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November 13, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals ventured to Muskegon Friday night for the first time this season and were met with an unfriendly fate, dropping their ninth of the season (seventh in regulation) by a score of 6-3.

Muskegon kicked off their scoring frenzy with their first of four power play goals from David Rohlfs at 9:25 of the opening period. Todd Robinson and Brian Bicek assisted Rohlfs on the play. The ‘Jacks made it a 2-0 game at 13:21with from Muskegon star Robin Bouchard, getting the pass from Todd Robinson. The Generals made it a game with just over a minute left in the period when John Mori's short handed penalty shot opportunity beat Sebastien Centomo.

The scoring continued for Muskegon in the second period, with Bouchards second goal of the night at 7:49. Robinson and John DiPace got the assists on the ‘Jacks' second power play goal. After falling to 3-1 through 30 minutes of play, Flint turned up the heat. Bryan Smolinski pulled the Gens back within one goal at 10:08 with help from Jake Pence and Jamie Schaafsma. Five minutes later, Smolinski struck again tying the game at 3-3, this time on the man advantage. Tyler Howells and Schaafsma assisted on the play.

Bouchard completed the hat-trick, squeezing the puck over Nolan's shoulder after taking the shot from a tough angle. John DiPace and Matt Robertson assisted on the third Muskegon power play goal of the night, pushing their lead to two goals.

Unfortunately for the Generals there was no off switch to the Muskegon offense, and the assault continued into the third period. Travis Banga got in on the scoring action 5:10 into the final phase of the game, once again the Gens were shorthanded at the time of the goal. The Lumberjacks' sixth and final goal that came with just under five minutes left in regulation was the result of a defensive turnover, which landed on the stick of DiPace.

Flint went one for three on the power play but struggled on the penalty kill, allowing a season high four power play goals.

Robby Nolan had a rough night, allowing six goals on 33 shots through 60:00 minutes of play.

The Generals look to put this game behind them when they head back to the confines of Perani Arena tomorrow night for a 7:30 faceoff with rival Port Huron. The game is the first of a home and home series with the IceHawks which will head to McMorran Sunday for a Matinee contest.

Tickets for Saturday's game and all Generals home games are available at the Perani Ticket Office, by phone (810-744-0580) or through Ticketmaster at For group ticket information call the Generals Office at 810-744-0222 or visit our website at

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