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Mallards Headed to Danbury to Begin Playoffs

April 17, 2006 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) Quad City Mallards

Moline, IL-The Mallards are headed to Danbury to begin the opening round of the 2006 Colonial Cup Playoffs presented by Galaxy One Marketing. The series opens on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (all times central) and continues with Game Two on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live at The Lodge in Bettendorf via the b2 Network. The series shifts to The MARK next week beginning with Game Three on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m.

The Mallards closed the regular season with a pair of one-goal victories last week. Quad City beat Richmond 3-2 on Friday to secure an 11th consecutive playoff berth. On Saturday, the Mallards visited Flint to close the season with a 5-4 shootout win.

Upcoming Games

Playoff Schedule Date Start Time Broadcast

Game One at Danbury Friday, April 21st 6:30 p.m. b2 at The Lodge / WFXN

Game Two at Danbury Saturday, April 22nd 6:30 p.m. b2 at The Lodge / WFXN

Game Three at The MARK Wednesday, April 26th 7:00 p.m. WFXN

Game Four at The MARK Friday, April 28th 7:00 p.m. WFXN

Game Five at The MARK Saturday, April 29th 7:00 p.m. WFXN

Game Six at Danbury Monday, May 1st 6:00 p.m. WFXN

Game Seven at Danbury Tuesday, May 2nd 6:00 p.m. WFXN

--Game Five-Seven will be played if necessary.

--All start times are central time.

--Keep checking qcmallards.com for updates on broadcast scheduling.

The Season Series

The Mallards won both regular season match-ups with the Trashers. On November 4th in Danbury, Quad City earned a 3-1 win on goals by Evgeny Lazarev (no longer with the team), Jesse Rycroft and Glenn Detulleo. In the teams' most recent meeting, the Mallards beat Danbury 3-2 in a shootout at The MARK on March 4th. Rafal Martynowski and Matt Radoslovich scored in the second period to stake the Mallards to a 2-0 lead. The Trashers tied the game on third period goals by Shawn Collymore and Sergei Durdin. In the shootout, Detulleo and J.J. Wrobel scored while Terry Friesen denied four of five Danbury shooters.

Scouting the Trashers

Danbury finished the 2005-06 regular season with the UHL's third best record. The Trashers earned the second overall seed on the strength of the franchise's first Eastern Division Championship. Trade deadline acquisition David Beauregard led the team in scoring with 93 points (41 goals and 52 assists). He earned 17 points (eight goals and nine assists) in 14 games with Danbury. Drew Omicioli led the team in goals (48) and added 39 assists for 87 points on the season.

Tickets

Tickets for Mallards home playoff dates are available for season ticket holders at The MARK box office. Additional individual tickets for season ticket holders will be available for purchase beginning on Tuesday at The MARK box office. Individual tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday and will be available at The MARK box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets including by phone at (563) 326-1111 or on the web at www.ticketmaster.com.

Mallards on the Air

The Maroon Mortgage Pre-Game Show is on the air 25 minutes prior to face-off on Fox Sports Radio AM 1230. During the intermissions, stay tuned for the Swiss Valley Farms Intermission Report. After the game, the All-State Insurance Christy Cox Post-Game Show will air.

Last Week's Games

Friday, April 14th - Richmond 2 at Quad City 3

A playoff chase that ran throughout the second half of the season culminated on Friday night at The MARK. A tensely played affair was settled late in the third period on Matt Radoslovich's 23rd goal of the year. The tally with just 2:17 left clinched the Mallards 11th consecutive trip to the UHL post-season. In the first period, the Mallards took a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by rookie forward Jesse Rycroft. The Riverdogs tied the score 2:15 later on a goal by Mike Oliveira. Chad Woollard reclaimed the Mallards lead with his 44th goal of the season with just 23 seconds remaining in the first period. After a scoreless second period, Oliveira netted his 59th goal of the year at 12:35 of the closing period to tie the game at two. With just over two minutes remaining, Radoslovich took a feed from Frank Littlejohn and found the back of the Richmond net to win the game. The win, in front of 6,091 Quad City fans, ensured the team a spot in the post-season. Motor City's loss on Friday evening clinched a seventh seed for the Mallards.

Saturday, April 15th - Quad City 5 at Flint 4 - Shootout

The Mallards closed out the regular season with a 5-4 shootout win in Flint. For the third time this year at Perani Arena, the Mallards scored in the game's final minute to force the shootout. Quad City grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a goal by defenseman Dan Pszenyczny. In the second period, J.J. Wrobel scored a power-play goal to stretch the Mallards lead to 2-0. Flint fought back on a power-play goal by former Mallard Dave Stewart. With the lead sliced to 2-1, Wrobel netted his second goal of the frame to give the Mallards a 3-1 lead after two periods. In the third, Flint reeled off three consecutive goals to take the lead for the first time. Stewart sparked the Flint offense with his second of the game followed by a pair of Terry Marchant goals (a power-play tally and a shorthanded goal). With the Mallards trailing 4-3, Terry Friesen was pulled from the Mallards net in favor of the extra attacker. While the sixth skater was on the ice, Frank Littlejohn scored to tie the game at four. The goal was Littlejohn's 27th of the year. Chad Woollard earned a helper on the goal to establish a new career high with 76 points (44 goals and 32 assists).

Player of the Week

Frank Littlejohn is the Mallards nominee for UHL Player of the Week. He earned an assist on Matt Radoslovich's game-winning goal on Friday and netted the game-tying goal in the final minute of Saturday's game vs. Flint.

Goalie of the Week

Jason Tapp is the Mallards nominee for UHL Goaltender of the Week. Tapp stopped 32 of 34 shots to earn his career-high 34th win of the season on Friday vs. Richmond.

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