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Generals Struggles Continue With Loss In Dayton

October 25, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals, proud members of the IHL, finished their three game set weekend with a 5-4 loss on Sunday evening when they took on the Dayton Gems at Hara Arena. The loss is the fourth straight for the Generals who dropped to 1-4-0-0 with Sunday's defeat.

The scoring judges were busy in the first period with five goals being scored between the two teams. Things did not start well for the Generals, finding themselves in the penalty box early. With Jozef Wagenhoffer sitting for two for interference, Dayton's Greg Labenski put the Gems on the boards first with a score at the 1:18 mark. The Generals answered .38 seconds later when a Pascal Rheaume shot found beat Gems netminder Ryan Mior. Tyler Howells and John Mori chipped in on the goal getting the assists.

Less than two minutes after Rheaume tied the game, Howells got a goal of his own on the power play at 3:47. Flint veteran Greg Bullock and Jamie Schaafsma assisted on the play. Dayton also took advantage of being a man up when John Snowden lit the lamp at 8:04. The scoring frenzy in the first finally concluded with Flint taking a 3-2 lead off a goal from Jake Pence when John Ronan found Pence in the slot.

The first period saw five Flint penalties, including a five minute spearing major and game misconduct assessed to Jamie Schaafsma. The Generals have had found themselves in penalty trouble too often so far in this short season.

Things settled down in the second period with only two goals, both belonging to the Gems. Joe VanCulin took advantage of Flint's inability to clear their zone, beating Jean-Francois Labbe at 8:24. Two minutes and thirty-four seconds later, Labenski got his second goal and third point of the night when his shot squeezed through the pads of Labbe; Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn and Danny LaPointe were credited with the assists. Flint was unable to find the back of the net in the second, but found the penalty box two more times for their sixth and seventh (of eight) penalties of the game.

Flint headed into the third down 4-3 but just .51 seconds after the puck hit the ice, Mike Vaskivuo gave Dayton a two goal lead and put the game seemingly out of reach for the Generals. With less than three minutes on the clock and Labbe on the bench, John Ronan pulled the Gens within one but it was too late.

The Generals were only able to generate 29 shots on goal compared to Dayton's 40. Flint has been outshot by opponents in every game thus far. They look to turn things around next weekend when they head to the i wireless Center in Moline, Illinois Friday, Oct. 30th to take on the Quad City Mallards followed by a game in Bloomington, face the PrairieThunder.

Flint's next home game is Friday, Nov. 6th when they host the two time defending Turner Cup Champion Fort Wayne Komets. The Generals are offering a special group rate for this big game. Groups of ten (10) or more can get seats for just $5 a seat. The deadline for this offer is Nov. 5th, for more information call the Generals Office at 810-744-0222. Tickets for Nov. 6thand all other Generals home games are available at the Perani Arena Ticket Office or through Ticketmaster (

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