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PrairieThunder rally falls short

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Goals by Bogdan Rudenko and Pascal Morency in the third period negated a Bloomington PrairieThunder rally as the Komets took a 4-3 Western Conference decision before 3,253 people Friday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in United Hockey League action.

The Komets, who raised their conference-leading record to 18-12-0 took a 3-0 in the first two periods. Mike Dombkiewicz scored the first of four power play goals for Fort Wayne 3:56 into the initial period. He was assisted by Jonathan Goodwin and Bruce Richardson.

J.C. Ruid made the score 2-0 three minutes later on a goal off assists from Matt Syroczynski and Martin Gascon. The Komets added their third goal with 5:28 remaining in the second period on a goal by Goodwin. He was assisted by Daniel Goneau and Mario Larocque.

The PrairieThunder then came to life as Shawn Snider scored a power play goal off assists by Alex Goupil and B.J. Gaustad with 2:49 remaining in the second period. Andrew Lackner added Bloomington's second goal 2:08 later off assists from Brian Payant and Brad Thompson to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Jeff Cameron tied the score five minutes into the third period on a power play goal with assists from Shawn Road and Ryan Gillis. However, Fort Wayne broke the tied six minutes later on Rudenko's power play goal assisted by Dombkiewicz and Syroczynski.

The Komets added an empty-net goal by Morency with 36 seconds remaining to bring about the final. The loss was the seventh straight for the PrairieThunder and dropped its record to 8-20-2. The PrairieThunder returns to action today with a 7:30 Western Conference game at Chicago. Bloomington's next home game is Sunday at 4:05 p.m. against Rockford at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
 

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PrairieThunder losses to Chicago

Rod Aldoff had assists on all three Chicago goals Saturday night as the Hounds defeated the Bloomington PrairieThunder, 3-2, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

Aldoff's first assists came on a goal by Steve Cygan on a power play 3:20 into the game. Tom Zabkowicz also had an assist.

Bloomington's Shawn Roed didn't waste any time in scoring his first goal as a PrairieThunder, finding the net 13 seconds later to tie the game. The assists went to Brian Payant and Trevor Baker, who returned to the ice for the first time since Oct. 21.

Baker, who has been out because of a sports hernia surgery, joined captain Tyler Rennette in the lineup for the first time since the fourth game of the year.

The two most seasoned PrairieThunder players will be in the lineup today when Bloomington (8-21-2) meets Rockford at 4:05 p.m. in a home match at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The Hounds, who moved their record to 11-16-1, took the lead for good 14:34 into the second period on a goal by Greg Koehler. He was assisted by Aldoff and Matt Amado.

Chicago's other goal came from Maris Ziedins 8:59 into the third period off assists by Aldoff and Mike Kautz.

The PrairieThunder closed the gap to 3-2 on Jeff Cameron's goal with 7:57 remaining. He was assisted by Ryan Gillis. The PrairieThunder had a 33-28 advantage in shots on goal.
 

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Rockford rallies past PrairieThunder

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Three goals by Rockford in the final 14 minutes rallied the IceHogs to a 4-3 Western Conference victory over the Bloomington PrairieThunder before 4,312 people Sunday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Nicolas Corbeil's power play goal with 1:16 remaining in the game to give the IceHogs the victory and moved their record to 16-13-2. The loss was the ninth straight for Bloomington and sent its record to 8-22-2.

The PrairieThunder took a 1-0 lead at the 14:35 mark in the first period on Alex Goupil's first of two goals. His power play goal was assisted by Trevor Baker and Ryan Gillis.

Kevin Ulanski tied the game for Rockford 1:13 into the second period on a goal assisted by Luke Fitshaw.

Bloomington came right back with two goals to take a 3-1 lead. Baker, who missed 26 games with an injury, scored his first goal of the season at the 10:24 mark. He was assisted by B.J. Gaustad.

Goupil scored his second goal without an assist at the 14:24 mark for a 3-1 PrairieThunder lead.

Chaz Jiohnson started the IceHogs third-period rally with a goal 5:59 into the period. He was assisted by Mike Doyle and Dan Boeser. Jason Ralph tied the game at 3-all 48 seconds later. He was assisted by Boeser and Preston Mizzi.

Corbeil followed with his goal off assists by Nathan Lutz and Brendon Cuthbert to bring about the final.
 

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Goupil gets Player of the Week award

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Forward Alex Goupil is the recipient of the Bloomington PrairieThunder "Player of the Week" award, courtesy of the Bloomington Lone Star Restaurant.

The 5-foot-8, 204-pound Goupil earned the weekly honor by scoring two goals and adding two assists for four points in four games. His two goals came in a 4-3 loss to Rockford on New Year's Eve.

Goupil also was the team's nominee for the United Hockey League Player of the Month Award for December. In 15 games, the Ottawa, Ontario native scored seven goals and added three assists for 10 points.

The PrairieThunder returns to action at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum against Rockford.
 

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Chicago Hounds Weekly Notes

Hounds can't top Komets on the New Years Eve, lose 4-2: With a sold out crowd on hand, the Komets were set to continue a yearly tradition in Fort Wayne. With Puhalski at the helm for his new team, he had ideas of quieting the crowd early-and Chicago did just that. With a 5 on 3 advantage in the first period, forward B.J. Radovich blasted a puck past Komets goaltender Kevin St. Pierre at 9:26 to give his team a one goal advantage. But, just over three minutes later, Fort Wayne would follow up with a power-play goal of their own when J.C. Ruid found the back of the net when he beat Marty Magers at 12:37 tying the score at 1-1. The Komets weren't done in the first period as they continued their offensive onslaught. Next was Matt Syroczynski took the pass from Bogdan Rudenko and gave his team the lead going into the second period. The shots on goal after one stanza was 17 - 5 in favor of the Komets. In the second period, as Tim Plett was serving a four minute penalty, the Komets struck for another power-play goal. This time it was Bogdan Rudenko at 17:35 who fired one home and gave his team a two goal lead.

In the third period, the Komets would jump out to a three goal lead when David Hukalo would beat Magers at 7:10. Hounds blueliner Bob Rapoza would score one more for his team but it wasn't enough to mount a comeback as the Komets skate away with a 4-2 victory. Chicago was 2-9 on the power-play while Fort Wayne was 2-10. Chicago Defeats Bloomington 3-2: The Hounds held on to defeat the Prairie Thunder by a score of 3-2. It was only the second time that Bloomington made their way back to the Sears Centre this season and the first time the skated away victoriously-this time, the Hounds were looking for payback.

In the first period, it was Chicago getting a man advantage off a Shawn Roed hooking minor. After Rod Aldoff blasted a point shot, Captain Steve Cygan found the loose puck and sent one behind Thunder goaltender Jeff Reynaert and gave the Hounds an early 1-0 lead at 3:20. However, Roed would make amends only 13 seconds later when he fired a shot past Marty Magers to tie the game up, 1-1.

The second period saw a barrage of shots against the Bloomington goaltender and the Thunder were responsible for the games first six penalties but Reynaert stood tall. Finally, Rod Aldoff's point shot was deflected by Greg Koehler and the Hounds took a 2-1 lead at 14:34 of the second.

In the final stanza, it was Mike Kautz starting the rush and driving to the net where he fed a blitzing Maris Ziedins in front of the crease who fired the puck over the shoulder of Reynaert to give the hounds a two goal advantage at 8:59. However, the Thunder weren't finished yet. After Magers made a sprawling poke check off Ryan Gillis, Jeff Cameron cradled the loose puck and blasted it behind the Hounds goalie to cut the lead in half. Despite a late power-play for Bloomington, they couldn't get another shot past Magers and the Hounds took the 3-2 victory.

Chicago was 1 for 7 on the power-play while Bloomington was 0-4. Magers stopped 31 of 33 shots while Reynaert made 25 saves on 28 shots.

