Monday, November 20, 2006

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

The Muskegon Fury continue to stay on top of the United Hockey League standings as they are in the midst of their second eight-game winning streak of the season. The Fury captured back-to-back victories over the defending Colonial Cup champion Kalamazoo Wings, and then capped the weekend with one-goal victories vs. Quad City and Flint.

Muskegon has scored four or more goals in 15 of their 17 games this season. The other two games were both this week and were both victories in which the Fury scored three goals.

The club currently has six more wins that any other UHL team, but the success has not been because of scoring alone. Goaltender Clayton Pool is off to an 11-0-0 record this season and leads all UHL netminders with a 1.91 goals against average (GAA) and a .936 save percentage (SPCT). His 11 consecutive wins set a new team record.

POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS – Members of the Fury occupy the top ten spots among UHL leaders in plus/minus rating. Defenseman Dave Van Drunen leads the league with a plus-22 rating. Every skater on the squad has an even or better rating for a cumulative plus-170 rating as a team.

Flint Generals - (2-2-0) – The Generals snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 win vs. Port Huron on Wednesday. It was their first home win of the season. They then won consecutive games for the first time this season when they beat Port Huron 3-1 on Friday…Goaltender Jason Muzzatti had a 1.68 GAA and a .940 SPCT in three appearances during the week…Forward Mike Zbriger ranks second among UHL rookies with nine goals…Gerard Miller ranks sixth among UHL defensemen in scoring with 11 points (5g, 6a).

Kalamazoo Wings - (1-3-0) – Winger Tyler Willis surpassed 1,000 penalty minutes in his UHL career. He ranks 23rd on the all-time list…Kalamazoo is 0 for their last 27 power play opportunities…After missing nine games due to injury, defenseman Nick Toneys has three points (3a) in three games…Kalamazoo is the only team in the UHL to receive a point from every skater on their active roster...The K-Wings have not been shutout in a span of 142 games, the longest current UHL streak…Rookie B.J. Radovich ranks third in the UHL in shooting percentage (.375).

Muskegon Fury - (4-0-0) – Rookie center Elias Godoy is riding a league season high 11-game point streak...Center Todd Robinson has five of the team’s seven shorthanded goals this season. That number leads the UHL… Defenseman Jon Insana is one point shy of 100 for his pro career…Center Scott Barnes has scored his eight goals this season on just 16 shots for a league-leading .500 shooting percentage…With their 6-5 victory vs. Quad City on Saturday, the Fury are now 6-0-0 vs. Western Conference opponents this season.

Port Huron Flags - (1-2-0) – Center Ryan Markham scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season on Friday. That number ranks second in the league…Markham and center Mark Cadotte both had six-game point streaks snapped on Saturday…Defenseman Pat Sutton has seven points (3g, 4a) in seven games with the club this season…Three of the four games with Flint this season have had the final score of 2-1. The fourth had a 3-1 final score…Center Steve Hildenbrand has an even or better plus/minus rating in his last seven games.

Courtesy official UHL website


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