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Mallards Sign Rookie Trio PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Friday, 30 August 2013 13:38

MOLINE, Ill. (August 29, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed rookie forwards Brendan Turner, Rob Dongara and Tony Rizzi, the Mallards announced today.

“All three of these guys are very promising young players,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “Brendan is a very good skater who had a lot of success in college hockey and comes from the same program that produced [former Mallard] Mickey Lang; Rob is another guy who skates well and is the kind of tenacious, hard-nosed player who can be very valuable; and Tony has had success in the power forward role not only because of his size but also because he can really shoot the puck.”

Turner, 25, scored nine goals and totaled 17 points in 26 games as a senior at Division III Manhattanville College last season.  The 5’ 11”, 175-pound Tisdale, Saskatchewan, native produced 23 goals and 52 points in 75 games over the course of his decorated Valiant career.  Turner earned a 2011-12 All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference West honorable mention selection after scoring 11 goals and pocketing 27 points in 25 games as a junior.  Last spring Turner helped Manhattanville to the championship game of the ECAC West Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team for his efforts.  He also made the ECAC West All-Academic Team each of the last two years.  Before his move to Manhattanville, Turner spent three seasons with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Lloydminster Bobcats.

Dongara, 23, sat out last season per NCAA rules after transferring from Northeastern to the University of Massachusetts.  In 2011-12, the 5’ 10”, 175-pound Dongara notched a goal and an assist in 16 games as a Husky sophomore.  He scored six times and collected 14 points in 36 games during his freshman season at N.U.  The Scituate, Massachusetts, product skated in the junior ranks for the North American Hockey League’s Springfield Junior Blues and the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s Jersey Hitmen before arriving at Northeastern.

Rizzi, a 6’ 4”, 202-pound 25-year old, scored 13 goals and registered 21 points in 26 games for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology last season.  A native of Kingston, Ontario, Rizzi piled up 49 goals and 103 points in 138 games over five years of university hockey.  He served as an assistant captain in his last two seasons at UOIT and last year won the team’s Leadership Award.

Before joining the Ridgebacks, Rizzi sandwiched a pair of seasons (2002-03 and 2007-08) with the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League around a four-year stint in the major junior Ontario Hockey League.   Rizzi spent his first three-plus OHL seasons in his hometown with the Kingston Frontenacs before joining the Peterborough Petes for the bulk of the 2006-07 campaign.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19.  Mallards 2013-14 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are now on sale.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

 
DEVENSKI, BANDITS BULLPEN HOLD OFF RATTLERS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 30 August 2013 12:59

Quad Cities wins ninth game in its last 11 and keeps Wisconsin one game out of a playoff spot


GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AUG. 28, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Chris Devenski allowed one run on four hits in six innings, and left fielder Danry Vasquez hit a go-ahead two-run triple in a three-run sixth inning that helped the visitors to a 4-2 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium Wednesday night.


Playoff-bound Quad Cities (39-25 second half, 77-56 overall) won for the ninth time in the last 11 games to push its overall record a season-best 21 games over .500. With a loss, the defending Midwest League Champion Wisconsin (30-35, 59-71) remained one game behind Clinton (31-34, 64-70) with five games remaining to determine the final second-half playoff spot in the Western Division.

 

Devenski (4-3) pitched into the sixth inning for a fourth straight start and won for the fourth time in five starts. But he fell behind in the first inning, as Timber Rattlers shortstop Orlando Arcia hit a one-out single, and left fielder Victor Roache brought in the first run with single to center field. Around lone doubles in the second and third innings, Devenski kept the Timber Rattlers off the scoreboard for his final five innings. After a walk leading off the fourth, he induced a double play to begin a string of eight batters retired to end his outing.

 

Timber Rattlers right-hander Austin Ross was sharp for a second straight start against Quad Cities. Having allowed one hit in six shutout innings in Davenport Aug. 12, Ross opened the game by walking second baseman Tony Kemp before retiring 13 straight hitters. River Bandits catcher Roberto Pena broke the hitless spell with a one-out single in the fifth inning, but Ross finished five shutout frames.

