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Gens End Shut Out Skid: Fend Off Mallards In 6-4 Win

January 16, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals ended their four game skid of being shut out Saturday night at the iwireless Center in a 6-4 victory over the Quad City Mallards.

After going 261:17 minutes without scoring a goal, Jake Pence finally found the back of the net for the Generals, netting a power play goal at 10:46 of the opening period. Tyler Howells and Tony Tuzzolino assisted on Pence's fifth goal of the season and the Gens' first since January 3rd. Nate Ward made it 2-0 Flint six minutes later when the Mallards turned the puck over deep in their own end. Matt Moffat ended up with the puck and passed it across the crease to a wide open Nate Ward. With less than a minute to play in the first, Quad City cut the lead in half with a score by Matt Cook. The Gens were unable to clear the puck from in front of the net and it took a fortunate bounce up and over Nick Niedert.

Despite the late Mallards goal in the first, the Gens came out in the second with momentum. In the later stages of the middle period, Chris Bogas regained the two goal lead for the Gens with their second power play goal of the night. There was a scramble in front of the net and Bogas, who was behind the clump of players in front of the net, poked the puck through the traffic and through the legs of Kyle Jones. Once again the Mallards responded, this time it was Patrick Levesque with the man advantage. Quad had traffic in front of Niedert while the Gens gave Levesque too much time to set up and he beat the Flint netminder short side.

The final frame saw five goals between the two teams. Matt Moffat kicked things off with goal 3:51 into play. Tony Tuzzolino made a waist high pass over to Moffat who managed to bat the puck passed Jones for his second as a Flint General. Bogas got his second of the night and second of the season after taking a backhanded pass from Alec Kirschner and went high glove side on Jones. The Mallards fought back, scoring two goals in less than three minutes from Justin White and Brandon Marino respectively. John Mori added an emptynetter with .33 seconds left in regulation, giving the Gens their first win in six games.

Niedert stopped 32 of 36 shots faced through 60:00 minutes while the Gens were perfect on the power play, going 2 for 2 with the man advantage.

Action continues tomorrow for the Generals as they round out their weekend road trip in Bloomington as they face the PrairieThunder in a 4:05 PM matinee. They return home to Perani Friday, Jan. 22nd to host the PT. Friday's game marks the start of "Facebook Fridays." Followers of the Flint Generals Group on Facebook are eligible to purchase up to three (3) $5 tickets for Friday's game when they print off the "Facebook Fridays" picture and present it at the box office when purchasing their tickets.

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