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Mallards Begin Home Playoff Schedule

April 16, 2007 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Quad City Mallards News Release

Moline, IL- The Mallards return to The MARK this week for Games Three and Four of the Western Conference Semifinal Series with the Rockford IceHogs. Quad City trails the series two games to none following losses at The Metrocentre in Games One and Two.

On Friday night, the Mallards suffered a 6-2 defeat as the Rockford attack was led by Preston Mizzi, who recorded two goals and an assist. Mizzi struck again on Sunday afternoon as he netted his third goal of the series and added two assists in a 3-1 Hogs win.

Playoff Schedule

Game One Quad City 2 at Rockford 6

Game Two Quad City 1 at Rockford 3

Game Three at Quad City Wednesday, April 18th 7:05 p.m.

Game Four at Quad City Friday, April 20th 7:05 p.m.

Game Five* at Rockford Sunday, April 22nd 5:05 p.m.

Game Six* at Quad City Monday, April 23rd 7:05 p.m.

Game Seven* at Rockford Wednesday, April 25th 7:30 p.m.

Games denoted with an asterisk will only be played if necessary.

Upcoming Promotions

Playoff Hockey at The MARK

Playoff hockey is coming to The MARK on April 18th. Season ticket holders can use the season ticket holder card located at the back of their season ticket book for admission to all Mallards playoff games. Season ticket holders that have misplaced their card can visit The MARK box office to obtain their complimentary playoff tickets.

During the 2007 post-season, the Mallards are offering the Progressive Playoff Ticket Package. Tickets for the Mallards first home post-season game will be $5. For each home playoff date, the price will increase by $1. For example, in the Mallards opening round series, Games Three, Four and Six (if necessary) will be played at The MARK. For Game Three, individual tickets will be on sale for $5. Tickets to Game Four will be available for $6. If Game Six is necessary in the opening round, tickets will cost $7. This progressive scale will continue throughout the entire post-season. If the Mallards appear in the maximum number of home games (which would be eleven) during the 2007 post-season, a ticket to Game Seven of the Colonial Cup Final at The MARK will be available for just $15.

The Progressive Playoff Ticket Offer applies to all seats, upper bowl and lower bowl, at The MARK. Tickets are available at The MARK box office, via phone at (563) 326-1111 or on-line at Season ticket holder seats will be reserved for the post-season and will not be made available for sale to the general public. For more information on the Progressive Playoff Ticket Offer, call the Mallards office at (309) 764-7825.

Game Three of the 2007 Colonial Cup Western Conference Semifinal

featuring an appearance by former Chicago Bears Head Coach / NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and a Banner Giveaway from Orthopaedic Specialists

Wednesday, April 18th 7:00 p.m. at The MARK

The Mallards host Rockford for the first time this post-season on Wednesday night. Fans in attendance will receive banners from Orthopaedic Specialists. Former Chicago Bears Head Coach Mike Ditka will be on hand as part of the Travis Hearn Gala that will precede the game. Tickets for the Travis Hearn Gala are still available. Call (309) 764-7825 for more information.

Upcoming Games

Game Three of the 2007 Colonial Cup Western Conference Semifinal

Wednesday, April 18th 7:00 p.m. at The MARK

The Mallards make their home playoff debut on Wednesday night. The Mallards are 40-24 all-time on home ice during the post-season.

Game Four of the 2007 Colonial Cup Western Conference Semifinal

Friday, April 20th 7:00 p.m. at The MARK

The Mallards play Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinal vs. Rockford on Friday night at The MARK. It will mark the 98th all-time meeting between the rivals.

Game Five of the 2007 Colonial Cup Western Conference Semifinal (if necessary)

Sunday, April 22nd 5:05 p.m. at The Metrocentre in Rockford, Illinois

The scene for the Western Conference Semifinal shifts back to Rockford for a Sunday afternoon showdown between the Mallards and Hogs.

Duck Talk on the Air

Duck Talk is back at The Blackbear Lounge at The Lodge tonight. Mallards Head Coach Brian Curran, forwards Don Parsons and Matt Radoslovich and defenseman Steve MacIntyre will join host Aaron Roof. The show begins at 6:00 p.m. at The Blackbear Lounge at The Lodge. Duck Talk can also be heard on Fox Sports Radio AM 1230.

Last Week's Games

Game One of the 2007 Colonial Cup Western Conference Semifinal

Friday, April 13th - Quad City 2 at Rockford 6

The Rockford IceHogs took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven opening round series with the Mallards following a 6-2 win on Friday night at The Metrocentre. Preston Mizzi scored twice and added an assist in the win. In the first period, the Hogs outshot Quad City 19-9 and captured a 1-0 lead after one on Mizzi's first goal of the night. Brett Pilkington tied the game at one just 12 seconds into the second when he scored on a breakaway from Chad Woollard and Sergei Durdin. Following Pilkington's goal, the Hogs ran off three unanswered tallies to assume control of the game. Mizzi netted his second goal of the night just 23 seconds after Pilkington's tally to put Rockford up 2-1. Nicolas Corbeil scored shorthanded at 4:50 of the period and Chaz Johnson added a 4-on-4 goal at 16:51 of the second to put the Hogs up 4-1. Blake Stewart scored Quad City's second goal with 2:05 left in the second to pull the Mallards within two as the third period began. The Hogs scored the only goals of the closing period as Kevin Ulanski and Bruce Watson netted their first tallies of the post-season to set the final at 6-2.

Game Two of the 2007 Colonial Cup Western Conference Semifinal

Saturday, April 15th - Quad City 1 at Rockford 3

The Hogs took a two games to none lead in their opening round series vs. Quad City with a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon at The Metrocentre. Preston Mizzi had a hand in each of the Hogs goals as he recorded a goal with two assists. The Mallards outplayed Rockford in the first period and earned a 19-11 shot advantage after one period. The Hogs were held up by a fantastic opening period by Frederic Cloutier, who stopped 19 first period shots. Bruce Watson scored the only goal of the first frame when he took a feed from Preston Mizzi following a Mallards turnover. In the second, Jason Tapp stopped all 15 shots he faced to allow the Mallards a chance to get back in the game. Sean Starke netted the equalizer for Quad City on a Mallards power play at 12:45 of the second. The period ended with the game knotted at one. In the third period, the Hogs earned the victory on a pair of goals in the final 4:32. Jesse Bennefield scored his first goal of the series on a behind-the-net feed from Jason Ralph at 15:28 of the third to give the Hogs the lead at 2-1. Mizzi added an insurance marker with 1:33 left to secure the win.

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