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October 26, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

ON THE RECORD: The Generals picked up right where they left off opening weekend, with troubles. Through their first 5 games of this fledgling season the Gens have managed just 1 win, and that was opening night.

Throughout this 4 game slump, they have been outshot 186 to 143. This week, Flint had a home and home series with Port Huron; a two day stretch the Flint Fans would like to forget as the Gens were only able to muster 3 goals to the IceHawks 8. They hit the road for the third time all season and second time in three days to take on Dayton.

Though there was a glimmer of hope to win the battle, John Ronan's goal with 3 minutes to go was too little too late. The Generals look to terminate this losing streak next Fri. Oct. 30 when they hit the dusty trail towards Moline, Illinois to dance with the .500 Quad City Mallards. Then on Halloween night, the Gens look to trick the Bloomington PrairThunder and take the treat of 2 points. With two wins on the road, Flint looks to bury the scariness of October.

BATTLE TO BULG: The Generals and the Perani Ticket Office are doing battle to see who can sell the most group tickets for the next Flint home game on Fri. Nov. 6th ; their mission is to pack in the fans so Perani is bulging at its seams. This game will be a big test for the Generals and their resilience, as they host the 2 time Turner Cup Champion Fort Wayne Komets. The Komets find themselves at the top of the standings once again with a 3-1-0-0 record.

CONFLICT ABROAD: Traveling to enemy territory always does a number on your nerves, but the Generals have yet to win a contest on the road, going 0-3. But if there is a silver lining, it would be that yesterday's appearance in Dayton also saw the reappearance of Flint's offence that has often been MIA this season, leaving the goaltenders hanging. With two road games this coming weekend, the Generals look to battle hard and come out on top.

DEFENDING HOME BASE: Home ice has not been much of an advantage thus far, but has not been as brutal as the road either. The Generals kicked their season off with a bang at home, defeating the Muskegon Lumberjacks 3-1. Their next home skirmish the following night vs. Quad City saw the same score but the Generals were at the losing end this time around. They' re away next weekend with a return to Perani Nov. 6th when they host the Komets and then again on Nov. 8th when they face off against the Mallards.

DEFENSEIVE THREATS: Three of the Generals d-men find their names among the ranks for tops in the league.

Tyler Howells, Jake Pence, and Burke Henry each have 3 points (along with 5 other defenseman throughout the league). Howells is tops among the 3 point getters with 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 games. Both of his goals were on the power play, making him the only defenseman with a power play goal. Jake Pence is #2 on that list with 1 goal and 2 assists in 5 games. The Generals are thrilled to have skilled scoring defensemen as well as physical defensemen. Craig Cescon is second on the league's PIM list with 28 PIMs in 5 games, including two 5 minute majors for fighting. Derek Parker has proven to be quite a bruiser, collecting 60 PIMs through 5 games. He's had at least 1 penalty in each game.

MAN UP: So far this young season, the Generals have not made much use of being a man up on the opponent.

They have had the advantage 15 times through 5 games played. They have managed only 2 goals, both by Tyler Howells. Unfortunately, they allowed a shorthanded goal in their first game against Port Huron this past weekend.

MAN DOWN: For better or for worse, penalty killing has become second nature for the 2009-10 Generals. They have found themselves down a man 28 times, but they have been in the sin bin a league leading 175 minutes.

Good thing they play well on the PK, they've only allowed 4 goals, putting them 3rd in the league at 85.7%.

MILES OF SKATING: Three Gens are closing in on game playing milestones. With yesterday's game in hand, Mike Thomson moved to within 3 games of playing in his 50th professional hockey game played, while Tyler Howells moves within 2 to reach the same mark. But the biggest milestone within reach is Nate Ward's 200th career game; he needs to lace up his skates for two more games before hitting the target.


Friday, Oct. 30th

@ Quad City

The Generals head to Moline, IL for a Devil's Night dance with the Mallards. This will be the second meeting between the two, with Q.C. leading the series 1-0-0-0.

Saturday, Oct. 31st

@ Bloomington

Halloween will be spent with the 2-2 PrairieThunder. The Generals boast a 19-13-1-2 all time record against Bloomington.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for all Generals home games for the 2009-10 season are on sale at the Perani Arena Ticket Office or through Ticketmaster. For group rates with the Generals call the Generals office at (810) 744-0222 or visit our website at Remember, the Generals are offering a special $5 per seat group rate for their next home game Nov. 6th for Fort Wayne. The offer expires November 5th.

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