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February 14, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release

QUACK TRACKS

Winning Week

The Mallards went 3-1-0 last week and have gone 13-6-1 in their last 20 games.

Streak Stoppers

The Mallards halted Colorado's seven-game winning streak by defeating the Eagles 4-1 at the i wireless Center last Tuesday.

Last Friday evening the Flock won 4-2 in Fort Wayne to bring to an end the Komets' six-game winning streak.

On the Road

The Mallards' seven-game road winning streak ended with a 5-1 loss last Friday at Evansville.

Quad City rebounded the following afternoon with a 5-3 win in Dayton.

The Mallards return to Dayton to complete a stretch of four straight road games Thursday evening.

Defensive

The Mallards have given up a league-best average of 2.7 goals per game this season.

Comebacks

The Mallards have come from behind in seven of their last eight wins.

On the season, the Mallards have trailed at some point in 15 of their 27 wins.

Special Teams

The Mallards have given up four power play goals in their last three games after stringing together 30 consecutive successful penalty kills- a run that ended when the Komets' Kaleigh Schrock scored on the man advantage against Quad City last Friday night in Fort Wayne.

The Mallards now rank second in the CHL on the penalty kill (85.2 percent).

The Flock ranks twelfth on the power play (16.9 percent).

G-Man

Eric Giosa (23-18-41) now leads the Mallards in goals, points and plus/minus rating (+11).

Giosa has recorded points in four straight games (1-5-6) and has scored five times and totaled 11 points in his last eight games.

He became the first Mallard to reach 40 points this season when he picked up an assist in last Saturday night's game at Evansville.

20

Zac Pearson set a new career high yesterday in Dayton by scoring his twentieth goal of the season.

The milestone marker was the game winner in the Mallards' victory over the Gems.

Ins and Outs

Defenseman Tyler Townsend, who had been granted leave by the CHL February 5, was activated last Tuesday...Defenseman Adam Maccarone was granted leave by the league last Tuesday.

Dayton

The Gems dropped back-to-back home games to Fort Wayne last Saturday and the Mallards yesterday after starting the weekend with a 2-1 overtime win at Evansville Friday...The Gems have lost their last four home games...Jeff Jakaitis has been in goal in 14 of Dayton's last 16 games and 22 of the Gems' last 25.

Jakaitis (18-16-3, 2.56, .929) ranks second in the league in save percentage, ranks third in minutes played (2224:28), ranks fifth in goals against average and is tied for fifth in wins...Mike Vaskivuo (18-24-42) is Dayton's top point scorer...The Gems acquired forward Damian Surma (22-16-38) from Evansville last Monday in exchange for Erik Boisvert.

Surma picked up one assist while playing his first three games as a Gem last weekend...Former Mallard forward Chris Lipsett (8-13-21) is on injured reserve...Brandon Naurato (11-10-21) has scored ten goals and recorded 17 points in 13 games since being claimed on waivers by the Gems in December...With yesterday's win over the Gems, the Mallards improved to 3-2-0 against Dayton this season.

Bloomington

Bloomington is tied for fourth place in the Turner Conference with the Missouri Mavericks...The PrairieThunder is fresh off an up-and-down week.

Bloomington was routed 7-1 in Fort Wayne last Wednesday.

The PrairieThunder rebounded to defeat Mississippi 4-3 in overtime on home ice last Friday, only to surrender a 3-0 lead the following evening on the way to a 4-3 sudden death loss at Wichita...

The PrairieThunder has scored fewer goals (125) than any other team in the league.

Bloomington averages just 2.8 goals per game...Jason Dale (15-26-41) is the PrairieThunder's top point producer...Marco Emond (20-11-1, 2.81, .898) is tied for second among goaltenders in wins...The Mallards have gone 5-2-0 against Bloomington this season and have won the last three meetings between the two teams and five of the last six.

Fort Wayne

The Komets have gone 8-1-0 in their last nine games.

