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Gens shut out in second straight game

January 9, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals returned home to Perani Saturday night where they shared the ice with the Dayton Gems. And for the second night in a row, the Generals were met by a stingy defense and held off the scoreboard, dropping a 3-0 decision in front of a boisterous 1,963 fans.

A sense of familiarity filled lofted around when they and their opponent went to the locker rooms following 20:00 minutes of play with neither team putting the puck in the net. The first period was littered with good saves at both ends of the ice as well as gloves. Flint's Armando Scarlato and former Generals bruiser Derek Parker went toe-to-toe in the Generals defensive zone, each getting in their punches, generating a ruckus from the crowd and both skaters sitting in the box for five minutes.

The second stanza was played much like the first, both teams creating scoring chances and both goaltenders coming up big. Shots on goal were even in the period with 9 shots a piece, but the Dayton offense bettered the Gens just past the halfway mark when a failed clearing attempt left the puck high in the slot where Mike Vaskaivuo grabbed it and deked, pulling Rob Nolan down to the ice leaving a wide open net for Vaskaivuo. Jonathon Ornelas and Pierce Norton assisted on the play.

Dayton made it a 2-0 game in the final frame just inside seven minutes of action when Matt Auffrey's shot from the right point beat Nolan high stick side. Vaskaivou added the final dagger with an empty netter with .22 seconds remaining.

The Gens had their chances but often looked lackadaisical, struggling to set up in the offensive zone and generate pressure on Dayton's defense.

On a positive note the G-Men were perfect on the penalty kill, an area that has needed improvement. Nolan once again did everything in his power to keep his team in the game, stopping 24 of 26 shots.

Flint hits the road tomorrow as they make their return to the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon and look to even the score against the ‘Jacks following Friday night's loss, and break their two game scoreless streak. The team is on the road for the next four games, returning to Perani January 22nd when they greet the Bloomington PrairieThunder.

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