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Generals Weekly Notes

January 11, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

ON THE RECORD: Week thirteen of the 2009-10 season was not kind to the Flint Generals. Up until this point, the team that seemed to turn their season around, had been shut out only once in a 1-0 loss to the Gems. After three games this weekend against Muskegon and Dayton, the number of shut outs has quadrupled.

Friday night was the best game of the weekend for the Gens. Despite a 1-0 loss at L.C. Walker Arena, the Generals played a hard fought and smart game against the Lumberjacks. Both Rob Nolan and Sebastian Centomo were stellar in net. Unfortunately for the Gens, Centomo was unbreakable.

Saturday saw the return of bad habits and the absence of the Gens that fans had gotten used to seeing throughout the past month. The two goals allowed by Nolan were great goals, but the play in front of him was nut up to speed with that of Dayton. With less than a minute to go, the Gems added an empty netter, and skated out of Perani with a 3-0 win.

Sunday the Gens were back in Muskegon and this time the 'Jacks were not so kind. Without John Ronan, Bryan Smolinski, John Mori and the loss of Tony Tuzzolino in the first, the Gens were undermanned. And it showed. Nolan had his toughest night of the season, allowing 7 goals (Nick Niedert allowed the final goal) and for the third night in a row the Gens were blanked and handed their largest loss margin, falling 8-0.

SHUT OUT SLUMP: The Gens went from being shut out once all season to four times in the matter of one weekend.

TOUGH BREAKS: Friday the Gens couldn't buy a goal. They played hard and created chances for themselves over and over but Centomo was unflappable. Saturday they had their chances but the difference? They simply did not work hard enough to capitalize upon those chances. Sunday they were undermanned and simply out played.

SILVER LINING: The Generals penalty killing unit had been struggling but despite the 12-0 weekend the team endured, the PK surrendered only 2 goals on 12 man advantage opportunities for the enemy and was a positive.

SEASON HIGH AND LOW: The Gens season high five game unbeaten streak was their longest of the season (3-0-0-2). The 8-0 lashing handed to Flint by Muskegon Sunday evening was the largest loss margin for the Gens all season. The biggest loss previously had been a 6-1 loss to the Port Huron IceHawks.

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT: January is a make it or break it month and things have not gotten off to the start the Gens were hoping for. There is still a lot of hockey to be played, but they will need to buckle down if they want to improve.

MISC.:

~John Mori is second in the league (first among rookies) in shots with 133 and second in shorthanded goals with 2

~Jamie Schaafsma is 4th in the league with shootout goals, he has 3 goals on 4 attempts

~Nolan, despite his rough outing yesterday, only drops one spot to 3rd in GAA and 2nd in save percentage

~The Gens lead the league in shots for with 1106 and shots against with 1,213. They have also allowed the most goals- allowing 119 through 36 games played

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: For a second straight week, the Gens have three games in as many nights this week. Friday the team heads to Fort Wayne for another exciting contest with the Komets. The last time the two teams met, the Gens won in a shootout.

Saturday they head over to Moline, IL to face the Quad City Mallards who have really turned up the heat the past few games and have now pulled 3 points ahead of the Gens.

Sunday Flint will stop in Bloomington for a meeting with the PrairieThunder before returning home. Their next home game is Friday the 22nd, when they face the PT for the second time in as many games.

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 game on January 22nd, 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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