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Generals Weekly Notes

December 14, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

ON THE RECORD: After two successful weeks of hockey, the Generals hit a road block, dropping both of their games this past weekend on the road. Friday the team was in Bloomington and failed to generate the same intensity they'd given in their previous four games. The PrairieThunder were able to skate into their offensive zone with ease while the Gens ceased to create traffic in front of Andrew Martin. Sunday they headed to Moline, IL for a contest with the Mallards but once again the offense never sparked and set fire. Rob Nolan, who has taken over the starting position between the pipes, was solid but was again victimized by a spotty offense that scored only 2 goals all weekend and has only scored 11 goals in each of Nolan's losses this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS?: There has not been too much that can be considered special about the Generals special teams. The power play is lacking power, operating at a league low 14.4% while the penalty kill is 5th in the IHL at 79.6% and has generated a league high 4 shorthanded goals.

ROCK SOLID ROB: Despite the added pressures that come with being the starting netminder, Rob Nolan's game has remained the same.solid. How impressive has Nolan been? He leads the league in save percentage with.931 and is second in goals against average with 2.27 even though the team's scoring has struggled; and it has been the offense that has produced Nolan's 3-8-1-0.

OLD HABITS DIE HARD: It's no coincidence that the Generals lost two games this weekend in which the bad habits of the Generals that endured a 7 game skid reemerged. In both games, the Gens failed to get traffic in front of the net, tried to make too many pretty passes, and did not shoot the puck on the net as frequently as they should have. When these issues were addressed the scoring chances increased greatly but were often too late to make an impact.

MILESTONES: Tyler Willis needs 3 points to reach 400 regular season points and is 2 games away from 700 regular season games played. Veteran Greg Bullock needs 5 goals to reach his 50th with the Generals.

THE GENERALS WANT YOU: The Generals are currently accepting applications for volunteer ushers for all Generals home games. Ushers will receive free parking and two tickets for the game. If you love hockey and are looking for a fun work environment, visit our website at www.flintgenerals.com for further information and to fill out an application.

THIS WEEK ON THE ICE: The team has a busy week ten, playing four games in six days, including three in three nights. The four game road venture wraps up Tuesday in Port Huron for game one of a home and home with the IceHawks. The Gens have struggled against their I-69 rival this season as well as on the road; a win Tuesday will be a challenge but is within reach if they play like they did in weeks seven and eight.

Friday, Dec. 18th marks the return of the Generals to Perani as they welcome Port Huron for game two of this week's two game series, and with their last two wins coming on home ice, the return is welcomed. The Generals will be hosting the second "Pre-Holiday Shopping Night" with new and returning vendors. This Friday is also the Toys for Tots drive, so bring a toy for donation and some money to finish your holiday shopping, and come enjoy a great night of Generals hockey.

The Gens head to Dayton to take on the Gems Saturday where they look to pick up where they left off. Despite evenly played games, the Gems had the upper hand in the season series until the Generals last trip down to Dayton when Flint pulled out a much needed 3-1 victory.

Week ten wraps up at home Sunday, Dec. 20th with a visit from Quad City. After falling to the Mallards on the road this past weekend, the Gens look to take back the upper hand. The fan favorite Teddy Bear Toss returns for the 4:00 PM puck drop.

If your business is interested in participating in Friday's Pre-Holiday Shopping event, call the Generals Office at 810-744-0222. For $50, new vendors are able to set up a table to sell their products and receive 10 tickets to the game that night.

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

Tickets for the Friday, Dec. 18th 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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