Fort Wayne's lone loss during that stretch came at the hands of the Mallards on home ice last Friday...Komets goaltender Kevin Reiter posted back-to-back shutouts as the Komets defeated the Dayton Gems 2-0 last Saturday night and downed Evansville by the same score yesterday.

Fort Wayne has gone 130:16 since last allowing a goal.

The Mallards' Joe Blaznek- at 9:44 of the third period of Quad City's 4-2 win last Friday in Fort Wayne- was the last player to score against the Komets...The Komets are tied with Bloomington for last in the league in goals per game (2.8)...Tab Lardner (22-15-37) is Fort Wayne's top scorer.

Lardner has scored 19 times in 31 games since being acquired in a trade with Missouri in November...Colin Chaulk, who started the season in Italy, has scored five goals and notched 22 points in 18 games since rejoining the Komets last month...The Mallards have gone 6-2-0 against Fort Wayne this season.

The Mallards have won the last five meetings between the two teams.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES

Friday, February 18- Mallards vs. Bloomington PrairieThunder;

Alumni Weekend

Presented by WQAD News 8, 97X and The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus

Mallards alumni will be welcomed back to the i wireless Center for both of the Flock's home games this weekend.

Among those slated to appear at alumni weekend are Andy Fermoyle, Martin Fillion, Carl LeBlanc, Mark McFarlane, Howie Rosenblatt and Sergei Zvyagin.

Former Mallards will be introduced on the ice at the i wireless Center before both the Friday and Saturday night games and will take part in special on-ice intermission events following the first period of each evening's game.

Flock alumni will also sign autographs for fans both nights.

Saturday, February 19- Mallards vs. Fort Wayne Komets

Alumni Weekend

Presented by WQAD News 8, 97X and The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus

Mallards alumni will be welcomed back to the i wireless Center for both of the Flock's home games this weekend.

Among those slated to appear at alumni weekend are Andy Fermoyle, Martin Fillion, Steve Gibson, Carl LeBlanc, Mark McFarlane, Howie Rosenblatt, Kerry Toporowoski and Sergei Zvyagin.

Former Mallards will be introduced on the ice at the i wireless Center before both the Friday and Saturday night games and will take part in special on-ice intermission events following the first period of each evening's game.

Flock alumni will also sign autographs for fans both nights.

Alumni Luncheon: T.G.I. Friday's

The Mallards and T.G.I. Friday's will host an alumni luncheon on Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Friday's location adjacent to the i wireless Center at 1425 River Drive in Moline.

A limited number of tickets to the alumni luncheon are available to the general public and can be purchased by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or by stopping by the team's office at the i wireless Center during normal business hours.

Tickets for the luncheon only are available for $15.

Fans can purchase a ticket to the luncheon plus a seat for the game later that evening for $25; a Mallards cap can be added to this package for an additional $10.

Post-Game Party: T.G.I. Friday's

After Saturday night is game, fans are invited to join Mallards players past and present for a post-game party at T.G.I. Friday's at 1425 River Drive at Moline.

TICKETS

Single Game Tickets

Tickets for all Mallards regular season home games are available in person at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through

www.ticketmaster.com

or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745- 3000.

The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the end of the first period.

Group Tickets

Groups of at least ten can receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of other great group benefits when purchasing Mallards tickets.

Mallard 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 and tickets@myqcmallards.com.

Mini Plans

Mallard mini plans are also available to meet any budget or schedule.

For more information on ticket packages fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364.

ON THE AIR

Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance

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 CHL-TV.

Between the Pipes

"Between the Pipes," the Mallards' weekly television show, has returned on Mediacom's MC22 channel for the 2010-11 season.

New editions of "Between the Pipes" air each Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and are rebroadcast several times each week.

Full weekly listings of "Between the Pipes" broadcast times can be found throughout the season on MC22's website, www.mc22.net.

The program features a condensed version of the Mallards' Game of the Week interspersed with interviews with Mallards Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Frank Anzalone and Mallards players, updates on the Mallards' activities in the community and more.

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