The final week of January is upon us and so far, so good for the Generals. Week sixteen kicked off with a game on Monday night at Perani Arena against Muskegon. The unusual Monday action was a makeup game from back in November when the game against the Lumberjacks was cancelled due to poor ice conditions. All season long the Generals have played well against Muskegon boasting a 3-3-0-1 record, only Dayton has more points against the 'Jacks (only 1point more), so heading into Monday the team was confident in their chances against the league's number one team. The game got off to a fast start, with 4 of the game's 6 goals scored within the first six minutes of play. Fans were given a scare early in the second period when Nick Niedert was run over and laid motionless on the ice. After a couple of minutes, Niedert returned to his feet, put his mask back on, and was back to stopping pucks as if nothing had happened. Flint played a strong and disciplined 60 minutes and with a 4-2 victory, it paid off.
Wednesday (tonight) the Gens hit the road early to make the trek to Moline, IL where the Quad City Mallards await. After going unbeaten in 7 games (winning 6 of them), the Mallards were one of the hottest teams in the league and looked to be on their way. But losing their last 5 games and going winless in their last 6, things have cooled off the past couple of weeks. After the Gens big win against Muskegon Monday and their leap over the Mallards in the standings, tonight's game is a great opportunity for the G-Men to pull themselves back into the mix and to improve their record over the Mallards which currently stands at 4-2-0-1.
The team has a couple of days to rest before hitting the ice Saturday in Port Huron to wrap up the week. Beating Flint 6 out of 7 games, the IceHawks have been unbreakable for the Gens this season. With McMorran Arena sold out for Saturday's game, and sure to act as another player for the home team, the Gens have their work cut out for them. But if they keep one thing with them from Monday's slaying of Muskegon, it should be the confidence that they can play with and beat the best.
Looking Back: The Generals only had one game last week, a light schedule compared to their weekly schedules thus far this season, but that is not to say it was non-eventful. That lone game was the rematch between the Gens and the Bloomington PrairieThunder. The two teams played Sunday, Jan. 17th in Bloomington in a game that turned ugly in the third period as a result of an incident in the second period.
When fans found out about what happened and that Bloomington would be in town less than one week later, it was no surprise that Perani Arena saw its biggest crowd (3,189) of the season Friday night. Between the goals, the fights, the overtime, and the overall atmosphere in the arena, fans were treated to one of the best games of the season; despite the 5-4 Generals loss.
The Invasion Continues: This Thursday, the Generals players will be teaching and playing floor hockey with students of the Marian Crouse Instructional Center in Flushing. The Center provides classroom programs for students with severe cognitive and multiple impairments.
Two Generals players will also be Guest Grillers at Mongolian BBQ from 6-7 PM as part of a fundraiser being held by the Flint Mongolian BBQ. All tips generated by the Generals and other guest grillers will benefit Tuberous Sclerosis research and awareness as well as the medical expenses of Baby Eli who suffers from this disease.
Then on Friday January 29th, two players will head back to the schools, speaking to an Armstrong Middle School health class about the importance of nutrition and staying in shape as professional athletes.
Listen In: Listen to 103.9 the FOX Monday, February 1st from 4pm-5pm when Generals defenseman Jake Pence, as well as other Generals players, joins radio personality Ed Combs for a weekly update on the team and some general banter.
Pride Nights: Beginning Saturday, February 13th the Generals will be hosting Pride Nights for local cities. All schools and cities have rivals when it comes to athletics and everyone talks about how much louder and better their fans are than the other.... Well now is your chance to prove it! If you are from Clio or Mt. Morris come out to the Gens game Feb. 13th and show your pride! Do you want to know when your city's pride night is scheduled for? Call the Generals office at 810-744-0222 and find out!
Facebook Fridays: "Facebook Friday" returns February 19th when the Generals host the Dayton Gems. Every Monday of a week that the Gens have a home Friday game, a picture will be posted on the Flint Generals Group page that fans can print off and bring to the Perani Arena Ticket Office and receive up to 3 (three) $5 end zone tickets for that Friday's game. You must join the Generals Facebook 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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International Hockey League 2 Stories from January 27, 2010
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