Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

The Flint Generals entered the All-Star break with a 3-1-1 record in their previous five games. Since the break, they have won three straight and have outscored their foes 16-7. The Generals have a 7-2-1 record over their last ten games. Prior to their surge, Flint had lost seven of eight contests.

Center Terry Marchant has found his scoring touch and now leads the squad in scoring. He is riding a five-game scoring streak and has multi-point games in six of his last eight contests. Right wing Mike Kinnie and veteran winger Bobby Reynolds are both in the midst of five-game point streaks. Reynolds has five goals over his past five games. After sitting out nearly seven weeks with an injury, winger Jan Jas returned to register points in seven straight contests. He has recorded a point in 15 of the 20 games he has played with the Generals this season.

The tandem of Jason Muzzatti and Bryan Worosz has split time in net for Flint during the recent team success. Muzzatti has posted a 4-0-1 record over his last five appearances while Worosz has won three of his last four starts posting a .936 SPCT during that span.

ALL-STAR RECAP – UHL All-Stars hit the ice for the midseason classic in Fort Wayne on Wednesday night. The Eastern Conference scored six unanswered goals in the second period to pull away and eventually win the game vs. the Western Conference by the score of 11-6. Elmira Jackals winger Brent Cullaton captured Most Valuable Player honors as he registered four points (2g, 2a) and a plus-5 rating. Nine different players for the Eastern squad scored goals in the game. Quad City winger Chad Woollard scored five points (2g, 3a) to pace the Western roster. Muskegon goaltender Clayton Pool, who leads the league with 27 wins this season, earned the victory in the offensive showcase.

DISPLAY OF SKILL – UHL All-Stars competed in a Skills Competition prior to the game on Wednesday evening. Elmira’s Brent Cullaton won the “Fastest Skater” event defeating Quad City’s Justin Chwedoruk in the finals. Cullaton had previously won the event twice in the Central Hockey League.

Muskegon left wing Mike Watt won the “Hardest Shot” competition by blasting a 99 mph shot in the finals. He edged Rockford defenseman Nathan Lutz who hit 98 mph on the radar.

In the “Breakaway Relay Challenge," the Western Conference shooters scored seven goals in ten attempts vs. the Eastern Conference goaltenders. West goaltenders allowed just three goals, including Rockford’s Frederic Cloutier who stopped all five East shooters he faced.

NEW FOUND OFFENSE – Muskegon defenseman Dave Van Drunen found himself in an unfamiliar position during the 2007 All-Star Classic. He took a regular shift as a forward during the game. The move paid off for the Eastern Conference as Van Drunen scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the 11-6 win. He has yet to score a goal in regular season action this year. Ironically, the current league leader in plus/minus (plus-44) registered a minus-1 rating in the game.

Flint Generals - (3-0-0) – Defenseman Jeff Cameron recorded a hat trick in Friday’s 7-4 win vs. Port Huron. It was his first game with the Generals since being acquired in a trade. It was the first hat trick of his pro career…Flint is on a season high four-game winning streak…The Generals are just one of two UHL teams to earn a victory in Muskegon this season…Defenseman Gerard Miller has points in 14 of his last 18 games…Center Shawn Snider has points in eight of the ten games he has played with the club this season.

Kalamazoo Wings - (1-2-0) – Center Kory Karlander is riding a league season high ten-game goal scoring streak. He has scored the first goal of the game ten times this season which leads the UHL…Winger Tyler Willis has seven points in his last two games vs. Port Huron…Kalamazoo was held to just two shots in the first period vs. Flint on Sunday. The K-Wings have been held under 30 shots eight times this season with four of those coming vs. Flint… The team is 17-0-0 when leading after two periods…Kalamazoo has a league high 61 goals in the third period.

Muskegon Fury - (1-1-0) – In the second period this season, the Fury have outscored their opponents 69-28, including 32-10 on home ice...Defenseman Tom Galvin has registered a plus-10 rating over his first ten games with the team this season…Muskegon’s six-game home win streak was snapped on Saturday in the 4-1 loss to Flint…In the last three shootouts for the club, goaltender Clayton Pool has stopped all 15 shooters he has faced…The Fury are 5-1 in their six shootouts this season…Eight Fury players have ten or more goals this season.

Port Huron Flags - (0-2-0) – Center Ryan Markham scored his fifth shorthanded goal of the season on Friday moving him into a tie for the league lead in shorthanded goals...Goaltender Paul Soli made his pro debut in a short relief appearance on Friday. The following evening he made 21 saves…The Flags have been outscored 28-13 during their recent five-game losing skid…Center Greg Bullock is riding a four-game point streak. He has points in 15 of his last 17 contests and has multiple points in seven of those games.

Taken from the official UHL website


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