 

In the sixth inning, left-hander Alan Williams (0-1) started by walking Kemp, who drew four walks in five plate appearances Wednesday. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez placed a sacrifice, and shortstop Carlos Correa drew a walk. Vasquez hit a ground ball down the first-base line that went into the right-field corner to bring in both runs and bring Vasquez to third base. On the next pitch, third baseman Rio Ruiz singled past the dive of Wisconsin third baseman Matt Garza for a 3-1 lead.

 

Right-hander Richard Rodriguez allowed Wisconsin to come within 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, as Garza hit a one-out triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Max Walla. Quad Cities answered the next half-inning, as Kemp scored when second baseman Adrian Williams misplayed a ground ball. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson ran his hitless streak to 8 2/3 innings with a perfect eighth, and right-hander Andrew Walter ran his scoreless streak to 10 1/3 innigns with a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save in as many nights.

 

Wednesday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Thursday, Aug. 29. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Thursday, Aug. 29.

 

Quad Cities continues its final regular season road series in Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. River Bandits left-hander Joe Bircher (3-3) is scheduled to face Timber Rattlers right-hander Ryan Gibbard (4-6).

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow the game. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. 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. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 

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RUIZ'S EARLY SLAM, MINAYA'S 9 K'S CARRY BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 30 August 2013 12:20

With eighth win in last 10 games, Quad Cities seals first-round playoff matchup with Cedar Rapids

 

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AUG. 27, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits third baseman Rio Ruiz hit his first career grand slam in the first inning and had a career-high five RBIs, and right-hander Juan Minaya struck out nine Burlington Bees in four shutout relief innings for a 6-5 victory at Community Field Tuesday night.

 

Two days after clinching a playoff spot, Quad Cities (38-25 second half, 76-56 overall) determined its first-round opponent with a win Tuesday. The River Bandits will face the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a best-of-three Midwest League Western Division semifinal beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park. Games 2 and 3 – if necessary – will be in Cedar Rapids Sept. 5 and Sept. 6.

 

Quad Cities started quickly against Bees left-hander Brandon Love (4-7), who hit second baseman Tony Kemp with the game's second pitch before walking shortstop Austin Elkins. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez then beat out a bunt to the first-base side to extend his season-high nine-game hitting streak. Love struck out first baseman Bobby Borchering before Ruiz blasted a 3-2 pitch out to left-center field for his first career grand slam and 12th home run of the season. Ruiz finished a triple shy of the cycle.

 

River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor started with a 4-0 lead but allowed hits to the first three Bees batters, including an RBI single by shortstop Angel Rosa, who had seven hits in the four-game series. But Minor induced the first of a River Bandits season-high four double plays to hold Burlington to two runs in the first inning. He also got help from a double play in the second and third innings.

 

Quad Cities briefly extended the lead in the third inning, as Hernandez hit a leadoff double and scored on Ruiz's RBI single for a 5-2 lead. But Rosa hit an RBI double to keep the Bees within 5-3. Quad Cities answered in the fourth, as catcher Jobduan Morales led off with his first triple – and the River Bandits' first triple – in more than a year and scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Jordan Scott – who was the first in a stretch of 18 of 19 batters retired by Bees pitchers. Love lasted six innings, allowing all six runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He combined with right-handers Austin Adams and Jake Boyd to retired the final 13 River Bandits.

 

After Minor gave up a home run to catcher Zach Wright to make it 6-4 in the fourth, Minaya started the fifth inning and struck out the side in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. First baseman Wade Hinkle's eighth-inning solo home run was the last run of the game, pulling the Bees (26-38, 52-77) within 6-5. Right-hander Andrew Walter pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first Midwest League save.

 

Tuesday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Wednesday, Aug. 28. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Wednesday, Aug. 28.


Quad Cities plays its final regular season road series in Wisconsin, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in Appleton, Wis. River Bandits right-hander Chris Devenski (3-3) will start the opener against Timber Rattlers right-hander Austin Ross (2-0, 2.97).

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow the game. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. 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. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 

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Walk & Run for Wishes Moline Early Registration Deadline Nearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Lane   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 15:09
Early Registration for Costumed Walk and Run Ends September 1st

 

PEORIA – Come as your favorite character to the Make-A-Wish Illinois Walk & Run for Wishes on Saturday, September 28 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, and you can make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Individuals and teams can participate and raise funds while enjoying the whimsical nature of the event. General Registration is $25 for adults, and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Following September 1st, an additional $5 will be added to each registration fee. Early registration prior to September 23rd also guarantees that participants will receive a custom event t-shirt.

