Generals Avoid Elimination, Force Game 6 Tuesday
MUSKEGON, MI - The Flint Generals scored three goals first period goals on their way to a 5-2 victory Saturday night in Muskegon to avoid elimination in their semi-final Turner Cup playoff series with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Game 6 will be played Tuesday night at Perani Arena, and game 7, should the Generals win, would be back in Muskegon on Wednesday.
The Generals came out strong in the first period, peppering Muskegon goalie Matt Lundin with 22 shots. Matt Moffat opened the scoring at the 4:36 mark when he scored on a short-handed breakaway. Captain Pascal Rheaume extended the lead to 2-0 at the 11:48 mark, only to see former General, Michel Beausoleil score for the Jacks to narrow the lead to 2-1. Bryan Smolinski rounded out the scoring in the first when he scored at the 16:32 mark. After a scoreless second period, John Mori extended the Generals lead to 4-1 at the 1:14 mark of the 3rd. Beausoleil scored his second of the night at the with just under 4 minutes left, but Pascal Rheaume scored his second of the night into a vacant Muskegon net at the 16:59 mark to seal the game for the Generals.
Rob Nolan picked up the win for the Generals who were an impressive 8 for 8 on the penalty kill with the 1 shorthanded goal. The Generals Matt Moffat was injured in the 2nd period and after being helped from the ice didn't return to the game from a hit from behind by Muskegon's Mario Larocque. Larocque was assessed a 5 minute major and the league will review the incident to see if further punishment is warranted. There were also some fireworks near the end of the game when the Generals Brandon Gentile squared off with Muskegon's Robin Bouchard and Craig Cescon fought Matt Krug.
Game 6 of the best of 7 series is Tuesday night at 7pm at the Perani Arena. Tickets for that game will go on sale MONDAY MORNING AT 10am and will be available at the Perani Arena Box Office, by phone by calling (810) 744-0580 or online at ticketmaster.com
Game 1 - At Muskegon 2 - Flint 1
Game 2 - At Muskegon 6 - Flint 4
Game 3 - At Flint 4 - Muskegon 1
Game 4 - At Flint 2 - Muskegon 5
Game 5 - At Muskegon 2 - Flint 5
Game 6 - At Flint - Tue May 4 - 7pm
Game 7* - At Muskegon - Wed May 5 - 7pm
*Game if Necessary
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