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Generals Weekly Notes

January 4, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

ON THE RECORD: Week twelve of the 2009-10 season was a long one for the Generals, not because they played a ton of games, but because each of their games was decided with a shootout.

Wednesday, the Mallards avenged their 6-5 overtime loss to the Generals with a 4-3 shootout win. The Gens struck first but the Mallards answered with two power play goals on two opportunities. Flint regained the lead in the second period but goal with.39 seconds left in regulation by Quad City sent the game to OT and then a shootout.

Saturday was the first game of the 2010 for Flint as they welcomed backed Fort Wayne. The Komets last visit, was the first win for the Gens over the reigning Champs this season and the first contest decided by more than one point in the season series thus far. For the second time in as many games, a shootout was required to decide the winner with the Gens coming out on top and giving them two straight victories over the Komets.

Sunday Muskegon came to town and once again regulation was not enough. The Gens came back in the second period with 3 goals to take a 4-3 lead after falling 3-1 but 'Jacks were too persistent, coming from behind twice with a goal in the late stages of the third tying the score at 5-5. Jamie Schaafsma scored for the Gens but both John Mori and Pascal Rheaume missed, giving Muskegon the "W."

GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS: There is no denying the Gens got off to a rough start this season but the month of December was definitely a turning point for the team. For the first time they were able to sting a few wins together (3 wins and followed by an overtime loss). They found ways to score and picked up the physicality of their game. The last five games of December they posted a 3-1-0-1 record and have gone 3-0-0-2 in their last five games played.

BEST DAYS: So far this season, Flint seems to have the most luck on Fridays and Sundays (5-4-0-1 and 4-4-1-0 respectively) especially when they are at home where they have a combined record of 7-1-0-2 posting a 4-0-0-1 on Sundays. Saturdays have been the unluckiest day of the week for the Generals, where they are 3-6-0-0.

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER (AT HOME): Flint picked up half of their season's wins in the month of December going 5-5-1-1 overall. Each of those wins came on home ice, where they put up a 5-1-0-1 record for the month, by far their best month of hockey thus far.

RONAN CONTINUES TO ROLL: John Ronan has taken the lead among the team in goals with 14 and is sporting an eleven game point streak and 7 game goal streak (8 of his goals have come in that 7 game streak).

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT: The month of January could really make or break the Generals season. The team has struggled all season long on the road, managing only 2 victories going 2-12-1-0. With seven of eleven games in January on the road, the Generals have a lot to prove this month.

MISC.:

~John Ronan's 7 game goal streak is the longest active streak and longest goal streak of the season for the IHL

~ Ronan has the longest active point streak with 11 games, two games behind the Robin Bouchard with a season high of 13 games

~ Generals leading the league with a current run of a 5 game non-loss streak

~ John Mori's 11 shots in Dec. 20th's game vs. Quad City is a team and league high. He has 122 shots overall which leads all IHL rookies (second closest is Mickael Bedard with 89 shots).

~ Brandon Gentile is second among rookies (first among defensemen) in shooting percentage with.185 (5 goals on 27 shots)

~ Craig Cescon is 4 games shy of reaching career number 100

OFF THE ICE: The Generals and the Flint community rallied to meet their goal of filling ten 32 gallon "Barrels of Blessings" to make their food drive with Carriage Town Ministries a success.

Thursday, Jan. 7th the Generals will host their second Player of the Month Luncheon of the season at Wizeguys Pizza located at 500 S. Saginaw St. in Flint from 12:30-1:30. All fans and media are welcome.

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 Gens have three games in as many nights this week. Friday and Sunday the team is in Muskegon, giving them a great opportunity to avenge their SOL as well as get some much needed road wins. With the 'Jacks boasting a 12-4-0-0 home record it won't be an easy task but following their best month of hockey, and well played games against Muskegon, the Gens have a good chance to skate away with 4 points.

Between their two dates with the 'Jacks, Flint hosts Dayton on Saturday. The game will be the last at Perani until January 22nd.

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 this week's games 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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