Generals Weekly Report
After a disappointing weekend of hockey in week thirteen, the Generals look to rebound this week as they hit the road for three straight. The mission to recover some lost ground begins Friday night at Memorial Coliseum as the Gens invade Fort Wayne. With only one game decided by more than a single goal, the Generals vs. Komets series has been one of the closest and most exciting of the season with the G-Men holding a 2-1-1-1 record over the reigning champs. The puck drops at 8:00 PM for the next installment of the Flint vs. Fort Wayne Battle.
Saturday the boys head to Moline, IL to face the pesky Mallards. For much of the season Flint and Quad City have been battling to get back into the race with Flint having a bit more success, but with three losses over the weekend for the Gens, the Mallards have taken advantage and jumped ahead into the sixth spot in the standings. After their shootout loss to Q.C. at the end of December, losing their one goal lead with.31 seconds remaining, and their uncharacteristic weekend the Mallards will need to be ready for a driven Flint hockey club.
The week wraps up in Bloomington Sunday afternoon with a 4:00 PM meeting with the struggling PrairieThunder. In their last ten games, the PT has gone 2-6-1-1 while the Generals have amassed a 4-4-0-2 record in as many games. These clubs have not met since December 11th that concluded in a 3-1 Bloomington victory.
Looking Back: 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 past 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 but unfortunately for the Gens, Centomo was unbreakable. The loan goal of the game was the product of a heads-up pass and an excellent shot by Todd Robinson.
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.
Rollercoaster of a Season: To say this season has been a rollercoaster for the Flint Generals would be an understatement. At the start of the season everyone accept Greg Bullock was new to the team and growing pains were expected as the players got to know one another and find the right system. But that knowledge and the fact that the Gens were in every game (often losing by a single goal) did not ease the frustrations of their record. Even in that time they showed they could hang with the league leaders.
Then December rolled around, Rob Nolan was now the starting netminder, and the team had their best month of hockey. Their record at home was fantastic; they were stringing wins together, were riding a five game unbeaten streak, and really turning a corner. Two of three games this past weekend was another down turn for the team, the difference being they could not even muster a goal in either contest. But things aren't all doom and gloom, as hockey is a game just as much about bounces as it is skill. And once the team gets back to playing the game versus thinking the game, and a few bounces go their way, things will be back on the upswing.
The Invasion Begins: Yesterday afternoon Armando Scarlato, Ben Boudreau, and Matt Moffat were special guests at the Elms Road Elementary School RSVP Lunch. The lunch rewards students that are doing well in the classroom. The Generals presence marks the beginning of the players' invasion of the Genesee County schools to promote academics and nutrition, and to get out and interact with their fans.
Listen In: Listen to 103.9 the FOX every Monday from 4pm-5pm when Generals defenseman Jake Pence joins radio personality Ed Combs for a weekly update on the team and some generals banter.
Facebook Fridays: Beginning Friday, January 22nd the Generals will run a ticket promotion called Facebook Fridays for every Friday home game. Every Monday of a week that the Gens have a home Friday game, a picture will be posted on the Flint Generals Group facebook page that fans can print off and bring to the Perani Arena Ticket Office and receive up to 3 (three) $5 tickets for that Friday's game. You must join the group to view and print the picture.
The Generals Want You: The Generals are 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.
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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