Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

In the Eastern Conference, the Muskegon Fury (103 points) will be the top seed in the playoff bracket. They will face-off against the fourth-seeded Port Huron Flags (65 points) in the first round of the playoffs.

The other first-round series in the East will pit the second-seeded Kalamazoo Wings (96 points) against the third seed, the Flint Generals (71 points). With three Flint losses and three Port Huron wins this week, both teams could end with the same point total. However, the Generals own the second tiebreaker, head-to-head wins, thus clinching the third seed.

With six points separating the top three teams in the league, Muskegon, Fort Wayne and Rockford are still in contention for the Tarry Cup. The Fury holds the edge with a three-point advantage over the Komets and a six-point lead over Rockford. This week Muskegon will play both teams once in addition to Quad City. Four points will clinch the Cup for the Fury, but since both contending teams play the leader, the Tarry Cup is there for the taking.

WHO’S THE BEST – The final week of the season will determine the UHL’s top goal-scorer for the 2006-07 season. The four players with at least 40 goals this season have the best chance at capturing the title. Muskegon’s Todd Robinson is currently in the lead with 44 goals. Kalamazoo’s Kory Karlander is on his heels with 43 goals followed by Fort Wayne’s J.C. Ruid (42 goals) and Quad City’s Luke Stauffacher (40 goals).

RECORD WATCH – Muskegon’s Todd Robinson tied the club’s single-season points record (122) on Sunday with a goal. He needs only one point to become the Fury’s all-time single-season leader. Kalamazoo’s Kory Karlander tied the K-Wings’ UHL franchise record for goals in a single season on Saturday in Muskegon. He needs one more goal to become the club’s all-time record holder.

Flint Generals - (1-2-0) – Right wing Bogdan Rudenko recorded the Generals’ second hat trick of the season in a 7-2 win at Port Huron on Sunday…Left wing Bobby Reynolds is on a 10-game point streak (4g, 10a). He needs a point in each of this season’s final three games to tie him for the longest point streak in the UHL during 2006-07…Goaltender Jason Muzzatti is 3-1-2 in his last six starts and posted a .938 SPCT last week…Defenseman Martin Ondrej is the only General to appear in every game this season…Flint plays two home games and one road game this week.

Kalamazoo Wings – (3-1-0) – The K-Wings have won eight of their last nine games…Kalamazoo is undefeated (30-0-0) when leading after two periods…Goaltender Ryan Nie has won five consecutive starts and leads the league with a 1.95 GAA and a .932 SPCT…Kalamazoo earned its first 10-win month of the season in March…Defenseman Jason Lawmaster is on a five-game point streak (4g, 1a)…Left wing Nick Bootland (nine) and center Kory Karlander (eight) rank second and third in the league, respectively, in game-winning goals.

Muskegon Fury - (1-1-1) – With a 3-2 win over Port Huron on Friday, the Fury clinched their fourth UHL division championship…The Fury are unbeaten at home over their last seven games with a 4-0-3 record…The Fury have outscored their opponents 92-56 in the second period this season…Defenseman Joe Pomaranski played in his 100th pro game on Saturday…Muskegon finished its regular season schedule against Eastern Conference teams with a 28-11-4 mark…Defenseman Dave Van Drunen is two points away from having 200 in his career.

Port Huron Flags - (0-2-2) – The Flags lead the league in shootout appearances this season with 16…Wednesday’s shootout loss to Chicago was only the second shootout loss to a non-conference opponent this season…Ending a drought of over 120:00 scoreless minutes against Kalamazoo, right wing Robert Snowball scored at 9:25 in the second period on Sunday…Center Ryan Markham scored his sixth shorthanded goal on Friday at Muskegon. He ranks third in the league and first among rookies in SHG…Left wing Scott Wray leads the league in shots (380).

Taken from the official UHL website


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