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Generals Fail To Make Up Ground, Drop 2nd In a Row To Port Huron

April 7, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

FLINT, MI - Despite firing 47 shots on goal for the second night in a row, the Flint Generals still came up on the short end of a 5-3 score in front of 1,707 fans at Perani Arena tonight.

The Generals (29-34-3-4) failed to make up any ground on the Bloomington Prairie Thunder who they trail by 7 points for the final playoff spot. Both the Generals and Bloomington have 6 games remaining in their schedule including what could be a pivotal head to head encounter with the PrairieThunder next Friday night in Flint.

Port Huron, who never trailed in the game, jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Nick Lindberg and Mike Kinnie before Bryan Smolinski brought the crowd to life with a short-handed breakaway goal that cut the lead to 2-1 after one period. Pascal Rheaume tied the game for the Generals 4 minutes into the 2nd frame, but Port Huron goals by Ian Turner and Kerry Bowman 22 seconds apart gave the IceHawks their two goal cushion back. Rick Smith scored for Flint with just over 3 minutes left in the period to again cut the lead to one, as the period ended with Port Huron leading 4-3. IceHawks goaltender Adam Russo turned aside all 17 shots he faced in the 3rd period, and Ian Turner scored his second of the game into an empty net with 1:44 left to seal the victory for Port Huron.

The Generals take the ice again this Friday night at 7:30 at Perani Arena where they faced these same Port Huron IceHawks as they continue in their quest to qualify for the playoffs. Tickets for Friday night's game are available in person at the Perani Arena Box Office, online at or by phone by calling (810) 742-0580.

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