QC Mallards this weekend


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Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2013, 6:33 pm
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
Games: The Mallards open a season-long, five-game road trip in Colorado with contests tonight and Saturday at 8:05 p.m. at the Denver Coliseum.

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

Storyline: Fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the CHL, the Flock visits one of the Double-A circuit's toughest places to play for the first time. Denver's expansion Cutthroats (25-21-6, 56 points) are 16-9-2 at home so far during their first season. The Mallards (21-22-6, 48 points) are mired in ninth, three points behind Arizona with a month remaining in the season. QC beat Denver twice in the only previous meetings between the teams last month in Moline. QC won't return home until March 3.

News: Former Mallard John Snowden earned the CHL's Player of the Week award for the second time this season earlier this week. The veteran just missed matching a CHL record with five goals in a 7-1 victory last week for the Fort Worth Brahmas. In all, Snowden had 7 goals and 3 assists during 3-1 week. Since joining the Texas team, Snowden has 21 goals and 15 assists in 26 games with the Brahmas. Snowden had 2 goals and 9 assists in 22 games prior to Christmas before being released by Rapid City.

Notes: The Flock has dropped four of its last five decisions. ... The Mallards have scored only twice on their last 24 power-play chances. Foes are 1-for-their-last 20 against QC, though. ... QC's Matt Duffy played in his 200th pro game in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Rapid City. ... QC scoring leader Mickey Lang is a goal away from matching CHL leader Ryan Menei of Tulsa. ... QC's Mike Hellyer leads all CHL rookies with 45 points.

Around the league: Denver lost the CHL's leading goal-scorer this week when Triple-A AHL Lake Erie recalled A.J. Gale (31 goals). ... Denver re-signed hometown prospect Jeff Neitenbach to keep Gale's spot warm. ... Lake Erie made room for Gale by sending Gary Steffes back to Tulsa. ... Bloomington has released goaltender Dan Dunn to sign rookie backup Ross MacKinnon, who was part of a well-publicized goalie fight earlier this season in the SPHL. ... Out of the CHL for three months following his release earlier this season by Arizona, Mikael Bedard had five goals and two assists in three games last weekend for Denver.

Next: QC pays a Tuesday visit to Rapid City, S.D.

-- By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com


















 



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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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