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Generals Fall 3-2 To Dayton In Shootout

November 11, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals celebrated Veteran's Day on Wednesday at Perani Arena but came out on the loosing end of a 3-2 shootout versus the Dayton Gems. It was Flint's second shootout loss this season.

The small but spirited crowd of 1,089 showed their appreciation of all military personnel past and present with a candlelit moment of silence and great applause following the National Anthem. The fans were boisterous again following an early Gens goal off the stick of John Ronan. Ronan benefited from a defensive turnover, Ryan Mior had the initial save but the puck took a funny bounce and went over his head, giving Ronan his second goal of this still young season.

Play was pretty tight in the second period, with the Generals not recording a shot in the period until the last five minutes, and only amassing 4 shots total for the period compared to Dayton's 8. With three minutes to play in the middle stanza, Flint netminder Jean-Francois Labbe slashed Gems left winger Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn and when Labbe turned his back Versteeg-Lytwyn jumped on him. Craig Cescon came to the defense of Labbe roughing up Labbe's aggressor. The slash by agitated Labbe landed Flint down a man.

After being down 1-0 since early in the first, Dayton managed to tie the game at 5:09 of the third. John Snowden held onto the puck long enough to pull Labbe down to the ice before lifting his shot and the puck over the veteran goaltender. Jonathon Ornelas assisted on the play.

The Gens answered with their second goal just over two minutes later regaining the lead. Alec Kirschner, one of two new faces in the Flint locker room, scored from the slot stick side netting his first goal in a Generals jersey. Greg Bullock and Pascal Rheaume got the assists.

The Gems refused to go away, tying the game once again with a wraparound power play goal from Matt Auffrey at 12:04. Michael Mullen and Greg Labenski each added an assist. Auffrey's goal sent the game into five minutes of overtime play but no decision was reached, forcing the Generals into their second shootout of the season. And for the second time, the Gens went 0-3 in their attempts. Dayton's second shooter Edgards Brancis would be the hero for the Gems, giving them the 3-2 victory.

Labbe looked fantastic, stopping 35 of the 37 shots that came his way through 64:57 minutes of play; including a shot that trickled through and was at the goal line before he noticed it.

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