available in the River Bandits team store – open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday at Modern Woodmen Park – as well as the online team store at www.riverbandits.com.

The River Bandits, the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, will open the 2014 Midwest League season at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday, April 3. A full schedule of home and road games for 2014 is available at www.riverbandits.com, and ticket plans for the 2014 season are now on sale.

UP NEXT: Lock in your season ticket plan – with new lower prices – for the 2014 season! A deposit of $25 per seat by December 31 enters you in a drawing for a free suite rental at an April 2014 home game. Call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 or visit www.riverbandits.com to download the season ticket order form. 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: 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 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 300-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.

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Mallards vs Denver weekend results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 18 November 2013 13:31

Mallards Edge Denver in Shootout

DENVER, Colo. (November 16, 2013) – Mike Hellyer and Gabriel Levesque- who provided the game winner- both converted penalty shots and Ty Rimmer stopped five of six Denver Cutthroat penalty shots after making 23 saves in regulation and overtime as the Quad City Mallards defeated the host Cutthroats 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night.

Only Garett Bembridge buried a penalty shot for the Cutthroats, who did earn one point for the shootout loss.

The game reached the shootout even though Denver outshot the Mallards 13-2 in the third period and overtime. The Cutthroats produced the only goal of the third period while on the power play just 50 seconds into the final frame of regulation. Daniel Maggio deadlocked the contest at two with a drive from the blue line THAT sailed over the net, off the back glass, off a Mallard skate and just over the goal line.

Maggio provided that fluke response after the Mallards scored twice in 27 seconds late in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Nicholas Rioux's power play blast from the top of the right wing circle evened the score at 18:18 of the second. At 18:45 Matt Boyd pounced on a rebound to break the tie.

A.J. Gale scored the first goal of the night by wristing home Bembridge's centering pass at 10:07 of the first period.

Mallards Blanked in Denver

DENVER, Colo. (November 15, 2013) – Kieran Millan stopped all 30 shots he faced and Garett Bembridge scored twice and added an assist as the host Denver Cutthroats blanked the Quad City Mallards 3-0 Friday night.

The Cutthroats were on the power play when Bembridge broke a scoreless deadlock with a one-timer from the left wing circle at 1:59 of the second period.

Millan was at his busiest in the third period, making 12 saves to set the stage for his teammates to put the Mallards away with a pair of goals. Bembridge scored his and the Cutthroats' second from the slot at 9:12 of the third and Michael Schumacher's point-blank man advantage goal capped off the win for Denver with 2:40 left in the contest.

The Mallards and Cutthroats meet again tomorrow night in Denver. The Mallards next play at home on 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 the November 29 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.

The Mallards and Cutthroats meet again tomorrow night in Denver. The Mallards next play at home on 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 the November 29 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.

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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Heemskerk to Iowa Wild Mallards Sign Sherwood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 18 November 2013 13:29

MOLINE, Ill. (November 15, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards today announced goaltender Thomas Heemskerk has been signed to a professional tryout agreement by the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. The Mallards also announced they have signed goaltender Casey Sherwood.

In three games with the Mallards this season Heemskirk has gone 2-0-0 with a 2.92 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.  The 23-year old Chilliwack, British Columbia, native has stopped 59 of the 62 shots he has faced while winning each of his last two starts.

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.

Sherwood, a 28-year old product of Littleton, Colorado, has joined the Mallards in Denver where the Flock will meet the Denver Cutthroats tonight and tomorrow night. Sherwood is set to suit up for the Mallards against Denver after last week serving as the Cutthroats' back-up goaltender for a pair of games- both on by the Mallards- in the Quad Cities.  Sherwood was waived by the Cutthroats Wednesday when Kieran Millen returned to Denver after a call-up to the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters.

Last season Sherwood had stints as a short-term back-up for both the Cutthroats and the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL without seeing any game action.  He also briefly donned the Grizzlies' colors without getting into a game in 2011-12.

The Mallards next play at home on 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 the November 29 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.

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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Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Tips PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Larry Whiteley   
Friday, 15 November 2013 13:57

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Tips presents free, seasonal how-to tips from professional fishing and hunting experts.  Each weekly tip offers practical advice to improve your skills.

Tips offered for December include:

• As the temperature drops and cold sets in crappies know where to hide.  Get expert advice on the best places to find crappies this season from Stacey King, member of the Bass Pro Shops National Fishing team.

• Bill Dance, host of “Bill Dance Fishing” knows how to catch big catfish even in the winter months and shares some of his secrets.

• Lake not ice-covered, or not yet anyway?  Then there is still time to fish like a pro for some quality winter bass.  Kevin VanDam, member of the Bass Pro Shops National Fishing team gives specific ideas on how to reel in a big one.

• Deer hunting techniques change with animal's seasonal patterns. Scouting known food plots and heavy cover are some of the December deer hunting tips shared by RedHead© Pro Hunting team member Jim Ryan.

• Backpacking in the winter can offer hunters insight on how animals travel and behave in the area during the cold months.  Larry Whiteley, host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio show, offers tips on how to use the unique insight winter backpacking offers.

 
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