Stepping off from Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline at 9:30 a.m., the event includes a 5K fun run and a leisurely 1 mile walk around the riverfront area. Refreshments, music and other entertainment will round out the celebration, with prizes awarded for top fundraisers as well as best youth and adult costumes. Additional details and registration are available online at www.walkrunwish.org. There is also an opportunity for “Virtual Walkers,” participants who do not plan to attend the walk event but want to fundraise to help make wishes come true. “Virtual Walkers” who fundraise over $100 for Make-A-Wish will receive a free Make-A-Wish t-shirt! Presented by Unity Point Health Trinity and Tennant Truck Lines, Inc, all funds raised at Walk & Run for Wishes will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.

“We’re excited to present this community event that is not only fun for people of all ages and abilities, but one that really makes a difference for the courageous kids we work with every day,” said Janet Bantz Glavin, Community Relations Manager for Make-A-Wish Illinois.

This year, Make-A-Wish Illinois will grant wishes to more than 700 kids in Illinois who are living with life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, renal disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Wishes can be a turning point in a child’s battle against illness and help children feel stronger, more energetic and more willing and able to comply with treatment protocols. Additionally, wishes empower children to take control over an aspect of their lives while helping them feel less isolated and more self-confident.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish® Illinois grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded locally in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 11,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with special children across the state with help from dedicated volunteers and generous community members.

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BEES COME BACK TO STING BANDITS IN EXTRAS, 3-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:49

Quad Cities loses first extra-inning road game on Burlington's two-out, 10th-inning rally


BURLINGTON, Iowa (AUG. 26, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits were twice within an out of a one-run victory Monday night, but the Burlington Bees had a ninth-inning, two-out, game-tying double by Wade Hinkle, and following a 10th-inning dropped third strike, an eventual walk-off single by Pedro Toribio in a 3-2 Bees win at Community Field.

Quad Cities (37-25 second half, 75-56 overall) had its four-game winning streak snapped one day after clinching a second-half playoff berth. With a loss by Clinton (31-32, 64-68) Monday in Beloit, a Quad Cities win or Clinton loss in the final week of the season will seal a first-round match-up for the River Bandits with Cedar Rapids (42-20, 82-48), with Quad Cities hosting Game 1 at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.

Monday's game started as a pitchers' duel between Bees left-hander Ryan Crowley and River Bandits left-hander Josh Hader. Quad Cities got to the scoreboard in the second inning, as left fielder Danry Vasquez hit a leadoff single, and third baseman Rio Ruiz lined an RBI single down the right-field line for a 1-0 lead. Crowley then set down 12 batters in a row and only allowed one more runner to reach second base as he went on to match a season high with eight innings pitched. He allowed four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

Hader made the lead hold through six shutout innings. He retired the first six batters before a leadoff single from third baseman Garrett Cannizaro in the third. But Hader induced a double play and later picked off a runner in the fourth inning. He struck out six batters – his most with the River Bandits – and only allowed one runner to reach scoring position.

Right-hander Zach Morton started the seventh inning and worked around two hits to keep the 1-0 lead into the ninth. Right fielder Riley Good led off the ninth with a single and went to second base on a sacrifice. Hinkle lifted a two-out fly ball down the left field line just beyond Vasquez's reach to bring in the tying run. Morton yielded four hits and one earned run with one strikeout in three innings.

In the River Bandits' first extra-inning road game since May 31, Ruiz and second baseman Austin Elkins each doubled in the 10th inning on consecutive one-out pitches from right-hander Kurt Spomer for a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 10th, right-hander Patrick Christensen got the first two batters before Bees center fielder Chevy Clarke reached first base on a slow grounder between the pitcher's mound and home plate. Clarke stole second with designated hitter Matt Scioscia batting, and when Scioscia swung at strike three that got away from catcher Jobduan Morales, Clarke came around to score, because Morales' throw got away from first baseman Bobby Borchering. Right fielder Riley Good then beat out a ground ball to the right side of the infield, and Toribio followed by slapping a single through the left side to bring home pinch runner Julio Concepcion for the winning run.

Quad Cities plays its series finale in Burlington at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor (7-3) will start against Bees left-hander Brandon Love (4-6).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow the game. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. 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. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 

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