Generals fly past IceHawks
Lapeer, MI- The Flint Generals and Port Huron IceHawks played each other for the second night in a row, facing off at the Polar Palace in Lapeer (where Flint's training camp is being held this season). But it was Flint that came out on top this time beating Port Huron convincingly, winning 6-2.
The Generals began their scoring frenzy with a late first period goal from defenseman Tyler Howells. Howells beat IceHawks netminder Larry Sterling with a shot from the left face-off circle with just .58 seconds remaining in the opening period. Both Pascal Rheaume and Ondrej Martinka assisted on the goal.
The second period would prove to be the busiest for the Generals and deadliest for the IceHawks, with Flint scoring four of their six goals. Rheaume would get his first of two goals at the 4:45 mark of the period with assists from Jamie Schaafsma and Kevin Galerno. Flint was able to kill off two penalties to hold onto their 2-0 lead. Lucas Shott scored next at the 14:25 mark with a shot from the left corner that banked off the netminder and went through his five-hole.
Port Huron scored their first of two goals late in the middle stanza with a glove side shot from Mike Gershon that went off the arm of Flint goalie Jean-Francois Labbe and in the net, with Jamie Lovell getting the assist. But Flint was not done peppering goalie A.J. Bucchino. Solomon McCann would score with a one-timer during a 5 on 3 power play from the left circle with less than three minutes to go. Tony Tuzzolino and Tyler Howells assisting on the goal. Second period scoring would end with .36 seconds remaining with a re-direction off the stick of Rheaume, getting his second of the night. Schaafsma and Galerno got the assists.
The Generals would get their final tally of the evening when with Flint short-handed, forward John Mori found himself on a breakaway and hit the back of the net at 11:47 of the third. Then with .25 seconds left on the clock, Mikael Bedard scored for the IceHawks with a power play goal.
Labbe played the first two periods for Flint, stopping 15 of the 16 shots he faced while Nick Niedert finished the game stopping 12 of 13 shots.
The gloves only dropped once tonight, when Eli King of the Generals went head-to-head against Rob Cowan in the second of the third period.
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