QC Mallards this weekend


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Posted Online: March 07, 2013, 9:40 pm
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
Games: The Mallards visit Missouri tonight (7 p.m.) before hosting both Missouri (7:05 p.m. Saturday) and Bloomington (4:05 p.m.).

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

Saturday Special: The first 1,000 fans receive a Mo Mallard Bobblehead, courtesy of KWQC-TV 6.

Sunday Special: Genesis Health System presents another Family Skate, with fans invited to bring their skates and join the players on-ice after game. Davenport's Rivals Sports Bar and Grill also hosts a post-game party for players and fans.

Also Sunday: MetroLINK runs buses between the game and Moline's Rascals (3:40 pick up, 6:50 drop off), Moline's Governor's (3:25, 7:05), Rock Island's Icons (3:30, 7), East Moline's Leisure Time (3:15, 7:10) and Silvis' Doc's Inn (3:10, 7:20). The drop offs (3:45) and pick ups (6:45) are at Centre Station. The fare is $1 one-way or $2 round-trip.

Storyline: With 11 games and three weekends remaining in the regular season, the Mallards (25-24-6, 56 points) try and protect the CHL's eighth and final playoff spot. Missouri (29-21-5, 63 points) sits seven points ahead of QC, tied for fifth, and fighting for the home-ice advantage in the postseason's opening round. Ninth-place Bloomington (26-28-2, 54 points) trails the Flock by a pair of points in the playoff chase. The Mallards are 4-5-0 against the Mavericks this season, including 2-3-0 at home. QC's 5-7-1 vs. the Bloomington, but 3-3-0 at the i-wi. The Flock split with the duo last weekend, winning 3-2 at Missouri but falling 6-2 at Bloomington.

News: The Mallards and Harris Pizza have teamed up for a Puck & Pizza Ticket Package. For any of QC's remaining three regular-season Sunday games, fans receive four lower-level tickets and a voucher for a free large single topping pizza for $50 (a $40 savings). The package is available at the i-wi boxoffice and all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, call the Mallards at 309-277-1364.

Notes: Longtime Mallards PA announcer Guy Perry will miss QC's next five games because of a family vacation. ... Of QC's remaining games, only a March 19 visit by Denver won't be against either Missouri (four) or Bloomington (six). ... QC's won back-to-back games for the first time in a month, with both wins coming in the shootout last weekend. ... A third straight win tonight moves QC two games over the .500 mark for the first time this season. ... Out since mid-November with a concussion, QC forward Cory McGillis has been moved officially to the season-ending Injured Reserve.

Around the league: Missouri's Kellan Tochkin beat out QC's Mike Hellyer for the CHL's Rookie of the Month Award for February. ... Missouri's activated CHL All-Star Andrew Courtney from IR. ... Rapid City's Scott Wray is a point from becoming the 14th player to join the 600-point club. ... Triple-A Rochester has recalled Fort Worth's Shawn Szydlowski. ... Arizona's activated former Mallard Karl Linden from IR. ... League-leading Allen is the only CHL club to have clinched a playoff spot thus far.

Next: QC visits Bloomington on Tuesday.
-- By Steve Tappa, tappa@qconline.com
















 




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