Rockford Returns the Favor, shutout 3-0: Rockford blitzed out of the gates with two early goals in first period. Off a face-off win, IceHogs defensemen Luke Fritshaw fired a shot that just beat Marty Magers at 2:40. Only 19 seconds later, Nathan Lutz blasted a rocket over the blocker side of Magers and before the Hounds knew what happened, they were down by two goals. Rockford continued to pressure Chicago all period and managed to register 16 shots in the first stanza. Despite his early goals against, Magers stood tall and tried to settle things down for the reeling Hounds.

The Hounds tried desperately to fight back in the second, but it was Frederic Cloutier took over as he made several great saves and shut the door on the Hounds.

The third period was much the same as the second except the IceHogs managed one more goal. This time it was Kaleb Betts who beat Magers after he recovered a loose puck inside the Hounds zone at 11:38 giving his team a three goal lead and the victory. Tempered flared towards the end of the game when IceHogs winger Jason Notermann was called for charging Magers. This insighted Chris Busby to take down Notermann and they both went at it exchanging rights and lefts until the officials finally broke it up. This also spurred Matt Amado and Preston Mizzi to tangle and both were charged with five for fighting at 15:07. The Hounds only had one power-play all game with just under two minutes to go but were unable to register a goal and break the shutout of Cloutier.

Hounds defeat Fort Wayne, 5-1: The Chicago Hounds defeated the Fort Wayne Komets for the second straight time at home. In the first period, Maris Ziedins stood unguarded at the top of the crease where he was fed by Kris Vernarsky and banged one home for the first goal at 3:09. Later that period, Ziedins would return the favor and set up Vernarsky who rifled the puck on a bad angle that beat Komets goaltender Kevin St. Pierre at 12:10. The Komets managed seven shots on goal but Marty Magers was particularly great and made some brilliant saves including a diving save on Fort Wayne forward Bruce Richardson.

The second period saw 14 penalty minutes called for both teams. During a man advantage for Fort Wayne, Captain Guy Dupuis picked up a loose puck and fired it passed Magers at 14:30. But, that was the last time Magers would fall victim to a Komets shot on goal.

In the third, it was all Chicago. Todd Grant picked up the puck on a three-on-one Hounds attack where he sent a rocket over the catching glove of St. Pierre at 6:31, giving the Hounds a two goal lead and a little breathing room. A power-play goal would follow by Matt Amado who stationed himself at the top of the crease where he picked up a pass from Todd Grant and beat St. Pierre at 14:08. An empty netter by Maris Ziedins would give him two goals on the night and seal the deal for the Hounds as they win by a score of 5-1. Magers made 26 saves on 27 shots while St. Pierre made 19 on 23. Chicago went 1 for 5 on the power play and Fort Wayne was 1 for 7.

Leading Scorers:Greg Koehler still leads his team in points with 21 in 29 games. Despite his recent slump on the score-sheet, Koehler managed a point in his last two games including a goal against the Prairie Thunder on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Latvian forward Maris Ziedins has crept past Chris Busby for second on team scoring. Ziedins has tallied 6 points in his last 5 games this week. That includes a three point night he had against Fort Wayne on the 27 on December. Rounding out the top 5 are Defensemen Chris Busby, Captain Steve Cygan and forward Todd Grant.

# PLAYERS POS GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GWG SHOTS SPCT

11 Koehler, Greg RW 29 9 12 21 -7 28 4 7 0 0 1 91 .099

15 Ziedins, Maris C 29 10 8 18 +6 33 2 2 2 1 3 68 .147

2 Busby, Chris D 28 3 15 18 +1 48 2 8 0 1 0 62 .048

18 Cygan, Steve LW 27 5 11 16 -8 33 3 2 0 0 2 58 .086

Magers gets a backup: The Hounds recently added a backup goalie in Corey Wogtech. The St. Louis, Missouri native played in the New Years Eve game in Fort Wayne for the final ten minutes and change. He managed 6 saves on 6 shots. Despite playing a small amount, his new teammates are thrilled he has become a Hound, "Practicing with him the last couple of days the team has been very impressed. He seems to have great lateral movement and we think he will be a great benefit to this hockey club," raved forward Matt Amado.

Marty Magers, who has played in every Hounds game except one this season might be looking for a break or two in the next couple months. Currently, Magers leads the league in minutes played with 1635:35 is 5th in shutouts with 2, first in saves with 867. Despite his losing record, Magers still maintains a 3.01 GAA and a save percentage of .914. His teammates are thankful that Magers has been a pillar of strength for their club, "Marty comes to play every single game. He despises losing and won't allow any of us to let up. We love his enthusiasm on and off the ice," said defensemen Rod Aldoff.

Get your Program here! After a few months of only 3 home games, the Hounds are finally ready to unleash their game-day programs for all home games. The staff has worked diligently the past months to make this programs one of the leagues best. Inside you will find plenty of information on Hounds players and an in-depth look at the UHL's winningest coach, Greg Puhalski and a handsome bio on an equally handsome Jason Shaya.

Fury are back...again: No one disputes the dominance that Muskegon possesses over the league. The Chicago Hounds have beaten every team they have played except for Muskegon. In three attempts so far, the Hounds are 0-3. Chicago players know this is a tough team to play against and their feel they are as ready as ever, "They play a very strong team game. If we want to win, we have to be playing great hockey. Every time we have played them, it has been close. We are looking for the next big leap and we feel we are as prepared now as we have ever been," said Hounds goaltender Marty Magers.

Standings: The Western Conference continues to be a battle. Rockford is closing their way in on Fort Wayne and their control. With one game in hand, the Komets are only 5 points ahead now on the IceHogs. Quad City is third with 29 points in 30 games. Meanwhile, the Hounds are sitting second to last with 23 points in 29 games. Chicago's record is currently 11-17-1 with a win percentage of .397. The Hounds home records is one game above .500 with a 7-6 record but are only 4-11 away from the Sears Centre.
 

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Jackals Lower Flags In Shootout

Elmira, NY - The Jackals lost a two-goal lead but held on for a 4-3 shootout win over the Port Huron Flags Friday night at First Arena. The Jackals win snapped the Flags 7-game winning streak.

The Flags grabbed the lead when Greg Bullock fired in a one-timer from the low slot at 14:23 of the first period, assisted by Garett Cameron and Jeremy Tucker. The Jackals out-shot Port Huron 14-12 in the first period, but did not create many quality scoring chances.

The tables turned in the middle session as the Jackals scored three straight goals and took the lead. Elmira tied the game on David Morelli's 10th goal of the season, scored at 12:06 from Mark Scott and Dan Veenema. Tommy Kotsopoulos put the Jackals in the lead at 18:30, assisted by Scott and Morelli. Kotsopoulos added his second of the game, and 6th of the season, at 19:33 when he finished off a pass from Yevgeny Lazarev and Derek Miller, giving Elmira a 3-1 lead after two.

But the Flags fought back, Garett Cameron made it 3-2 at 4:34 of the third period, then Ryan Markham tied the game at 6:31. Both teams had chances to win the game, including Dale Lupul's shot from the point on the power play that hit the post, but this game headed to a shootout.

Jackals forward Erik Anderson scored his 5th consecutive shootout goal in the first round for Elmira and that was all Elmira needed. Goaltender Dave Lemanowicz stopped all five Port Huron shooters to earn the victory in his first home start for the Jackals.

Lemanowicz earned his 2nd win of the season as he made 28 saves on 31 shots in regulation then went 5-for-5 in the shootout as the Jackals improved to 15-14-0 on the season. Noah Ruden took the loss for Port Huron, stopping 31-of-34 in regulation and 3-of-4 in the shootout as the Flags fell to 13-14-5. Elmira was 0-for-3 on the power play, while Port Huron was 0-for-1 in the least penalized Jackals game this season.

The Jackals now hit the road for two games this weekend in Port Huron. Saturday Elmira will battle the Flags at 7:30 pm at McMorran Place Arena, while Sunday's New Year's Eve game is scheduled for 5:00 pm. The Jackals will return home in 2007 as they host the Fort Wayne Komets on Wednesday January 3rd at 7:00 pm at First Arena.

