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Mallards' Brown Named Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week

January 3, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release

MOLINE, Ill. (January 3, 2012) - The Quad City Mallards' David Brown has been named Oakley Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Week, the Mallards today announced in conjunction with the CHL.

Brown, 26, made 54 saves and gave up just three goals while backstopping the Mallards to back-to-back wins over Rapid City last Tuesday and Dayton last Friday. Brown stopped 22 shots in the Flock's 3-2 win over the Rush and then turned aside 32 shots in a 6-1 defeat of the Gems.

"David was huge for us last week, bailing us out in all situations whether it was on the penalty kill or at even strength," said Mallards coach and general manager David Bell. "He made a lot of big saves and a lot of timely saves when we needed them."

Brown, who split the start of the season between the AHL's Abbotsford Heat and the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers, has gone 3-1-0 with a 2.45 goals against average and .914 save percentage since returning to the Mallards last month. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native's strong play has coincided with the Mallards' rise to second place in the CHL's Turner Conference. The Flock has won four straight games and went 11-2-1 in December.

Brown is the second Mallard to earn Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week honors this season. David McKee claimed the award for the period ending December 4.

The 6' 0", 185-pound Brown excelled last season in his first stint with Quad City. Brown last year led the CHL in save percentage (.930), finished second in goals against average (2.33) and finished tied for second in shutouts (4) while going 17-16-1 in 37 games for the Flock. For his efforts, Brown was named a finalist for the CHL Goaltender of the Year award.

Brown last season was called up to the American League on five separate occasions and played in two games for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins during which he turned in a 3.75 goals against average and .898 save percentage without recording a win or loss.

Brown joined the Mallards last season after tending goal in 2009-10 for the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators, for whom he went 10-19-3 in 33 games while posting a 3.94 goals against average and a .888 save percentage. Brown was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eighth round of the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft with the two hundred twenty-eighth overall pick. Brown spent his first two seasons in the Penguins' organization before landing in Gwinnett.

Brown split his first two pro campaigns between the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. As a rookie in 2007-08, Brown went 9-7-1 in 19 AHL games while recording a 2.34 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. That campaign also saw him go 6-6-1 in 13 games in the ECHL with a 3.31 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. The following year Brown went 1-2-0 in four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and 14-6-2 with a 3.06 goals against average and a .907 save percentage with Wheeling.

Before turning pro Brown enjoyed a standout four-year collegiate career at Notre Dame. As a freshman in 2003-04, he was named Notre Dame's Rookie of the Year after backstopping the Fighting Irish to the first NCAA tournament berth in school history. Brown's senior year likewise proved historic as he was named a Hobey Baker Award finalist while helping the Golden Domers to the first Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and playoff titles in the program's history and another NCAA tournament appearance. Brown set a host of school records in 2006-07, going 30-6-3 in 39 games with a 1.58 goals against average, a .931 save percentage and six shutouts. He led the nation in wins and goals against average and finished second in shutouts and save percentage on the way to earning First Team All-American West honors, being named CCHA Player of the Year and making the All-CCHA First Team. In 111 career games in the gold and blue Brown went 55-38-11 with a 2.32 goals against average, a .916 save percentage and 12 shutouts.

After squaring off with the IceMen tonight at 7:15 p.m., the Flock returns home to take on the Wichita Thunder Friday night at 7:05 p.m.

Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season home contests- including Friday night's game- are now available. Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or for more information about tickets.

Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through 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 and $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.

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