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April 6, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Quad City Mallards News Release

QUACK TRACKS

Playoff Chase

The Mallards are in sixth place, four points the behind fifth place Flint and 11 points adrift of the fourth place Bloomington PrairieThunder and the final IHL playoff spot. One win by the PrairieThunder or one regulation loss for the Mallards will eliminate Quad City from playoff contention, thus the Mallards must win tomorrow in Dayton for the Flock's head-to-head meeting with Bloomington Thursday night to still have an impact on the playoff race.

Ducks Dip

The Mallards have gone 2-7-0-1 in their last ten games.

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Last Friday's 6-0 loss at Port Huron marked the fourth time this season the Mallards have been shutout. The Mallards scored both of their goals in last Saturday's 5-2 loss in Muskegon on the power play and have scored each of their last five goals on special teams. Quad City has gone 147:29 since last scoring a non-power play goal when Chris Lipsett scored shorthanded at 12:31 of the second period of the Mallards' 4-2 win over Dayton on March 28. The Mallards have gone 167 minutes since last scoring an even strength goal when Lipsett scored at 5-on-5 at 13:00 of the first period on March 28.

Closing In

Chris Lipsett (26-34-60) has scored four goals and collected five points in his last five games to pull within one point of Patrick Levesque (29-32-61) in the race for the team point scoring lead. Levesque is tied for fourth in the league in goals and tied for ninth in points. Lipsett is tied for ninth in goals.

White Hot

Justin White (16-30-46) has collected eight assists in his last six games. White is tied for third among rookies in scoring.

First

Right wing Addison DeBoer recorded his first career point- an assist- in his fourth pro game last Saturday night in Muskegon.

Rocky Road

The Mallards have lost five straight road games. Quad City has gone 6-23-3-3 away from home on the season- the poorest road record in the league.

Ins and Outs

Left wing Aaron Spotts debuted for the Mallards last Friday in Port Huron after finishing his college career at Division III St. Scholastica. Spotts also skated Saturday night in Muskegon...Right wing Terry Harrison (chest) was placed on injured reserve last week, joining center Mike Zbriger (finger) and defenseman Matt Burke (ankle) ...The Mallards waived right wing Ryan Fultz last week ...Defenseman Kyryll Katrych (elbow) returned to the lineup last Saturday night against Muskegon after missing three games.

SCOUTING REPORT

Dayton

The Gems have been idle since falling 6-2 in Fort Wayne last Thursday... Dayton has gone 14-33-0-1 in 48 games since starting the season 11-9-3-0...The Gems have not won consecutive games since putting together back-to-back victories January 3 and January 9...Mike Vaskivuo (25-21-46) leads the Gems in goals and points and ranks third among rookies in point scoring...Dayton ranks last in the IHL on both the power play (14.3 percent) and the penalty kill (76.6 percent)...Dayton is the least penalized team in the league (14.4 minutes per game), just ahead of the Mallards (14.6)...Only the Mallards average fewer goals per game (2.6) than the Gems (2.7)...Goaltender Derek MacIntyre (14-31-1-0, 3.35, .902) has started 19 straight games since netminder Ryan Mior was called up to the American Hockey League's Albany River Rats last month ...In 20 years as a head coach Dayton's John Marks has won two ECHL titles and one Southern Professional Hockey League championship. As a player Marks skated in 657 National Hockey League games with the Chicago Black Hawks from 1972 through 1982...The Mallards have gone 4-5-0-1 against Dayton this season.