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Jackals Ring In The New Year With A 4-3 Win Over Port Huron

Port Huron, MI - The Elmira Jackals almost lost a 3-goal lead, but they held on to beat the Port Huron Flags 4-3 Sunday afternoon at McMorran Place Arena.

The Jackals dodged an early bullet when the Flags had a power play goal disallowed by referee Neil Christopher for a high-stick. Shortly after it was Elmira who cashed in on their first power play of the game as Frank Littlejohn swatted in a rebound out of mid-air at 4:58, assisted by Erik Anderson and Brent Cullaton. The goal was Littlejohn's 13th goal of the season and his team-leading 6th power play goal of the year. But the Flags came back with a power play goal of their own when Mike Olynyk poked home a loose puck during a scramble in the crease at 11:48. But the Jackals pulled ahead late in the period as they grabbed back the momentum. Derek Miller sent Tommy Kotsopoulos free down the left wing and Kotspoulos would not waste his opportunity as he fired a snap shot up over the glove of goalie Dustin Traylen at 18:38, giving Elmira a 2-1 lead at the break.

After two scraps pitting Rob Chappell against Robert Snowball and Chris Mann with Pat Sutton, the Jackals would double their lead. Rookie David Morelli scored his 11th goal of the year at 10:08 assisted by Derek Miller and Yevgeny Lazarev, giving Elmira a 3-1 lead. Jackals goaltender Dave Lemanowicz stood on his head in the period, making some outstanding saves as he helped to preserve the lead.

In the third period, defenseman Chris Mann gave the Jackals a 3-goal lead when he scored his 2nd goal of the season at 3:27, assisted by Tommy Kotsopoulos. Kotsopoulos won the face off back to the point to Mann, who corralled the puck and unleashed a blazing wrist shot that zipped into the top of the goal, under the cross bar, for a 4-1 Jackals lead. But the Flags wouldn't go away as defenseman Craig Mahon slipped through the defense and scored at 15:30, cutting the Jackals lead to two goals. Another defensive lapse allowed Flags forward Bobby Kukulka to race down the right wing and he fired a back hand shot that slid into the net at 17:58. But despite pulling their goaltender for the final 1:46, the Flags failed to find the equalizing goal as the Jackals held on for a 4-3 win.

Dave Lemanowicz made 26 saves on 29 shots to earn his 3rd win of the season and 2nd win against Port Huron this week as Elmira improved to 16-15-0 on the year. Dustin Traylen took the loss, stopping 34-of-38 shots over the first 55:52 of the game, before leaving with an injury. Noah Ruden replaced the injured Traylen and made one save.

Elmira will kick off the 2007 calendar year with a home game on Wednesday January 3rd as they host the Fort Wayne Komets for a 7:00 pm face off at First Arena. This will be the final meeting between the Jackals and Komets during the 2006-07 regular season.

DUE TO THE NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY THERE WILL NOT BE A JACKALS COACH'S SHOW ON MONDAY JANUARY 1ST, 2007. THE SHOW WILL RETURN ON MONDAY JANUARY 8TH AT 6:00 PM AT THE PIONEER SPORTS BAR AND GRILL AND ON NEWS TALK 1230 & 1450 AM WENY
 

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Generals Weekly Update

Player Notes: Gerard Miller leads the Generals with 23 points on 9 goals and 14 assists...Jason Selleke, Jeff Zehr and Mike Zbriger lead the team with 12 goals...Zbriger is tied for third in goals for rookies with 12 and tied for the league lead with seven power play goals for a rookie...Miller is fourth in defensemen scoring with his 23 points, second in goals with nine and tied for the lead with seven power play goals for a defenseman.

Team Notes: The Generals 36 games played this season is most of any UHL team...The Generals lead the league in power play goals for with 50 and power play goals against with 45...The Generals also lead the league with 12 shorthanded goals against...The Generals have the third best power play at 17.7% and the seventh best penalty kill at 82.8%...Flint has the second best average in shots on goal against per game at 30.11.

GENERALS WEEK IN REVIEW December 25 - December 31

Tuesday, December 26 Flint 4 @ Bloomington 1

Jeff Zehr gave the Generals a 1-0 lead at 3:11 of the first period with a power play goal from Terry Marchant and Tyson Turgeon. Bloomington tied the game 1-1 at 17:20. Flint took the lead for good at 19:23 of the second period with an even strength goal from Marchant. Dave Frawley scored a shorthanded goal at 12:40 of the third period and Bobby Reynolds added an empty net goal 19:16 to close the scoring. Jason Muzzatti made 35 saves on 36 shots for the win.

Wednesday, December 27 Flint 1 @ Muskegon 3

The Generals scored the only goal of the first period to take a 1-0 lead over Muskegon. The goal was a power play goal by Jason Selleke at 14:40. Muskegon tied the game 1-1 with the only goal of the second period at 17:32. The Fury took the lead at 2:05 of the third period and ended the scoring at 18:43. Both third period goals were even strength. Jason Muzzatti made 24 saves on 27 shots in the loss.

Friday, December 29 Kalamazoo 3 @ Flint 2

The Wings took a 1-0 lead on the Generals with a power play goal at 9:46 of the first period. The Generals tied the game 1-1 with their own power play goal at 16:02. The goal was scored by Dion Hyman. Flint took a 2-1 lead at 8:11 of the second period on a Terry Marchant goal. Kalamazoo tied the game with an even strength goal at 14:51. The Wings took their second lead of the game with the only goal scored in the third period. The goal was scored at 4:18. Jason Muzzatti made 18 saves on 21 shots in the loss.

Saturday, December 30 Quad City 7 @ Flint 4

The Mallards took a 1-0 lead at 2:56 of the first period with their first shorthanded goal of the game. Jeff Zehr tied the game 1-1 with a power play goal at 4:00. Quad City took the lead back with a goal at 5:41. The Generals were able to tie the game with another power play goal at 13:25. Terry Marchant scored the goal for Flint. Quad City reclaimed the lead at 3-2 with a goal at 18:11. The Mallards extended their lead to 5-2 with two second period shorthanded goals. The goals were scored at 5:17 and 13:04. The Generals scored their third power play goal at 13:56 to get back to within two goal at 5-3. Quad City scored an even strength goal at 1:26 of the third period and a power play goal at 8:42 to take a 7-3 lead. Flint closed the scoring with a power play goal at 13:12 by Jordan Fox. Bryan Worosz made 26 saves on 33 shots in the loss.

Sunday, December 31 Flint 1 @ Kalamazoo 4

For the third consecutive game the Generals fell behind early when Kalamazoo took a 1-0 lead at 6:09 of the first period. The Generals tied the game 1-1 on a Mike Zbriger power play goal at 16:27. The Wings scored the only goal of the second period to take a 2-1 lead. The Wings ended the scoring with two empty net goals in the third period. The goals were scored at 18:30 and 19:01. Jason Muzzatti made 27 saves on 29 shots in the loss.

PREVIEW OF UPCOMING GENERALS GAMES January 1 - January 7

Friday, January 5 Elmira @ Flint 7:30p.m.

The Jackals make their fourth trip to Flint of the season. The Generals are 1-3-1 against Elmira this season and 1-2-0 in Flint.

Saturday, January 6 Elmira @ Flint 7:30p.m.

The Generals host the Jackals for the second consecutive night. The teams will play each other six more times after this game, four times in Elmira and twice in Flint.

Sunday, January 7 Flint @ Fort Wayne 5:00p.m.

The Generals travel to Fort Wayne for the second time this season. The Generals are 0-1-1 against the Komets this season and 0-1-0 in Fort Wayne.

Generals Player of the Week:

The Generals Player of the Week is Terry Marchant. Marchant had five points in five games last week on three goals and two assists. He had one power play goal and had the game winning goal in the Generals only win of the week.

