Special Teams Highlighted Friday Contest
November 2, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) News Release
ROCHESTER, MI--- It was a special night in Bloomington Friday when the Fort Wayne Komets came to visit the night before Halloween. The PrairieThunder ended up defeating the Komets by a final score of 5-4, with all nine goals being scored on special teams. Seven of the goals scored in the contest were notched in on the power play. The PrairieThunder went four-for-nine and the Komets were three-for-nine on the man advantage. The other two goals were scored shorthanded, with each team notching in one a piece. It was the first time this season that all of the goals scored were on special teams.
The Flint Generals snapped their four game losing streak Friday in Quad City, earning the 3-2 victory over the Mallards. Defenseman Burke Henry scored the game winning goal for the Generals 2:06 into the third period. Flint goaltender Jean-Francois Labbe earned the win, stopping 20 of 22 shots he faced from Quad City. The victory was the Generals second of the young season, who haven't won a contest since defeating Muskegon 3-1 on opening night.
The Mallards will travel to Bloomington to face-off against the PrairieThunder Wednesday for the first weekday contest of the 2009-10 season. Quad City will play three games this week after playing a total of just three games so far this season, having played the least amount compared to the rest of the IHL. Bloomington will play in their first of 10 weekday games at US Cellular Coliseum.
Komets left wing Matt Syroczynski was called up to join the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) last Thursday. He saw action in the Admirals only contest of the weekend Friday against the Syracuse Crunch. Syroczynski is tied for first in scoring among the Komets, earning six points (four goals, two assists) in just four games played.
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Bloomington PrairieThunder (2-0-0-0)-The PrairieThunder have won their first three games at home to start the season for the second time in franchise history. The 4-2 start equals the best start in franchise history, which was set last season. Center Ryan Finnerty has scored at least one point in all six games. Left Wing Craig Macdonald has had multiple point games in three of the team' s six games. He has scored at least one point in five of the six games. Goaltender Paulo Colaiacovo has won three straight games and leads the league with four wins. He has stopped 80 of the last 86 shots he' s faced in the three-game winning streak for a .930 save percentage and allowed an average of just two goals per game.
Dayton Gems (0-1-1-0)- Two of the three teams will be making their first ever appearances to Hara Arena this weekend, the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Port Huron Icehawks. The Dayton Gems have some interesting numbers when they play a team for the first time this season. In first games so far, the Gems have a record of 2-2-1-0. Dayton posted wins over Muskegon and Flint and had the overtime loss against Fort Wayne Komets. The losses have come to the Bloomington PrairieThunder and the Port Huron Icehawks. Through their first seven games in the IHL, the Dayton Gems are the least penalized team in the loop averaging 14.86 minutes per game. The Gems have taken just 104 minutes in penalties, which is the lowest among teams who have played at least four games.
Flint Generals (1-1-0-0)- The Generals notched the first road win of the season Friday in Quad City. The Generals had a chance to add another in Saturday' s game against Bloomington, but came up short. They are now 1-3-0-0 while on the road. The Generals have had the man advantage 23 times through seven games played, managing only four goals. Greg Bullock and Jamie Schaafsma have chipped in one each, while Tyler Howells leads the Generals with two power play goals. Unfortunately, the Generals have been slow to defend when up a man, allowing two shorthanded goals in their first seven games. Despite being shorthanded 38 times through seven games, they have only allowed six goals, ranking the Generals' penalty kill third in the league at 84.2%.
Fort Wayne Komets (1-1-0-0)- The Komets split the two games played for week three of 2009-10 and enter week four in a three-way tie for first place. The Komets have out-shot their opponents for four straight games since opening weekend when they had fewer shots in each game at Dayton and Port Huron. Picking up where he left off last year, Guy Dupuis leads IHL defensemen with 20 shots. The Komets scored three power play goals in each of the two games last week and improved to a 21.6% power play rating (from 10.5% last week). Komet firsts: Defenseman Frankie DeAngelis scored his first pro points with a goal and two assists Friday in Bloomington. Tomas Klempa (RW) dished his first pro helper Friday at Bloomington. Sean O'Connor (RW) notched his first goal of the season in his first game since re-joining Fort Wayne.
Muskegon Lumberjacks (1-1-0-0)- While the 'Jacks are the highest scoring machine in the IHL with 23 goals for in six games, for a goals for average of 3.83, they have notched 21 of those 23 goals for on home ice. They have scored only two goals for in two games on the road. After the first month of the season, Muskegon is the lone team in the IHL without the benefit of a road win (0-2-0-0), being outscored 6-2 and dropping both road games by a replica results of 3-1. Rookie goaltender Matt Lundin earned the games #3 star Friday night in his pro premiere in the Lumberjacks 3-2 overtime triumph over the Gems. Lundin was superb with 32 saves. Muskegon boasts the top three plus players in the league: 1- Matt Krug +7, 2- John DiPace +6, 3- Jason Lawmaster +5.
Port Huron Icehawks (1-0-0-0)- The Icehawks finished the first month of the season with a 4-1-0-0 record, which is their best October to date. The Icehawks remain undefeated on home ice this season, with a record of 3-0-0-0 at McMorran Arena. Despite playing fewer games than players from some other teams, Mike Kinnie currently leads the league in goals (6), power play goals (5) and shots (32). Tab Lardner is ranked first in power play assists (4). After a win on Saturday, Icehawks goalie Larry Sterling remains undefeated this season with a record of 3-0-0-0. He currently leads the league in goals against average (2.00) and is ranked second in wins and save percentage (.928). The Icehawks have averaged more shots per game (34.20) and fewer shots against per game (28.40) than any other team in the league.
Quad City Mallards (0-1-0-0)- Joel Gasper scored his first goal as a Mallard and the team's first shorthanded goal of the season at 15:33 of the first period last Saturday night. That goal was the first scored shorthanded by a Mallard since Dale Lupul found the net with the UHL Mallards down a man on February 28, 2007 at 8:41 of the second period of a 4-3 Quad City win over Fort Wayne. Brandon Marino picked up his first career professional point by assisting on Gasper's goal last Saturday and went on to score his first pro goal at 5:31 of the second period. Combining IHL and UHL play, next Sunday's game between the Mallards and Generals will be the one hundredth all-time regular season meeting between the two teams. The Mallards dropped to 58-30-11 all-time against the Generals by falling to Flint last Friday.
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International Hockey League 2 Stories from November 2, 2009
- Komets Split For Share Of First Place; Boucher, DeAngelis IHL Players Of Week - Fort Wayne Komets
- Special Teams Highlighted Friday Contest - IHL 2
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- IHL Announces Weekly Honors - IHL 2
- Generals Make Early November Moves - Flint Generals
- MacDonald Earns IHL Honor - Bloomington PrairieThunder
- PrairieThunder in First, Face Tough Stretch - Bloomington PrairieThunder
- Mallards Acquire Granbois From Bloomington - Quad City Mallards
- Generals Weekly Recap - Flint Generals
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