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February 18, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release

QUACK TRACKS

Rebound

The Mallards bounced back from a three game winless streak (0-2-1) with last Saturday's 3-2 home win over Arizona.

Playoff Race

With last Saturday's win, the Mallards moved within three points of the Sundogs in the race for the final CHL playoff spot. Arizona dropped into eighth place with that defeat. The Mallards have four games in hand on the Sundogs. Last Saturday's game was the final match-up of the season between Quad City and Arizona.

Home Sweet Home

The Mallards tomorrow night wrap up a four-game homestand on which they have so far gone 1-1-1.

Upswing

The Mallards have gone 14-10-3 in their last 27 games after starting the season 7-11-3.

On the Road

The Mallards start a five-game road trip- their longest of the season- this Friday night in Denver. The Mallards will also visit Rapid City, Bloomington and Missouri on the trip. After tomorrow night, the Mallards do not play at home again until Sunday, March 3 against Fort Worth.

Suspended

The Mallards' Anthony Perdicaro was suspended for two games after being assessed a game misconduct for abuse of officials in the Mallards' game last Tuesday against Bloomington and as a result missed both of last weekend's games.

The First 1,000 Are the Toughest

Shayne Toporowski played his one thousandth career game last Tuesday against Bloomington. Toporowski is in his first season with the Mallards and the eighteenth year of a career that has seen him play for 16 teams- including the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs- in nine leagues on two continents.

Special Teams

The Mallards have gone 1-for-15 on the power play over their last four games and rank eighth in power play efficiency (14.9 percent). The Mallards have killed off their opponents' last 11 power plays. They lead the league in shorthanded goals (8) and rank fourth in penalty killing (84.5 percent)

Leaders

Mickey Lang leads the league in shorthanded goals (4), is tied for the league lead in game winning goals (6), is tied for fourth in goals (26), ranks seventh in points (57) and is tied for sixth in power play goals (8). Bob Preece ranks fourth in plus/minus (+17) and Mike Hellyer is tied for fifth (+16). Among rookies, Hellyer is tied for the league lead in points (44), ranks second in assists (26) and is tied for third in goals (18) with Mike Stinziani, who ranks fourth in points (37) and assists (19). Matt Duffy is tied for fifth among defensemen in assists (22) and ranks eighth in points (27). Preece is tied for ninth among blue liners in goals (6). John Murray ranks sixth in save percentage (.914) and Neil Conway is tied for eighth (.910).

Milestones

Toporowski played his one thousandth career game last Tuesday against Bloomington... Tyler Amburgey made his professional debut last Friday against Rapid City and recorded his first career point- an assist- last Saturday against Arizona...Duffy has played 199 career games...Terry Ruskowski has coached his teams to 396 CHL wins... Jason Kostadine has played 496 career games... Gabriel Boutin-Gagnon has played 95 career games.

Head-to-Head

The Mallards have gone 2-1-1 against Rapid City this season. The Mallards have gone 1-0-1 on home ice against the Rush. All-time, the Mallards have gone 8-5-1 against Rapid City...The Mallards this weekend make their first ever visit to Denver. The Mallards have gone 2-0-0 against the expansion Cutthroats this season.

Ins and Outs

The Mallards signed Amburgey last Friday...Perdicaro has completed a two-game suspension after being assessed a game misconduct in last Tuesday's game against Bloomington...Gabriel Boutin-Gagnon (lower body injury) missed all three games last week after being placed on injured reserve...Cory McGillis (concussion) is on 30-day injured reserve.

NEXT HOME GAME

Tuesday, February 19, 7:05 p.m. - Mallards vs. Rapid City Rush

2-for-Tuesday

Fans can enjoy $2 beer and soft drinks from i wireless Center concession stands during the Mallards' match-up with the Rush.

Post-Game Event: River House Bar & Grill

Fans can join Mallards players after tomorrow night's game at a postgame event at the River House Bar & Grill. The River House is located at 1510 River Drive in Moline.

ON THE AIR

Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of the Mallards. Mallards games broadcast on AM 1230 also stream live online at www.wfxn.net . A limited number of Mallards games will not air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 due to conflicts with University of Illinois basketball and football. Free audio webcasts of games that do not air on AM 1230 are available at myqcmallards.com. CHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.com.

TICKETS

Single Game Tickets

Single game tickets for all Mallards regular season contests are now available. Fans can contact the Mallards at (309) 277-1364 or tickets@myqcmallards.com for more information about both season and single game tickets. Single game tickets are also available at the i wireless Center box office, at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com 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 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period. Individual game tickets are available for $13 in the upper level, $18 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.

Group Tickets

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

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