Generals Goaltender of the Week:

The Generals Goaltender of the Week is Jason Muzzatti. Muzzatti went 1-3-0 in four games played last week. In those games he had a goals against average of 2.26 and a save percentage of .920.

Record for week: 1-4-0, 2 points

Record for season: 13-21-2, 28 points - 5th in Eastern Conference
 

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K's to ring out 2006 with home double-header

Fort Wayne, IN --- The Komets will celebrate New Year's Eve weekend with 2 home games starting Saturday night, Dec. 30 when they face the visiting Kalamazoo Wings at 7:30pm. Sunday the Komets will ring out 2006 when they faceoff against the Chicago Wolves at 7:30pm for the traditional Komet New Year's Eve game.

Sunday night's game in Fort Wayne will mark the 50th Komet home game on New Year's Eve since the tradition began Dec. 31, 1955 (32 wins, 13 losses, 1 shootout loss and 3 ties). The Komets, while in the International Hockey League, played their only road New Year's Eve game Dec. 31, 1961 at Indianapolis (5-2 win). The Komets did not play on New Year's Eve in 1975.

Sunday's game will be the Komet's 8th consecutive New Year's Eve game since joining the UHL in 1999 (6-1-0). Last year the Komets rang in the New Year with a 6-0 win over the visiting Roanoke Valley Vipers.

Plenty of tickets are available for both Komet home games this weekend.

Tickets for all 2006-07 Komet home games are on sale at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office and online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more . Fans may call the Komet office for ticket information at (260) 483-0011 or make inquiries via e-mail at [email protected] . Ticket information is also available at Official Site of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club .

Komets face Thunder at Bloomington Friday......before the Komets skate their home double-header this weekend they will faceoff at Bloomington against the Thunder Friday night at 8:00 Fort Wayne time. It will be the 4th meeting of 10 this season with the Komets holding a 2-1-0 series lead.

Bingham's All-Star magic number is 1.....Komet head coach Pat Bingham will clinch the nod as Western Conference All-Star team coach with 1 point gained by the Komets in the next 3 games, or 1 point lost by Rockford over their next 3 games. The UHL All-Star coaches will be chosen according to the best point-percentage in each conference at the end of games played Dec. 31. Currently the Komets have a point-percentage of .630 (17-10-0) after 27 games while Rockford, the closest rival in the Western Conference, has a point-percentage of .536 (14-12-2) after 28 games. The Komets and the IceHogs each have 3 games remaining through Dec. 31.

The UHL All-Star game will be played in Fort Wayne at the War Memorial Coliseum Wednesday, Jan. 17. The gala will begin with a Player's Skills Competition at 7pm. The All-Star game is slated to faceoff at 7:45pm. All-Star Game tickets are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office.

Calendars and party horns.....Sunday night Komet fans will be treated to free 2007 Komet Calendars courtesy of Comcast and Instant Copy of Fort Wayne. Fans will also receive the traditional free Komet party horns as they enter the building New Year's Eve while supplies last.

KOMET GAMES THIS WEEKEND

Friday, Dec. 29.....Komets at Bloomington Prairie Thunder, 8:05pm (WOWO Radio AM 1190)

Saturday, Dec. 30.....Kalamazoo wings at Komets, 7:30pm (WOWO Radio AM 1190)

Sunday, Dec. 31.....Chicago Hounds at Komets, 7:30pm (WOWO Radio AM 1190)

(Note: Sunday, Dec. 31 game will start at 7:30pm due to the New Year's Eve holiday)

All games broadcast on radio are also webcast free at Official Site of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club Comcast KometCast.

KOMET PRACTICE PLANNER

Friday, Dec. 29.....10am-11am at McMillen Ice Arena

Sunday, Dec. 31.....10am-11am at the Coliseum

Tuesday, Jan. 2.....in Elmira for Wednesday, Jan. 3 game

Komet Hockey on WOWO.....most of the Komet games are broadcast on WOWO Radio AM 1190 this year with Bob Chase at the Fort Wayne microphone for his 54th consecutive season. Again this year, some games will be aired on WKJG/ESPN Radio AM 1380 as an alternative when conflicts occur. All games broadcast will also be available via the internet at Comcast KometCast at Official Site of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club .

Komets.com.....the official website of the Fort Wayne Komets is Official Site of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club . In addition to featuring the webcasting of free live Komet game radio, Komets.com also provides fans and media with up-to-date teamstats, news, interactive fan features and information as well as real-time scoring via the UHL and Pointstreak. Scoring of all Komet games can be viewed as it happens at Komets.com.
 

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K's ring in 2007 with four games in five nights

Fort Wayne, IN --- The Komets will begin the new year skating 4 games in 5 nights starting with a visit at Elmira Wednesday, Jan. 3. It's the Komets 5th and final meeting of the season as they lead the series 3-1-0. The Komets won a penalty-riddled 5-3 affair in the last match at Elmira Dec. 9. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Komets doubled-up the Jackals 4-2 on Fort Wayne ice Dec. 22. Wednesday's game at Elmira starts at 7:05pm and will not be broadcast on Fort Wayne radio.

The Komets continue on the road at Port Huron Friday with a 7:30pm start. It's the second of 6 meetings this season. The Komets shutout the Flags in their first meeting of the season Nov. 4 at Fort Wayne 6-0. Port Huron is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.


Saturday the Komets faceoff against the Mallards at Quad City at 8pm Fort Wayne time. The Komets lead the series 3-1-0. Saturday's game is the 3rd of 6 at Quad City and the 5th of 11 meetings this season.

Sunday the Komets return home to host the Flint Generals at 5pm. It's the 3rd meeting of the season between the Komets and Generals with the Komets winning the first 2 meetings. Currently the Generals are riding a 4-game losing streak going into the week's play. Flint hosts Elmira in a home double-header Friday and Saturday before traveling to Fort Wayne Sunday.

Tickets for all 2006-07 Komet home games are on sale at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office and online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more . Fans may call the Komet office for ticket information at (260) 483-0011 or make inquiries via e-mail at [email protected] . Ticket information is also available at Official Site of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club .

UHL All Star Coach Pat Bingham....Komet head coach Pat Bingham has clinched the nod as Western Conference All-Star team coach. Former Komet Bruce Ramsay, now head coach of the Muskegon Fury, will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars. The UHL All-Star coaches were chosen according to the best point-percentage in each conference at the end of games played Dec. 31.


Fort Wayne will host the 2007 All-Star Gala Wednesday, Jan. 17 beginning with a player's skills competition at 7pm. Tickets are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office. Fans can also charge by phone at 260-424-1811.
-UHL Standings-

Sunday skate with the Komets.....fans are encouraged to bring their skates to the game this Sunday when the Komets host the Flint Generals at 5pm. Following all remaining Sunday games during the regular season, Komet fans can enjoy a free skate, courtesy of Wendy's.

KOMET GAMES THIS WEEKEND
Wednesday, Jan. 3.....Komets at Elmira Jackals, 7:05pm (no Fort Wayne radio)
Friday, Jan. 5.....Komets at Port Huron Flags, 7:30pm (WOWO Radio AM 1190)
Saturday, Jan. 6.....Komets at Quad City, 8:00pm (WKJG Radio AM 1380)
Sunday, Jan. 7.....Flint Generals at Komets, 5pm (WOWO Radio AM 1190)
All games broadcast on radio are also webcast free at Official Site of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club Comcast KometCast.
-2006-07 Komet schedule-

KOMET PRACTICE PLANNER
No practices on Fort Wayne ice this week (Jan. 1-8)
Tuesday, Jan. 9.....10am-11:30am at McMillen Ice Arena
Wednesday, Jan. 10.....10am-11am at McMillen Ice Arena
Friday, Jan. 12.....10am-11am at the Coliseum
Sunday, Jan. 14.....10am-11am at the Coliseum

Komet Hockey on WOWO.....most of the Komet games are broadcast on WOWO Radio AM 1190 this year with Bob Chase at the Fort Wayne microphone for his 54th consecutive season. Again this year, some games will be aired on WKJG/ESPN Radio AM 1380 as an alternative when conflicts occur. All games broadcast will also be available via the internet at Comcast KometCast at Official Site of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club .

