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February 20, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Quad City Mallards

QUACK TRACKS

Split

The Mallards rebounded from last Friday evening's 2-1 loss to the Thunder in Wichita by defeating the Arizona Sundogs 7-3 one night later.

Tight

The Mallards begin the week tied with Rapid City for fourth place in the Turner Conference, three points behind third place Missouri. The Rush visits the Mavericks tomorrow night.

Up and Down

The Mallards last Saturday completed a stretch of six games in just nine days during which they went 3-3-0; Quad City neither won nor lost consecutive games during that stretch.

Home Cooking

The Mallards won back-to-back home games last week and have gone 5-1-0 in their last six home outings.

On the Road

The Mallards have lost three straight road games and have gone 2-7-0 in their last nine away games.

Firepower

The Mallards rank second in the league in goal scoring (3.5 per game). The Mallards, who have scored 175 goals, trail only league-leading Wichita (180 goals) offensively.

Power Play

The Mallards remain the league leaders in power play efficiency (22.7 percent). The Mallards have scored a league-best total of 58 power play goals, putting them well ahead of the Sundogs, who rank second with 46. Three Mallards- Brandon Marino, Eric Giosa and John Snowden- are among the four players tied for the league lead in power play goals (10).

Best Shot

The Mallards have outshot the opposition in five straight games and in eight of their last nine and take a league-high average of 37.2 shots per game.

Little Big Man

Marino (29-38-67) ranks second in the league in points and goals, is tied for second in shorthanded goals (3) and ranks fourth in assists. Marino, who last Friday missed a game (illness) for the first time this season, trails league point-scoring leader Todd Robinson of Evansville by four and is two behind goal-scoring leader Brian Bicek of the IceMen.

G-Man

Giosa (26-37-63) ranks third in the league in goals and points after scoring twice and picking up two assists in last Saturday's win over Arizona. Giosa's four-point night matched a team single game season high. By scoring for the twenty-sixth time this year Saturday evening, Giosa matched a career high for goals in a season. Giosa is riding a five game point scoring streak during which he has scored five goals and totaled nine points.

Brown Out

Jared Brown (19-34-53) has totaled 12 points (five goals and seven assists) in his last eight games and is tied for ninth in the league in points and assists. Brown is tied for the league lead among rookies in points and assists and is tied for third among rookies in goals.

Snowy

John Snowden (19-25-44) scored twice last Saturday night and is now one goal away from reaching 20 in a season for the sixth time in his nine-year career. Snowden has produced 16 points (six goals and ten assists) in his last 12 games.

Milestones

Giosa is one goal away from a new career high (27)...Marino is closing in on 100 career assists. He has collected 97 assists over the course of his first three seasons.

Ins and Outs

Goaltender David Brown was granted bereavement leave last Tuesday and returned to the Mallards last Saturday...Goaltender Justin Grant was signed by the Mallards last Tuesday and was waived last Saturday...Goaltender David McKee returned to the Mallards last Tuesday after being called up to the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen on February 9...Sean Flanagan (concussion) missed the Mallards' three games last week...Marino (illness) missed last Friday's game at Wichita...Shane Lovdahl (concussion) returned to the Mallards' lineup last Tuesday after missing seven games.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Rapid City

The Mallards have gone 3-1-0 against the Rush this season. Last Tuesday Quad City claimed its third straight 3-2 victory over Rapid City. The Rush secured its lone win so far this season over the Mallards on October 22 in Quad City's season opener. The Rush's Jesse Schultz (1-5-6) and Konrad Reeder (1-5-6) are the top point producers in the season series while Marino (3-1-4) is the top goal scorer. This weekend the Mallards visit Rapid City for the first time this season.

NEXT HOME GAME

Tuesday, February 28, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. Fort Wayne

$2 Tuesday

Fans can purchase $2 soft drinks and $2 beers at i wireless Center concession stands during all Tuesday night home games this season.

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 or tickets@myqcmallards.com for more information about both ticket packages and single game 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 2:30 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period. Individual game tickets are available for $12 in the upper level, $17 in the lower level and $25 for the first row along the glass for adults. Tickets for kids 12 and under are available for $5 off adult rates. In addition, tickets are available to military personnel for $2 off the regular adult rate.

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 tickets@myqcmallards.com.

ON THE AIR

Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of the Mallards. Live pay-per-view video webcasts of Mallards games are also available at www.myqcmallards.com courtesy of CHL-TV.

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