Bloomington

The PrairieThunder scored a crucial 5-2 win over Flint last Saturday and now leads the Generals by seven points in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot. Flint does have two games in hand on the PrairieThunder...The Thunder has suffered just one regulation loss in their last five games (2-1-1-1)...Only the Mallards (3.53) allow more goals per game than Bloomington (3.50)...Craig MacDonald (43-44-87) ranks second in the league in goals and third in points. MacDonald has scored eight goals and totaled 13 points in his last seven games and enjoyed a four point night (one goal and three assists) in last Saturday's showdown with Flint- as did linemates John Snowden (3-1-4) and Jon Booras (1-3-4)...Booras (20-55-75) ranks second in assists and is tied for fifth in points and has collected ten points (two goals and eight assists) in his last five games...Snowden (29-29-58) is tied for fourth in goals and has piled up seven goals and 12 points in his last six games...Andrew Martin (13-10-3-4, 3.08, .894) has returned from injury to tend goal in six of Bloomington's last seven games...The PrairieThunder leads the league in penalty minutes (24.9 per game). Individually, Justin Sawyer leads the league in penalty minutes (270) while Robin Gomez (215) is tied for fourth... Jarrod Skalde is in his second season behind the Bloomington bench. The former centerman wrapped up a 17-year professional playing career that saw him skate in 115 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philadelphia Flyers by suiting up for ten games with the PrairieThunder in 2007-08...The Mallards have gone 8-7-0-0 against Bloomington this season and have won all seven meetings between the two teams at the i wireless Center.

Fort Wayne

The Komets defeated Port Huron 4-3 last Saturday to widen their lead over the third place Icehawks to four points and tighten their grip on second place and home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs- a potential matchup with Port Huron...The Komets have lost just one of their last five games in regulation (3-1-0-1) and are 9-3-0-1 in their last 13 outings...Fort Wayne allows a league low average of 2.4 goals per game...Tim Haun (25-11-0-2, 2.16, .922, 3 SO) leads the league in goals against average and save percentage and ranks second in wins...Nick Boucher (19-10-1-1, 2.51, .920, 2 SO), the other half of the Komets' goaltending tandem, ranks second in goals against average and save percentage...Colin Chaulk (23-54-77) ranks third in the IHL in assists and fourth in points...P.C. Drouin (23-49-72) ranks fourth in assists and sixth in points...Leo Thomas (29-22-51) is tied for fourth in the league in goals...Veteran Komets Coach Al Sims has piloted Fort Wayne to both the Turner Cup and regular season titles each of the last two years and has now steered the club to the Turner Cup a total of three times. Sims is in the third season of his second stint behind the Komets' bench. He capped off his initial four-year run in Fort Wayne by piloting the Komets to the 1993 Turner Cup. Sims spent one season- 1996-97- as head coach of the NHL's San Jose Sharks. As a player, Sims, a defenseman, skated in 476 NHL games with Boston, Hartford and Los Angeles...The Mallards have gone 2-8-1-1 against Fort Wayne this season.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES

Thursday, April 8, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Bloomington PrairieThunder

The Mallards play the first of back-to-back games against Bloomington.

Saturday, April 10, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Bloomington PrairieThunder

Mallards Golf Towel Giveaway Courtesy of Group O

The first 1,000 fans through the doors for the Mallards' game against the PrairieThunder will receive free Mallards golf towels courtesy of Group O.

TICKETS

Single Game Tickets

Mallards tickets are available at the i wireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets and www.ticketmaster.com 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.

Group ICExperiences

Mallards group packages are fun, easy to plan and memorable and are a perfect fit for business outings, teams, and school groups, family gatherings and just about any other kind of outing. Groups of ten or more receive a discount off the regular walk-up ticket price and are seated together for all the action. The Mallards offer a wide variety of "Group ICExperiences," including packages that provide the chance to sit on the bench or in the penalty box before a game or

ride the Zamboni and much more! The Mallards can also help you use a group outing as a fundraiser for your organization. For group ticket and fundraising information contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364.

ON THE AIR

Fans can listen to all the action of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance this week and throughout the season on 93.9 WYEC-FM and on www.myqcmallards.com. Coverage starts with the Mallards Pre-Game Show Presented by Genesis Sports Medicine 30 minutes before opening faceoff. Live pay-per-view video webcasts of Mallards action are also available at www.myqcmallards.com courtesy of B2 Networks.

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