Komets.com.....the official website of the Fort Wayne Komets is Official Site of the Fort Wayne Komet Hockey Club . In addition to featuring the webcasting of free live Komet game radio, Komets.com also provides fans and media with up-to-date teamstats, news, interactive fan features and information as well as real-time scoring via the UHL and Pointstreak. Scoring of all Komet games can be viewed as it happens at Komets.com.
 

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Countdown to Face-Off

For the sixth time this season and the final time at Wings Stadium, this season, the Kalamazoo Wings will battle the Flint Generals. The K-Wings lead the season series with a record of 3-2-0. After tonight, the remaining three encounters between the teams will be played at the Perani Hockey World & Event Center in Flint.

Kalamazoo has skated away victoriously in their last two games including a 3-2 victory Friday in Flint. The two-game winning streak is one game shy of tying the K-Wings' longest winning streak of the season. Home ice has also been good for Kalamazoo, as they are 2-0-2 in their last four games at Wings Stadium.

Wings Stadium has also been good for Flint. This season, the Generals are 2-1-0 in Kalamazoo and have won their last two games at Wings Stadium. The Generals are looking to end 2006 on a high note and snap their three-game losing streak.

Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings Flint Generals

Goals: Nick Bootland (19 Goals) Jason Selleke, Jeff Zehr (12 Goals)

Assists: Glenn Detulleo (24 Assists) Bobby Reynolds (16 Assists)

Points: Kory Karlander (31 Points) Gerard Miller (23 Points)

+/-: Joe Markusen (+11) Mike Kinnie (+/-0)

Penalty Minutes: Jason Lawmaster (89 Minutes) Jason Selleke (118 Minutes)

Power Play Goals: Justin Cross (7 Goals) Jeff Zehr (8 Goals)

Short Handed Goals: Scott Dobben, Kory Karlander (2 Goals) David Frawley (2 Goals)

Game Winning Goals Nick Bootland (4 GW) Terry Merchant, Jeff Zehr (2 GW)

Shots: Nick Bootland (149 Shots) Jason Selleke (98 Shots)

Shooting Percentage: Lucas Drake (22.6%) Jeff Zehr (25.0%)

Shootout Goals: Nick Bootland (3 Goals) Shaun Fisher (1 Goal)

Shootout Percentage: Nick Bootland (100%) Shaun Fisher (100%)

Goals Against Average: Ryan Nie (2.10) Jason Muzzatti (3.24)

Save Percentage: Ryan Nie (0.931) Jason Muzzatti (0.888)

All-Time/ Season Series

All-Time Series: K-Wings Lead All-Time Series: 27-24-3

Season Series: K-Wings Lead Season Series: 3-2-0

Last Meeting: K-Wings Won 3-2 December 29th @ Perani Hockey World & Event Center in Flint, Michigan

Next Meeting: Sunday, January 21st @ Perani Hockey World & Event Center in Flint, Michigan

Ringing in the New Year

Tonight is the 5th Annual New Year's Eve Bash presented by WWMT and COOL 101 FM. Since the inception of the game, the K-Wings are 1-2-1 in the yearly classic, with their lone victory coming in 2004 versus the Kansas City Outlaws.

Home Sweet Home

Kalamazoo has not lost in regulation at Wings Stadium in their last four games (2-0-2). Ironically, the last time the K-Wings suffered a regulation home defeat was December 9th versus Flint.

Dobben Along

Forward Scott Dobben has been finding ways to score. Dobben has lit the lamp in six of his last seven games. Furthermore, the forward has rung up points in eight of his last 10 games, has thrived against Flint scoring six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in five games this season.

Eight Isn't Enough

Forward Lucas Drake enters tonight's game looking to extend an eight-game point streak. The eight-game streak is a season high for the K-Wings and the second longest current streak in the league.

Tickets, Get Your Tickets!!

Tickets for all K-Wings home games are now on sale. Catch all the action as your K-Wings play the very best the UHL has to offer. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Wings Stadium Ticket Office at (269) 345-5101.

Get On-Line

This season, the best way to keep track of your K-Wings is to log onto :: Wings Stadium - Home of Kalamazoo Wings Hockey ::. The site has player profiles, photos, information about Wings Stadium events, and much much more. Fans of myspace can befriend the official site of Wings Stadium and the Kalamazoo Wings at www.myspace.com/wingsstadium.

Drake and Cross on the Radio

Join special guests Lucas Drake and Justin Cross, as they join Head Coach Mark Reeds and the Voice of the K-Wings, Mike Modugno on "K-Wings Live" on January 8th. The show is on Sports Radio AM 1660 Mondays from 6-7 PM at The Cabana Bar and Grille inside the Holiday Inn Kalamazoo on South 11th Street.

K-Wings on Radio

Catch all the K-Wings games home and away on the K-Wings Radio Network (WLKM 95.9 FM and Sports Radio AM 1660). Join the Voice of the K-Wings, Mike Modugno for all 76 regular season games plus the playoffs. Pre-game coverage begins with the Digital Highway Pre-Game Show 15 minutes prior to face-off. For the most complete coverage of the K-Wings from the Opening Face-Off to the Final Buzzer, keep your radio tuned this season to the K-Wings Radio Network.

Upcoming Games

Friday, January 5th @ Quad City 7:00 PM (CST)

Saturday, January 6th @ Rockford 7:00 PM (CST)

Wednesday, January 10th @ Quad City 7:00 PM (CST)

Friday, January 12th Vs Chicago 7:30 PM (Lansing Popcorn Night)
 

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Kalamazoo Wings Week in Review

The Kalamazoo Wings began a four game road stretch on Tuesday (12/26) with a trip to Muskegon to battle the Fury. Kalamazoo was looking to rebound after losing to Muskegon in a shootout at Wings Stadium on Friday (12/22). The K-Wings scored first with a goal from Scott Dobben (10), extending his goal streak to four games. The Fury answered back with a blast from Dave Noel-Bernier (9) at 9:25 into the opening period. Just 46 seconds later, Glenn Detulleo regained the lead for Kalamazoo with his fifth goal of the season. Noel-Bernier (10) tied the game near the end of the first. Kalamazoo scored the only goal in the second stanza when Jesse Rycroft (4) scored his second goal as a member of the K-Wings. Muskegon knotted the game in the third when Noel Bernier (11) recorded his third goal of the night. The hat trick was not enough to keep the Fury ahead as Casey Handrahan (2) scored the game winner with just 3:21 left in the game. Kalamazoo came away with the 4-3 win over Muskegon.

Kalamazoo continued their road trip on Wednesday (12/27) when they traveled to Port Huron to face-off against the Flags. The K-Wings came out strong after Kory Karlander (12) scored a short handed goal just 4:42 into the opening period. Justin Cross lit the lamp 36 seconds later, scoring his 13th goal of the season. Port Huron responded in the second period with a power play goal from Bobby Kukulka (8). Mike Olynyk tied the game with shot from the left point. The Flags went ahead in the third with a tally from Garett Cameron (11). Cross (14) tied the game after he netted a pass from Lucas Drake. The K-Wing tally proved to be not enough as Port Huron went on to score three more goals late in the third, skating away with the 6-3 victory over Kalamazoo.

The K-Wings started back-to-back road games on Friday (12/26) with a visit to the Perani World Hockey Arena & Event Center in Flint to battle the Generals. Kalamazoo struck first when Drake (7) intercepted a pass from Karlander to score on the power play. Flint's Dion Hyman (4) scored a power play goal on a rebound in front of the K-Wings net. The Generals continued the momentum into the second with a goal from Terry Marchant (7). Dobben (11) evened the score for Kalamazoo with just 3:09 left in the second stanza. The third period's only score proved to be the difference maker. Joe Markusen lit the lamp for the second time this season, earning his first game-winner. The K-Wings defeated the Generals 3-2.

