QC Mallards this weekend


Share
Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2013, 6:33 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
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
















 




Local events heading








  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




(More History)