Arizona at QC Mallards


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Posted Online: Jan. 07, 2013, 9:14 pm
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
Tonight: 7:05 p.m. at Moline's i wireless Center.

Radio: WFXN-AM 1230 & wfxn.net. Webcast: myqcmallards.com (pay-per-view CHL TV). Twitter updates: @SteveTappa_DA.

Special: An early-bird meal deal. A hot dog and soda combo costs $2 before 6:50 p.m.

Storyline: The Mallards hit the midway point of the Central Hockey League season by meeting Arizona for the first time this campaign. Currently, the Flock (14-15-3, 31 points) is fighting the visiting Sundogs (14-16-4, 32 points) for the eighth and final playoff spot. QC trails by a standings point but has played two fewer games. The Mallards are 4-2 all-time against Arizona, which hosts QC Jan. 25-26 before returning to the i-wi on Feb. 16.

News: Arizona forward Chad Nehring earned CHL Player of the Week honors Monday. Nehring is the third straight weekly CHL award winner the Mallards have faced, following Wichita goalie Torrie Jung and Allen forward Scotty Howes. Nehring scored six goals and added three assists in three games last week helping the Sundogs to a pair of wins over QC rival Bloomington. Nehring is tied for second in the league in goals (20).

Notes: The Mallards are 7-4-0 in their last 11 games despite facing the CHL's top four teams five times in that span, going 3-2-0 in those games. ... Brett Robinson established QC season-highs in last Friday's win over Denver with four points and three assists. QC's five goals also matched the team's season-best. ... QC went 2-for-3 on the power play against Denver after failing to convert its last 21 man-advantages. The Mallards still own the CHL's worst power play (10.3-percent success rate). ... QC's Matt Duffy, who scored the game-winning goal and added an assist last Friday against Denver, is tied for 10th among defensemen in assists (12) and points (15).

Around the league: The CHL felt the effects of the NHL lockout getting settled Sunday with eight players recalled by upper-level teams in a 24-hour span. Included was Allen defenseman Alec Martinez, who has returned to the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. ... QC rival Bloomington lost forwards Jay Barriball (Peoria) and David Gilbert (Rockford) to the Triple-A AHL. ... League leader Allen also lost defender Tyler Ludwig to AHL Houston. ... AHL Lake Erie has raided Denver of goalie Kieran Millan and defensemen Joel Chouinard and Markus Laruidsen. ... Missouri lost forward Kenton Miller to AHL Chicago.

Next: The Mallards visit rivals Bloomington (Thursday and Friday) and Missouri (Saturday).

-- By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
-- By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
















 




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