Wrapping up their last leg of their road trip before returning home, Kalamazoo traveled to face-off against arch rivals the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday (12/30). The Komets scored late in the first with a one-timer from J.C. Ruid (19). Fort Wayne continued to score into the second when Matt Syroczynski recorded his fourth goal of the season. Kalamazoo struck back with a tally from Dobben (12) with just 1:48 left in the second period. The K-Wings tied the game with an unassisted goal from Cross (15) at 6:04 into the third, forcing the game into a shootout. Kalamazoo's Tom Askey stopped all five attempts from the Komets in the extra session. Nick Bootland scored the only goal in the shootout and the K-Wings beat the Komets 3-2.

Kalamazoo finished off the 2006 portion of their schedule at Wings Stadium on Sunday (12/31) versus Flint during the 5th Annual New Year's Eve Bash. Drake continued his hot streak in the first period, scoring his 8th goal of the year and in the process extending his K-Wings' season high point streak to nine games. Later in opening stanza, Flint's Mike Zbringer (12) knotted the contest at 1-1 with his 12th goal of the year. Kalamazoo took the lead over good with a tally from Cross (16) 15:31 into the second period. The K-Wings put the game out of reach scoring two empty net goals in the third period, helping Kalamazoo to skate away with a 4-1 victory.

Fast Forward

Kalamazoo opens up the 2007 portion of their schedule on the road with a pair of games this weekend. The K-Wings will travel to Quad City on Friday (1/5). The Mallards are currently in third place in the Western Conference with 29 points.

The K-Wings will make the trip to Rockford Saturday (1/6) to battle the IceHogs. Rockford is looking to gain ground on Fort Wayne as they are currently five points out of first place in the Western Conference with 32 points.

Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings

Goals: Nick Bootland (19 Goals)

Assists: Glenn Detulleo (24 Assists)

Points: Kory Karlander, Nick Bootland, Justin Cross (32 Points)

+/-: Joe Markusen (+14)

Penalty Minutes: Jason Lawmaster (89 Minutes)

Power Play Goals: Justin Cross (7 Goals)

Short Handed Goals: Scott Dobben, Kory Karlander (2 Goals)

Game Winning Goals: Nick Bootland (4 GW)

Shots: Nick Bootland (152 Shots)

Shooting Percentage: Lucas Drake (22.2%)

Shootout Goals: Nick Bootland (3 Goals)

Shootout Percentage: Nick Bootland (100%)

Goals Against Average: Ryan Nie (2.10)

Save Percentage: Ryan Nie (0.931)

On the Road Again

After wrapping up the 2006 portion of their schedule last Sunday, Kalamazoo will hit the road for three straight games. The upcoming road trip is all part of a stretch that includes seven of their next 11 games being played on the road.

Up to Nine

Forward Lucas Drake enters the week looking to extend a nine-game point streak. The nine-game streak is a season high for the K-Wings and the second longest current streak in the league.

Out West

The K-Wings will be playing their next three games against the Western Conference, traveling to Quad City and Rockford. The K-Wings are 8-3-0 versus the Western Conference so far this season.

Three Straight

With their 4-1 victory on New Year's Eve versus Flint, the K-Wings have won three consecutive games. The three-game winning streak ties the K-Wings' season high.

The Obscure Stat of the Week

By defeating Flint last Sunday, Kalamazoo is now 2-2-1 during the New Year's Eve Bash. Both K-Wings victories came by the score of 4-1.

Tickets, Get Your Tickets!!

Tickets for all K-Wings home games are now on sale. Catch all the action as your K-Wings play the very best the UHL has to offer. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Wings Stadium Ticket Office at (269) 345-5101.

Get On-Line

This season, the best way to keep track of the K-Wings is to log onto :: Wings Stadium - Home of Kalamazoo Wings Hockey ::. The site has player profiles, photos, information about Wings Stadium events, and much much more. Fans of myspace can befriend the official site of Wings Stadium and the Kalamazoo Wings at www.myspace.com/wingsstadium.

Drake and Cross on the Radio

Join special guests Lucas Drake and Justin Cross, as they join Head Coach Mark Reeds and the Voice of the K-Wings, Mike Modugno on "K-Wings Live". The show is on Sports Radio AM 1660 Mondays from 6-7 PM at The Cabana Bar and Grille inside the Holiday Inn Kalamazoo on South 11th Street. Come join us for the last "K-Wings Live" of 2006.

K-Wings on Radio

Catch all the K-Wings games home and away on the K-Wings Radio Network (WLKM 95.9 FM and Sports Radio AM 1660). Join the Voice of the K-Wings, Mike Modugno for all 76 regular season games plus the playoffs. Pre-game coverage begins with the Digital Highway Pre-Game Show 15 minutes prior to face-off. For the most complete coverage of the K-Wings from the Opening Face-Off to the Final Buzzer, keep your radio tuned this season to the K-Wings Radio Network.

Upcoming Games

Friday, January 5th @ Quad City 7:00 PM (CST)

Saturday, January 6th @ Rockford 7:00 PM (CST)

Wednesday, January 10th @ Quad City 7:00 PM (CST)

Friday, January 12th vs. Chicago 7:30 PM (Lansing Popcorn Night)

Saturday, January 13th vs. Fort Wayne 7:30 PM (Tropical Nights Presented by SeaLandAir Travel)
 

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Muskegon Fury notes

-when The Fury Bowed At Quad City Sunday, 4-2, It Ended Their Road Win Streak At 11; One Shy Of The All-time Uhl Record Set By Kalamazoo Of 12-consecutive Road Wins Set In The 2004-05 Season.

--also With That Same Game, It Marked Muskegon's First Setback This Season Against Western Division Competition As The Fury Were 14(14-0-0) Against The West And 6(6-0-0) On The Road.

--until Their Loss Sunday At Quad City, The Fury Had Been Undefeated In 13-consecutive Games Against The Mallards At 13(12-0-1) Overall And 5(5-0-0) In The Quad Cities.

--the Fury's Monthly Records Thus Far This Season; October 7(7-0-0); November 13(11-2-0); December 14(11-3-0).

--when The Fury Bowed At Quad City Sunday, 4-2, It Marked Only Their Second Defeat In 17-road Games; 17(15-2-0) And Their First Setback Abroad Since Back On November 4th In Elmira.

--with Their 34(29-5-0) Record, The Fury's 29-wins Are 8-more Than The Rest Of The Uhl.

--with Their Come-from Behind 3-2 Triumph Saturday Night At Rockford, The Fury Have Now Earned Road Wins In Every League City This Season.

--muskegon Is Undefeated Entering The Third Period With The Lead At 19(19-0-0) And Also Have A Winning Record When Entering The Third Period Trailing At 4(3-1-0).

--thus Far This Season, The Fury Have Composed Two 8-game Win Streaks, One 7-game Win Streak And Two 3-game Win Streaks.

--through The 2006 Portion Of The Uhl Schedule, The Fury Are Still Perfect On Friday Nights This Season At 12(12-0-0).

--goaltender Clayton Pool Remains Undefeated On The Road This Season At 13(13-0-0) With 2 Of His 3-shutouts And 1.80 Gaa Abroad.

--muskegon Is Ranked #1 In The Uhl Both In Gf (145); Gfa: 4.26 And Ga: 80; Gaa: 2.35.

--the Fury Have Outscored Their Opposition In The First Two Periods Combined, 98-45; 48-22 In The First Period And 50-23 In The Second Period.

--center Todd Robinson (396) Is Just 4-assists Away From Fury Career 400 Which Is 2nd All-time In Fury History.

--right Wing Rustyn Dolyny (130) Is Just 4-goals Away From Tying Brett Seguin (134) For 4th Place On The Fury's All-time Goal List.

