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Generals Weekly Report: Week Twelve

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

Week twelve of the 2009-10 season begins tonight for the Flint Generals, who welcome the Quad City Mallards to Perani tonight. The Generals have been on the up and up the past few weeks and find themselves within only 7 points of 5th ranked Dayton and only 8 points behind the third and fourth ranked Ft. Wayne and Bloomington. The last meeting between these two clubs was nothing short of "A tale of Two Games." The Mallards built up a healthy 5-1 lead by the end of the first but the Gens refused to give in that easily and fought back to push the game to an extra five minute session. The G-Men had so much momentum, it did not take long for them to strike and skate away with what the Mallards had thought was a surefire victory during the first intermission.

Action resumes kicking off the New Year, January 2nd down at Perani as the Gens entertain Fort Wayne. It is Flint City Employee Night so if you work for the City, come down to Perani. The last visit by the Komets was handedly won by the hometown heroes. Each meeting between the two letter "F" cities has been tightly contested, with three of the previous four contests being won by a single goal and two of those three needing overtime or a shootout to determine the victor. The only multi goal victory came for Flint when they stomped on the Komets 4-1 this past Sunday evening.

January 3rd marks the return of league leading Muskegon (tied with Port Huron at 43 points). Despite the 20 point differential between these two hockey clubs, it is Flint that holds the 2-1-0-0 record over the Lumberjacks. The Generals look for their third victory over the 'Jacks as the food drive with Carriage Town Ministries comes to a close. Donations will be accepted through the end of the game and the full barrels will be presented to CTM during a ceremonial puck drop at Sunday's game. Sunday's game will be broadcast on Super Talk 1570 so if you can't make it down to Perani, you can tune in!

Flint played their last game before they break for Christmas Tuesday, Dec. 22nd against Port Huron. The season series has been heavily tilted in Port Huron's favor, but in last Friday night's victory the Generals showed what they are capable of, posting 6 goals (scored by six different players). Flint expected the 'Hawks to hit the ice with a bitter taste in their mouths and that is exactly what happened. For the second time in as many games Rob Nolan, the Gens starting goaltender who usually looks more like a brick wall in net than human, was pulled out of the game after letting in three first period goals. The Gens fought back, making it 4-3 IceHawks and came close to tying the game but Larry Sterling kept the game from going to overtime. The loss halted Flint's home game winning streak at 4 games. Tuesday's game kicked off the food drive with Carriage Town Ministries which will run through January 3rd.

With games both Saturday the Generals tamed their frequent foe Dayton by handing them a 3-0 loss. The win was not only the Gens fifth home victory in six games, but it also marked the first professional shutout for goaltender Rob Nolan. Flint played one of its best games, playing hard and with intensity through all sixty minutes.

They followed up their blanking of the Gems with a 4-1 toasting of Fort Wayne. The win was a monkey off of the backs of the Gens, who'd lost each of their games to the Komets this season by only one goal.

TICKET INFO:

Tickets for this week's games and all Generals home games are available at the Perani Arena Ticket Office, by phone at 810-744-0580, or through Ticketmaster. The Generals offer great group rates for parties of 10 or more! For group ticket information, call the Generals office at 810-744-0222 or visit our website www.flintgenerals.com. All Generals games home and away, are available for viewing on our website through the B2 Network.

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