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Mallards' Jones Again Named IHL Goaltender Of The Week

February 22, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Quad City Mallards News Release

MOLINE, Ill. (February 22, 2010) - The Quad City Mallards, proud International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, today announced that the Mallards' Kyle Jones has been named IHL Goaltender of the Week for the second time in three weeks. This also marks the third time this month a Mallard goaltender has been so honored- Jerad Kaufmann took home the award on February 1.

Jones, 27, last week was unbeaten in regulation (1-0-0-2) in three games against the top two teams in the IHL and also posted his first career shutout. The North Delta, British Columbia, native made 31 saves last Wednesday night in Muskegon as the Mallards earned one point for a 4-3 shootout loss to the league leading Lumberjacks. Last Friday evening on home ice Jones stopped all 34 Lumberjack shots as Quad City blanked Muskegon- the top scoring team in the league- 3-0. Yesterday at the i wireless Center Jones turned aside 32 shots as the Mallards earned another single point for a 3-2 shootout loss to the Port Huron Icehawks. Over the three game stretch Jones recorded a 1.59 goals against average and a.949 save percentage.

The 6' 0", 200-pound Jones has endured just one regulation defeat in his last seven appearances (3-1-0-2). The second year pro this season has gone 10-11-1-3 with a 3.13 goals against average and.900 save percentage.

Jones came to the Mallards after going 9-16-2 with a 3.20 goals against average and a.903 save percentage in 32 games with the ECHL's Phoenix Roadrunners last season. Jones started 2008-09 with the AHL's Worcester Sharks, for whom he went 1-1-0 in three games while posting a 5.20 goals against average and a.756 save percentage.

Jones spent four remarkable seasons at St. Norbert College in Du Pere, Wisconsin, before breaking into the pro ranks. A three-time All-American, Jones won the 2007-08 Sid Watson Award as the nation's best Division III player. The award capped off a stellar senior campaign that saw Jones backstop the Green Knights to the national title while suffering just a single loss all season. Jones went 21-1-3 in 25 games while turning in a microscopic 1.09 goals against average, a sterling.950 save percentage and ten shutouts.

Over the course of his college career, Jones went 87-10-8 with a 1.69 goals against average, a.926 save percentage and 25 shutouts. He set NCAA Division III career records for both wins and shutouts while helping St. Norbert to four straight Northern Collegiate Hockey Association titles.

The Mallards return to action at home Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Fort Wayne Komets. 12-ounce drafts will be available for just $2 at i wireless Center concession stands during that game.

Tickets for Wednesday night's game and all remaining regular season Mallards home games are available at the i wireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets and or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. through the end of the second period.

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