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Road woes continue for the Generals

November 7, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Flint Generals News Release

FLINT, MI - Despite clearly being the aggressors during the majority of the game, the Flint Generals came away on the losing end of a 1-0 game against the Dayton Gems. The Generals have now lost their 7th game of this early season, adding on to an already sour road record (1-4-0-0). Dayton improves to (4-3-2-0), which is good enough for 4th place in the IHL standings.

At 7:04 in the second period, Dayton forward Michael Mullen took the passes from Dan Lapointe and Mike Auffrey and found the back of the net for the games first and only goal. For the next 33 minutes the Generals when on the attack but were unable to even up the game.

Almost two weeks ago, these same two teams played one of the more entertaining game of the year in the IHL, where the offenses combined for 9 goals on almost 70 total shots. Tonight, the offenses that put up such tremendous numbers before, were stifled by excellent defensive play and goaltending. Rob Nolan was outstanding in goal for the Generals, but the story of the night was Dayton goalie Ryan Mior, who logged his first shutout of the season, stopping all 32 of the Generals shots.

The theme for the night was apparent for the Generals: Missed Opportunities. Five times Flint had a man advantage and five times they came away without a goal, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. The Generals out-shot Dayton 32-25, but were just unable to finish. Pascal Rheaume, Jake Pence and John Ronan each had 4 shots, with a handful of others chipping in 3 shots, but in the end it just wasn't enough, as the Generals were shutout for the first time this season.

With the offense finding its self unlucky throughout the game, the defense picked up the slack and kept the game within reach until the final horn. The Generals D lived up to its billing as one of the best PK teams in the League by holding the Gems scoreless through five powerplay opportunities. Rob Nolan, with exception to the one that got away, filled in admirable for Jean-Francois Labbe, saving 24 of 25 shots.

Considering the defensive nature of the game, each team remained relatively civil towards each other, with only a few skirmishes. The first came halfway through the second period, when Dayton's Derek Parker, who was recently acquired from the Generals, and Tony Tuzzolino had a few choice words for each other, resulting in Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for both players. Eventually, tempers boiled over resulting in Flint's Craig Cescon and Dayton's Matt Auffrey dropping the gloves.

The Generals return home Sunday, November 8th, to finish off weekend play against the Quad City Mallards. Game time is set for 4pm at Perani Arena in Flint, MI.

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