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October 27, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) - Quad City Mallards News Release

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, October 28, 7:35 p.m.

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City

Quad City Mallards vs. Rapid City Rush

Friday, October 31, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Quad City Mallards

Saturday, November 1, 7:05 p.m.

iWireless Center, Moline

Cincinnati Cyclones vs. Quad City Mallards

LAST WEEK

Friday, October 24

Rapid City 3 Quad City 0

Saturday, October 25

Quad City 4 Rapid City 3 (SO)

Quad City

1-1-0-0, 2 points

tied 2nd place, Central Division

Coach: Terry Ruskowski

Rapid City

2-1-1, 5 points

1st place, Central Division

Coach: Joe Ferras

Cincinnati

1-1-0-0, 2 points

tied 6th place, North Division

Coach: Matt MacDonald

QUACK TRACKS

New Era

The Mallards started life in the ECHL with a 3-0 loss to the Rapid City Rush last Friday.

W in the E

The Mallards claimed their first ECHL win via shootout last Saturday against Rapid City.

G in the E

Joe Perry scored the Mallards' first ever ECHL goal at 15:03 of the first period of the Mallards' 4-3 shootout win over the Rapid City Rush Saturday.

Debut

Evan Mosher made 37 saves over 65 minutes and stopped four of five Rapid City penalty shots on the way to earning a shootout win in his professional debut last Saturday. One night earlier Parker Milner turned in a strong 30-save effort in his Mallard debut.

Firsts

Rookie Perry's goal last Saturday was the first of his professional career. Garret Vermeersch scored his first career ECHL goal in that game. Perry and Vermeersch both went on to score in the shootout. Rookie Pearce Eviston picked up his first two career assists last Saturday.

History

Mallard captain Darren McMillan is on course to play his two hundred sixty-fourth game for Quad City tomorrow night in Rapid City and move into a tie with Rick Emmett- who skated for the Mallards between 1996 and 2001- for fifth place in career games played for the club.

Blanked

Last Friday marked the first time since the club's inception in 1995 the Mallards have been shut out in their opener.

Openers

The Mallards have suffered regulation defeats in each of their six home openers since the team returned to the ice in 2009 following a two year interregnum during which the Quad City Flames competed in the American Hockey League. The Mallards are winless (0-6-1) in their last seven home openers. The Flock last started its home slate with a win on October 21, 2005 while in the United Hockey League when it downed the Motor City Mechanics 4-3 in a shootout.

You Again

Last Friday marked the second straight season and third time in the last four years the Rush have spoiled the Mallards' opener. The Mallards dropped their 2013-14 CHL curtain raiser to the Rush 6-4 on October 19 of last year and lost their first game of the 2011-12 campaign 5-1 to Rapid City.

Outgunned

The Rush outshot the Mallards 73-45 last weekend (33-19 Friday; 40-26 Saturday).

On the Road

The Mallards play their first road game tomorrow night. Last season the Mallards went 14-12-7 in away games.

Home Sweet Home

The Mallards play four of their first five games at home. .

Rematch

The Mallards tomorrow night play in Rapid City for the first time since April 16 when the Mallards won the seventh and deciding game of their opening round Central Hockey League playoff series with the Rush 3-1.

Introductions

The Mallards have now gone 1-3-0 when playing their first game in a new league. In 1995 they lost their first ever season opener to the Thunder Bay Senators 5-4 in the Colonial (later United) Hockey League. The Mallards entered the International Hockey League with a 3-1 win over the Flint Generals in 2009. The following season they began life in the Central Hockey League with a 4-1 loss to the Odessa Jackalopes.

Unfamiliar Foe

The Mallards moved to the ECHL from the Central Hockey League along with six other clubs- Rapid City, Allen, Brampton, Missouri, Tulsa and Wichita- to form the ECHL's Central Division. The Mallards' games against the Cyclones this weekend are the Flock's first against a team from outside the Central Division and two of just four games they will play against non-division opponents all season.

Openers

The Mallards have suffered regulation defeats in each of their five home openers since the team returned to the ice in 2009 following a two year interregnum during which the Quad City Flames competed in the American Hockey League. The Mallards are winless (0-5-1) in their last six home openers. The Flock last started its home slate with a win on October 21, 2005 while in the United Hockey League when it downed the Motor City Mechanics 4-3 in a shootout.

Special Teams

The Mallards killed off nine of ten Rush power plays last weekend and only allowed a power play goal while on a five minute disadvantage. Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel scored the Mallards' first power play goal of the season to tie last Saturday's game in the third period.

Head to Head

In the wake of last weekend's split with the Rush, the Mallards have now gone 13-9-2 all-time against Rapid City. The Mallards have posted a 5-4-2 record in Rapid City.

Ins and Outs

The Mallards today acquired forward Logan Nelson from the Rapid City Rush in exchange for future considerations.

UPCOMING HOME GAMES

Friday, October 31, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones

$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday presented by 97X and MetroLINK

Fans again this season will enjoy $1 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday home games. 97X will follow in the spirit of the evening by presenting hot dog-themed intermission entertainment.

Free Tickets for Kids in Costume

Children 12 and under who wear Halloween costumes to this Friday night's game will receive free tickets to that game. In addition, kids in costumes will also have the chance to trick-or-treat on the ice Friday evening.

Saturday, November 1, 7:05 p.m.- Mallards vs. Cincinnati Cyclones

Military Appreciation Night

On the occasion of their final home game before Veterans' Day the Mallards will recognize the contributions of those who have served in the armed forces. Tickets to the Mallards' Military Appreciation Night game against Cincinnati will be available to current and former members of the military and their families for just $5.

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. ECHL-TV pay-per-view video webcasts of all Mallards games are also available at myqcmallards.net. Tomorrow night's game between the Mallards and Rush will air in its entirety on ECHL.TV and via audio webcast on myqcmallards.net beginning at 7:30 p.m. That game will be joined in progress on Fox Sports Radio 1230 starting at 8:00 p.m. This Friday night's game against Cincinnati will air on Fox Sports Radio 1230 while Saturday evening's contest will not.

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 iWireless 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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