--in His Last 16-games, Mike Watt Is 16(15-17-32) For An Average Of 2-points Per Game During That Span.

--the Fury Are 29(27-2-0) When They Score 3 Or More Goals And 22(21-1-0) When They Score 4 Or More.

--the Fury's 9-shg Rank As Second Most In The Uhl Behind Elmira's League-high Of 17-shg.

--the Fury Have Played Shorthanded More Frequently Than Any Other Team In The Uhl; A Total Of 270-times.

--todd Robinson (497) Is Just 3-assists Shy Of Pro Career 500-assists.

--todd Robinson 514(196-497-693) Is 4-goals From Pro Career 200 And 7-points From Pro Career 700.

--philippe Plante (193) Is 7-points From Pro Career 200.

--the Fury's Setback At Quad City Was Their Initial Defeat On Sunday This Season; 6(5-1-0) And 5(4-1-0) On The Road.
 

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Colt King's Hat Trick Lifts Flags to 6-4 Victory over Jackals

(PORT HURON, MICH.) - Port Huron Flags left wing Colt King delivered three goals, two which came in the third period, to erase a 4-2 deficit and beat the Elmira Jackals by the score of 6-4 on Saturday night.

Unusually, in the first period, the clock stopped more often for the 5 goals that were scored than it did for the 4 penalties that were called. Elmira jumped out of the gate hot, scoring less than two minutes into the game. Tommy Kotsopoulos, on a pass from Dan Veenema, shot the puck over Noah Ruden's glove and gave the Jackals an early lead. At 6:13, Brent Cullaton was called for holding, and 12 seconds later, King rebounded Mike Olynyk and Garett Cameron's shots to tie the game. A hooking penalty to Trevor Edwards gave the Jackals an opportunity to take the lead again, and they capitalized, when Dale Lupul went behind Ruden to score. Kotsopoulos and David Morelli were credited with assists. Rob Snowball returned the favor for the Flags, equalizing the game at 16:23, assisted by King and Shayne Tomlinson. Thirty seconds later, Scott Wray's goal put the Jackals up for the third time of the night. Elmira outshot Port Huron, 19-13, throughout the period.

An Elmira power play led to the fourth Jackals goal of the night at 7:25, an unassisted shot from Brent Cullaton. At that point, Coach Stan Drulia made the decision to pull Ruden from goal and put in Dustin Traylen. The majority of the second passed quickly, until the final minute of play began. With 43 seconds left, an elbow from Bobby Kukulka and roughing from Scott Wray led to the first fight of the night. After the penalties were dished out and play resumed, Ryan Markham took exactly 5 seconds to cut the deficit in half, off assists from Pat Sutton and Greg Bullock. Port Huron took the lead in shots on goal in the second with 18, compared to Elmira's 9.

With a 1-4-1 record at home, when trailing after the second period, the Flags had their work cut out for them, especially with 2,186 fans in the largest attendance of the season. The first ten minutes of the third passed with no penalties or goals, but 37 seconds after the halfway point, King scored his second goal of the night, with the assist from Olynyk, tying the match at fours. Frank Littlejohn was sent to the box for interference at 15:38, and seconds after the Flags power play expired, King banged in his third goal of the night, putting the Flags in front for the first time of the night. Elmira pulled goalie Kris Tebbs in an effort to even the score, but an empty net goal from Bullock with 4 seconds on the clock nailed the coffin on the Jackals.

AT&T awarded the First, Second and Third Stars of the Game to King, Olynyk and Josh Elzinga, respectively. The Jackals and the Flags face off again tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m. at McMorran Arena. Following the game, there will be a New Years Eve jersey auction.

BUY 2 GAME TICKETS, GET THE 3rd FREE! Now through January, the Flags are offering a special deal to ensure that fans don't miss a minute of the action. With the purchase of 2 game tickets, the 3rd is free, when purchased in advance through the Flags office. Call (810) 982-FLAG to reserve yours today!

The Port Huron Flags are a community owned, nonprofit member club of the United Hockey League. For more information on the 2006-07 season, contact the front office at (810) 982-3524 or visit the website at porthuronflags.net: Home
 

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Tri-Vision Sports LLC makes statement

The following is a statement from Tri-Vision Sports LLC, the ownership group led by Dr. Kris Tumilowicz and Craig Drecktrah, regarding the recent events surrounding the Rockford IceHogs Professional Hockey Team in the United Hockey League.

We are grateful for the support from all of the Rockford IceHogs fans and members of the Rockford community.

We are also pleased with the support that we have received from the Winnebago County Board in helping us keep our ownership of the Rockford IceHogs in the United Hockey League.

From the beginning it's been Tri Vision Sports intent to continue to own and operate our professional hockey team in the UHL and in the newly renovated Rockford MetroCentre. Notwithstanding that, we've said all along that we would sell the team if we were offered a fair price, and if we were convinced that it was the right thing to do for the fans and community.

We are encouraged by Thursday night's events and pledge to continue working in good faith with the MetroCentre Authority to make both the MetroCentre and the Rockford IceHogs successful for many years to come.
 

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Cloutier, Hogs blank Hounds

Rockford, Ill.- A stingy defense got a little tighter on Friday night as the Rockford IceHogs shutout the Chicago Hounds 3-0 in front of 3,824 at the Rockford MetroCentre. Rockford goalie Frederic Cloutier made 25 saves to earn his first shutout of the season and the Hogs used a quick strike offense to get things rolling for the club's third straight win.

The IceHogs came out of the gates with a lot of pressure on the Hounds and goalie Marty Magers. Rockford took the 1-0 lead after center Preston Mizzi won a face-off deep in the Chicago zone to defenseman Luke Fritshaw who hammered home his third goal of the season at 2:40. Just 19 seconds later, defenseman Nathan Lutz blasted in his third tally of the campaign to put the Hogs up by a pair.

The score remained 2-0 until the third frame when rookie winger Kaleb Betts notched his team-leading 13th goal, firing one past Magers at 13:38. That was more than enough for Cloutier, who was assisted by a tight defense which only allowed 25 shots on goal.

Magers played solid for the Hounds, turning away 40 Rockford shots, but was saddled with the loss due to the lack of offense. Special teams were a non-factor in the game as the Hogs went 0-for-3 on the power play and didn't commit a penalty until the 15:07 mark of the third period.

The three-game winning streak matches a season high for the Hogs as does Lutz's three-game goal scoring stretch. Mizzi chipped in with a pair of assists for Rockford.

Next Game: Saturday, Dec. 30 vs. Muskegon Fury. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. The Hogs and Fury tangle for the first time this season at the Rockford MetroCentre and second time overall. The IceHogs welcome the world famous Zooperstars to the MetroCentre on Saturday for the Hogs final home game of 2006.
 

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Rockford falls 3-2 against UHL's top team

Rockford, Ill.- In the club's final home game of the 2006 calendar year, the Rockford IceHogs coughed up a third period lead and fell to the Muskegon Fury 3-2 in front of 4,131 at the Rockford MetroCentre on Saturday night. The Hogs failed to capitalize on its four third period power-play opportunities and saw a three-game winning streak come to an end.

Trailing by a tally entering the final frame, Muskegon tied the contest at 2-2 with one-second remaining on a power play. At 6:53, winger Dave Noel-Bernier deflected home the equalizer off of a Philipe Plante blast. Then, at 12:33, winger Billy Collins sent an innocent snap-shot in on Hogs goalie Frederic Cloutier moments after another Fury power play had expired. The shot snuck by the Hogs puck-stopper to give Muskegon the lead and eventually the win.

After the Fury hopped on the board in the opening frame with a marker from Justin Kinnunen at 7:42, Rockford would chip in two markers to take the lead. Center Preston Mizzi tied the score at 1-1 on the short hand when he undressed Todd Robinson and blasted home his ninth tally of the season past Clayton Pool at 17:54. In the second period, winger Nicolas Corbeil put Rockford on top on the power play when he fired home a Robin Big Snake rebound at 12:33.

