Generals Top Mallards With 6-2 Rout
FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals played in their third game in as many days Sunday afternoon and broke their three game losing streak with a big 6-2 win when they faced the Quad City Mallards at Perani Arena.
The Gens had a great opening period, scoring three times despite going 0 for 3 on the power play. Jamie Schaafsma kicked off the scoring with his fourth goal of the season at 7:23 when a shot went five-hole on Kyle Jones. Bryan Smolinski and Tony Tuzzolino assisted on the play. Quad City's Terri Harrison took a quick pass from behind the net from Mike Zbriger and beat Jean-Francois Labbe at 15:09.
Smolinski got his first goal as a General on the power play when a shot beat Jones at 16:30, Tyler Howells got the assist. The Gens got their third goal of the period from Nick Pernula; he took a shot from the right circle and it took a funny bounce slipping past Jones. Jake Pence and Tyler Willis got the assists.
Perani Arena fell silent at the start of the second period when Quad City's Matt Burke went hard into the boards falling to the ice in obvious pain. Burke lay on the ice for a few minutes before he was helped off the ice and into the locker room.
Flint kept up the intensity they showed in the first and were rewarded with two more goals. Howells got his second point of the game with a goal of his own at the 17:09 mark. Tuzzolino passed the puck across the crease up to Howells who was at the left faceoff circle and he let it rip. The puck went high glove side just over the shoulder of Jones, catching part of his jersey on the way in. John Mori made it a four goal lead for the Gens at 18:32 when the rebound of a Steve Silver shot found Mori out by the faceoff dot to the right of Jones.
Eleven minutes into the final period, Schaafsma scored his second goal of the game when he deked and lifted the puck over the pads of a sprawled out Jones. Mike Thomson got the assist. Quad City answered with their second goal of the game at the hands of Mike Zbriger. Patrick Levesque, Terry Harrison assisted, time of the goal was 16:16.
The only scuffle of the game turned into two. With less than two minutes to play in the game, Flint's Tyler Willis and Mallards' Obi Aduba dropped gloves in front of the Gens' bench. In the midst of all the action, Craig Cescon and Jason Goulet began throwing punches of their own.
Labbe stopped 34 of 36 shots through 60:00 minutes of play. The man advantage continued to struggle for Flint, as they went one of five in Sunday's matchup, one of the power plays was four minutes long.
The Gens will be celebrating this Veterans Day with members of Cavalry House and the Dayton Gems this Wednesday, Nov. 11. There will be a ceremonial puck drop, tribute on-ice poetry reading and much more. Veterans are encouraged to dress in uniform.
Tickets for all Generals home games are on sale at the Perani Arena Ticket Office, through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) or through the Generals website www.flintgenerals.com. For further information call the Generals' Office at 810-744-0222.
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