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Generals Weekly Notes

November 30, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

ON THE RECORD: The Generals had their best week thus far, escaping with a 2-1-0-0 record. After Wednesday's game cancellation the Generals headed to FT. Wayne to take on the Komets. The team played really well but the Komets squeaked by, winning 5-4. The following night the Gens were in Dayton to face the Gems who have had their number all season. But taking the frustrations of losing the night before in a game they could have won, the Gens came out strong taking a 2-0 lead early and finishing with a big 3-1 victory. Coming off of two great games, Sunday's game against Muskegon was a big test to see how the team would respond. The league leading Lumberjacks came out firing, scoring 3 goals in under 9 minutes. Following the 'Jacks 3rd score the Gens made a change in net, putting in rookie Rob Nolan. Nolan shut the door, stopping all 32 shots he faced, while 3 different Gens players scored a goal in each period, with Brandon Gentile tying the game late in the game at 3-3. The Nolan and the Gens fought off a fury of Muskegon chances in OT pushing the game to a shootout where Jamie Schaafsma and captain Pascal Rheaume each scored, with Rheaume getting the game winner.

SCORING SCHAAFSMA: Jamie Schaafsma continues to compile points, getting a point in two of the three games this week (1 goal and 1 assist). He had not scored in a couple of games, but that was the kind of streak he had been on, fans had grown accustomed to him getting points in almost every game.

ROOKIE WEEK: John Mori is the second leading scorer for the Generals with 12 points through 19 games. This week he had 3 goals (one with the man advantage, one shorthanded, and one unassisted) and 3 assists. Mori continues to create chances and skate hard to the net. One of the new faces in the lineup Brandon Gentile has quickly made a name for himself, amassing each of his 5 points in the 3 games this week, including 2 goals against Dayton and his late goal against Muskegon that pushed the game to OT. Rookie netminder Rob Nolan has been outstanding, getting his first and second wins this week. He often looks like a seasoned vet while between the pipes, always keeping the Gens in the game. Sunday he came into the game with just over half of the first period to play and stopped all shots he faced, allowing the players in front of him to slowly chip away at Muskegon's early 3-0 lead and push the game to OT, making timely stops, and only allowing 1 goal in the shootout.

WINNING WAYS: With great outings all week, the Generals were able to string two wins together for the first time this season. The win in Dayton Friday put an end to a 7 game skid. Could Sunday's upset of league leading Muskegon be the huge boost the team has been searching for? The next game is Fri. December 4th, the Generals will need at least a point to really have something going.

MILESTONES: Nate Ward scored his 50th career goal Thursday in Fort Wayne. Tyler Willis needs 3 points to reach 400 regular season points and is 4 games away from 700 regular season games played. Veteran Greg Bullock needs 5 goals to reach his 50th with the Generals.

OUT AND ABOUT: Tomorrow (Tuesday Dec. 1st) Generals players will be bell ringers for the Salvation Army at Genesee Valley Mall from 1-5pm. Players will be stationed inside the mall, just outside the entrances of Macy's and Sears. Thursday, Dec. 3rd, the Generals are hosting their first Player of the Month Luncheon at Wize Guys Pizza from 12:30-1:30, and all are invited.

THIS WEEK ON THE ICE: This week is a quiet one for the Generals, playing only two games. Friday, Dec. 4th Bloomington comes to Perani Arena facing the Gens for only the second time this season. The night will be filled with activity as the Generals are hosting "Pre-Holiday Shopping/Lapeer Minor Hockey/ Season Ticket Holder Bring a Friend Night." Local businesses will have tables set up throughout the concourse prior to and during the game selling various products. Season Ticket Holders can still pick up their VIP Vouchers Mon. through Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday, December 4th until 3pm. Season Ticket Holders are encouraged to use the vouchers to bring somebody brand new to Flint Generals Hockey.

Sunday, Dec. 6th they head to Fort Wayne eager to avenge their Thanksgiving Night loss. The Gens are 0-1-0-1against the Komets, but with last week's performances, Sunday could end with anther upset in favor of the Gens.

All of the games this week are available for viewing through the B2 Networks or just listening live, both options are accessible through our website www.flintgenerals.com.

Tickets for Friday's game and all Generals home games for the 2009-10 season are available at the Perani Arena Ticket Office, by phone 810-744-0580 or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. For group rates with the Generals call the Generals office at (810) 744-0222 or visit our website.

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