Rockford outshot Muskegon 40-31 in the contest, including 16-9 in the third period, Pool, however, was solid once again making 38 saves. Cloutier was given the loss after turning away 28 Muskegon shots.

Next Home Game: Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington PrairieThunder. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The Hogs play their first game at the MetroCentre in 2007 and open a season long five-game homestand. The game also marks the final of three straight against Bloomington. The first 1,000 fans will receive IceHogs Poster #4 courtesy of Pepsi, Medicine Man, Johnson Press and the Rockford Register Star.

Game Time Change: Tomorrow's IceHogs-PrairieThunder game at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum will get started at 4:05 p.m. The game time was moved up to accommodate viewers of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game.
 

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Three third period goals lift Hogs over Thunder

Bloomington, Ill.- Down 3-1 entering the third period, the Rockford IceHogs rallied back to top the Bloomington PrairieThunder 4-3 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on New Year's Eve. After failing on the their first four power-play opportunities, the fifth one was a charm as Nicolas Corbeil fired home his team-leading 14th goal of the season to give Rockford its first and only lead of the game.

IceHogs defenseman Nathan Lutz carried the puck end-to-end and set Corbeil up on top where he beat Thunder goalie Jeff Reynaert at 18:44 for the game winner. Trailing by a pair to begin the third period, the Hogs began the comeback when winger Chaz Johnson slid in his10th goal of the season past Reynaert at 5:59 of the final period. Winger Jason Ralph, in his first game back from injury, tied the contest for Rockford when he deflected a Dan Boeser slapper in at 6:47.

While skating on a 5-on-3 power play, Bloomington hopped on the board first when winger Alex Goupil pounced on a rebound in front of Hogs goalie Brenden Cuthbert and knocked in his ninth marker of the season at 14:35.

The IceHogs tied the contest in the second period. Center Kevin Ulanski fired home his eighth goal of the season past Reynaert 1:13 into the middle frame making it 1-1. Bloomington responded with a pair of goals to take a two-goal advantage into the second break. Winger Trevor Baker deflected in his first tally of the season at 10:24 before Goupil notched his second of the night, this time on a breakaway at 14:24.

Rockford upped its record to 4-0-0 in Bloomington and outshot them 34-27. The Hogs finished the game 1-for-5 on the advantage while the Thunder went 1-for-2.

Next Home Game: Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington PrairieThunder. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The Hogs play their first game at the MetroCentre in 2007 and open a season long five-game homestand. The game also marks the final of three straight against Bloomington. The first 1,000 fans will receive IceHogs Poster #4 courtesy of Pepsi, Medicine Man, Johnson Press and the Rockford Register Star.
 

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IceHogs win three of four during Week 12

The 2006 calendar year came to an end and the Rockford IceHogs closed the year out in style winning three of four games during Week 12 of the 2006-07 United Hockey League season. Goaltending and defense continue to be stingy for the IceHogs while Nicolas Corbeil and Preston Mizzi are heating up offensively. Week 13 features three more games for Rockford including a pair at home on Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, December 26: Rockford IceHogs 3 at Fort Wayne Komets 1

Friday, December 29: Chicago Hounds 0 vs Rockford IceHogs 3

Saturday, December 30: Muskegon Fury 3 vs. Rockford IceHogs 2

Sunday, December 31: Rockford IceHogs 4 at Bloomington PrairieThunder 3

Transactions

-Rockford winger Jason Ralph was activated from Team Suspension on Sunday, Dec. 31

-Rockford goaltender Brenden Cuthbert was activated from the 7-Day IR on Friday, Dec. 29

-Rockford goaltender Jake Moreland was placed on the 7-Day IR"ˆon Friday, Dec. 29

-Rockford winger Erick Lizon was activated from the 10-Day IR on Tuesday, Dec. 26

Bacon Bits:

Head Coach Steve Martinson coached in his 800th career game on Friday night.

Center Preston Mizzi has a five-game scoring streak, accumulating 2g-5a-7pts and a plus/minus rating of +6.

Winger Nicolas Corbeil also has a five-game scoring streak, racking up 4g-3a-7pts with a +3 plus/minus rating.

Corbeil led the Hogs in scoring in December with 9g-6a-15pts.

Rockford improved to 4-0-0 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum against the Bloomington PrairieThunder this season with Sunday's 4-3 win.

Goaltender Frederic Cloutier finished the month of December with a save percentage of .926 and a goals against average of 2.13.

Despite the solid number, Cloutier's record in December was 5-7-0.

As a team, Rockford's goalies posted a 2.27 goals against average and a .917 save percentage with a record of 8-7-0.

Rockford leads the UHL with 40 major penalties.

A night after squandering a game for only the second time this season when leading after the second period (3-2 vs. Muskegon), Rockford won a game for the first time when trailing entering the third period (4-3 at Bloomington).

Hot Hog Week 12:

After a four-game pointless streak, IceHogs center Preston Mizzi has put together a five-game scoring streak. Last week, in four games, Mizzi accounted for a goal and four assists for Rockford with a plus/minus rating of +6.

Upcoming Games:

Thursday, Jan. 4 at Bloomington PrairieThunder. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Rockford and Bloomington renew their rivalry in the clubs' first game of 2007. The game also marks the second of three straight between the Western Conference rivals and the fifth of seven at the U.S Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington PrairieThunder. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The Hogs play their first game at the MetroCentre in 2007 and open a season long five-game homestand. The game also marks the final of three straight against Bloomington. The first 1,000 fans will receive IceHogs Poster #4 courtesy of Pepsi, Medicine Man, Johnson Press and the Rockford Register Star.

Saturday, Jan. 6 vs. Kalamazoo Wings. The showdown starts at 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs welcome the defending Colonial Cup Champion Kalamazoo Wings back to the MetroCentre for the second time this season. The first 1,000 fans to the game on Saturday will pick up an IceHogs Fleece Stadium Blanket from Lonnie's Carpet Max.

The IceHogs Broadcasting Network:

Rockford IceHogs fans can catch all IceHogs Regular and Post Season games on Rockford's Voice, WNTA-AM 1330. Fans can also watch and listen to the Hogs on the World Wide Web with the B2 Networks! Log on to the IceHogs Web site (icehogs.com) and click on the "click here to watch the game live" icon, and for just $6 you can catch all of the IceHogs action on your computer. Once again this season, ESPN"ˆRadio "The Jock" 1380 AM will broadcast 20 Hogs games during the regular season. Check your local listings for game times and dates. Also, fans with Insight Cable television can tune in to Channel 57 for all the IceHogs hockey action this season. The broadcast begins with the Pregame Show 30 minutes before the puck drops. Make sure to give your opinion during the Post-Game Call-In Show following each home game at (815) 874-8255.

No HogTalk This Week At Shooter's North:

There will be no Bud Light HogTalk this week at Shooter's North. The show, which is hosted by WXRX's Jim Stone and Double T will resume on Monday, Jan. 8. The show runs from 7-8 p.m. and features IceHogs Head Coach Steve Martinson and a pair of IceHogs players.

The King's Table Cafe Offers Special Pregame Menu:

The King's Table Cafe, located at 308 West State St. in Stewert Square, is offering IceHogs fans Game Night specials. Fans that stop by The King's Table Cafe can take advantage of an All You Can Eat Chili Bar for $5.95 ($2.50 for kids), All You Can Eat"ˆHot Dog Bar for $5.95 ($2.50 for kids), All You Can Eat Taco Bar for $5.95 ($2.50 for kids) and "Mallard" Chicken Tender Night for just $5.95 ($2.50 for Kids). The King's Table Cafe is open before IceHogs games from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact The King's Table Cafe at (815) 986-0874.

Week 13 Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 4 at Bloomington, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Bloomington, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 6 vs. Kalamazoo, 7:05 p.m.
 
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