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March 24, 2014 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release

QUACK TRACKS

Dip

The Mallards lost to the Missouri Mavericks three times in 48 hours last weekend and in so doing matched their longest regulation losing streak of the season. The Mallards have just one win in their last eight games (1-5-2).

Clinched

The Mallards clinched a playoff spot last Saturday night when the Tulsa Oilers defeated the Wichita Thunder to render ninth place Wichita incapable of catching the Mallards in the standings. The Mallards, who can finish no higher than fifth place, will face one of Missouri, Denver, Allen or Rapid City in the opening round of the playoffs.

Tight

The Mallards are in fifth place, one point ahead of sixth place Tulsa and Brampton and two points ahead of eighth place Arizona. The Mallards have a game in hand on each of Tulsa, Brampton and Arizona.

On the Road

The Mallards yesterday started a four-game road trip with a loss that extended their away winless streak to six games. That skid is their longest road winless drought of the season. Yesterday's defeat also dropped their away record below .500 (11-12-7).

Home Sweet Home

The Mallards have just one home game left- next Sunday's regular season finale against Missouri.

Busy

Yesterday's game was the Mallards' fifth in seven days and eighth in twelve days. They are also in the midst of a run that sees them play 12 times in the final 19 days of the season and a stretch during which they play 31 games over the final 59 days of the campaign.

Rough Road

The Mallards are also in the midst of a stretch that sees them play 18 of their final 30 games against the top four teams in the CHL- Missouri, Rapid City, Denver and Allen. Wednesday they play a member of that quartet (Allen) for a fourth straight game and for the eighth time in their last nine games.

Shootout

Last Monday night's shootout defeat in Rapid City left the Mallards 2-7 in the shootout this season and 3-10 in games settled in overtime or the shootout.

All-Rookie

Goaltender Ty Rimmer today was named to the CHL all-rookie team in a unanimous vote of the league's coaches.

Streaking

After picking up an assist yesterday, Mike Stinziani has now produced 11 points (three goals and eight assists) in his last ten games. Gergo Nagy's five-game point scoring streak (1-4-5) ended yesterday while Vladimir Nikiforov's four-game point scoring streak (3-1-4) was also halted yesterday.

20

Rookie Thomas Frazee last Monday against Rapid City scored for the twentieth time this season, joining Jeff Lee as the second Mallard to reach the 20-goal plateau. Gabriel Levesque became the third Mallard to reach 20 goals when he scored last Saturday against Missouri.

Between the Pipes

Rimmer had started four straight games before Thomas Heemskerk took the reins yesterday. Heemskerk yesterday made 19 saves while suffering a loss that extended his winless streak to nine games (0-8-1). Prior to his current drought Heemskerk had suffered just one regulation loss all season.

Leaders

Rimmer is tied for third in the CHL shutouts (3), is tied for sixth in save percentage (.906) and ranks seventh in wins (17) and goals against average (2.84)...Heemskerk is tied for fifth in shutouts (2), ranks eighth in goals against average (2.89) and ranks tenth in save percentage (.902)...Nagy and Frazee are tied for second in shorthanded goals (3) while, among rookies, Frazee is tied for fourth in goals (20), ranks fifth in points (40) and is tied for seventh in assists (20)...Among defensemen, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel ranks seventh in goals (11), assists (28) and points (39)...Matt Duffy is tied for eighth among defensemen in goals (10)...Nicholas Rioux ranks eighth in assists (25) and is tied for tenth in points (30) among defensemen

Special Teams

The Mallards rank ninth in the CHL on the power play (13.6 percent) and have gone without goal on their last 20 man advantages. The Mallards rank fourth in penalty killing (83.8 percent) and have killed off 13 of their opponents' last 14 power plays.

Head to Head

The Mallards have gone 1-2-0 against the Americans this season and suffered a 6-2 loss on February 23 in their only prior visit to Allen. All-time, the Mallards have posted a record of 2-5-1 against the Americans. The Mallards have gone 0-2-1 at the Allen Event Center. Allen's Alex Lavoie (1-5-6) is the top point scorer in the season series. Nagy (1-2-3), Stinziani (1-2-3), Rioux (1-2-3) and Nikiforov (0-3-3) are the top point producers for the Mallards... The Mallards have gone 9-2-1 overall against the Chill this season and 3-1-1 in St. Charles. Levesque (7-5-12), Lee (4-8-12), Matt Boyd (3-9-12) and Vladimir Nikiforov (3-9-12) have all piled up a dozen points against the Chill...The Mallards this season have gone 1-7-1 against the Mavericks and 1-3-0 at home against Missouri. Since entering the CHL in 2010, the Mallards have gone 15-19-3 against the Mavericks and have posted a record of 6-9-2 at home and 9-10-1 on the road against the Mavs. Eric Castonguay (5-8-13) leads the Mavericks in points against Mallards while Lee (2-6-8) leads Quad City.

Ins and Outs

Forward Mike Hellyer is on 30-day injured reserve (upper body) and has missed the last 18 games...Defenseman Tyler Yaworski (lower body injury) returned to the Mallard lineup last Saturday against Missouri after missing four games.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES

Sunday, March 30, 4:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Missouri

Fan Appreciation Day

The Mallards will welcome fans to their regular season finale Sunday and as part of the festivities a host of prizes including tablet devices and copies of NHL '14 from Video Games Etc., Visa gift cards from APAC customer services, T.G.I. Friday's gift certificates, hockey sticks autographed by the Mallards and more prizes will be given away to lucky fans during the game.

Skate with the Mallards

Fans can bring their skates to Sunday's game and join the Mallards on the ice after that tilt.

Free Popcorn Day

Fans attending Sunday's game will also receive a coupon good for a free bag of popcorn from iWireless Center concession stands.

ON THE AIR

Fox Sports Radio 1230 is the radio home of Mallards Hockey Presented by Genesis Power Sports Performance. 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 and Green Bay Packer football. Audio webcasts of games that do not air on AM 1230 are available at myqcmallards.net. CHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.net. For a full Mallards broadcast/webcast schedule, go to http://myqcmallards.net/schedule/broadcast_schedule/ .

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 info@myqcmallards.com for more information about 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.

Group Tickets

Groups of at least ten receive savings off the walk-up price and a host of 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 info@myqcmallards.com .

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