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Generals Make Trade

FLINT, MI - The Flint Generals of the United Hockey League announce today a trade with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder. The Generals sent two players to Bloomington in exchange for forward Shawn Snider and future considerations.

Snider is in his second season of professional hockey and first season in the UHL. Last season he played for the Phoenix Roadrunners of the ECHL where he had 26 points on 12 goals and 14 assists in 70 games. Snider began this season with the Kalamazoo Wings before being traded to Bloomington. He had 19 points on four goals and 15 assists in 23 games with Kalamazoo. After being sent to Bloomington he appeared in eight games with the Prairie Thunder and had two goals.

Before beginning his professional career, Snider played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with three teams. His best season was 2000-01 with the Owen Sound Attack when he had 27 goals and 49 assists for 76 points in 61 games. After four years in the OHL he played three seasons at St. Francis Xavier University.

The Generals also get future considerations from Bloomington to complete the deal. In exchange for Snider and the future considerations, the Prairie Thunder get defenseman Dion Hyman and forward Mike Zbriger. Hyman had 14 points on four goals and 10 assists in 35 games for the Generals. Zbriger, who was acquired earlier this season from Chicago, had seven goals and seven assists in 29 games for the Generals. This season Zbriger has 12 goals and seven assists in 33 games.

The Generals are home Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6 against the Elmira Jackals. Both games will start at 7:30 p.m. at Perani Arena. There will be a skate with the team following the game on Saturday night. Call the Perani Arena box office at (810) 742-9422 for ticket information.
 

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PrairieThunder obtains Zbriger, Hyman from Flint

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Bloomington PrairieThunder obtained right wing Mike Zbriger and defenseman Dion Hyman from the Flint Generals on Tuesday for center Shawn Snider and a player to be named.

The 24-year Zbriger is a rookie, who started the season with the Chicago Hounds before being traded to Flint after four games. He played 29 games with the Generals, scoring seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.

For the season, the 5-foot-10, 178-pound Zbriger has scored 12 goals with seven assists for 19 points. He had five goals with Chicago.

"With Rennie (Tyler Rennette) coming back at center, it created a situation where we needed to get a winger," said PrairieThunder coach Derek Booth. "Zbriger is a first-year guy who we can build around."

The 25-year-old Hyman is in his fifth year in professional hockey. He played 35 games with the Generals this year, scoring four goals with 10 assists for 14 points.

During his career, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Hyman has played at Laredo, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Laval and Memphis in the CHL, AHL and LNAH. He has scored 27 goals and added 64 assists for 91 career points.

"Hyman brings a toughness to the team, which is something we need," said Booth.

Shawn Snider's stay with the PrairieThunder was brief. He was obtained in a trade from Kalamazoo for Jason Lawmaster on Dec. 11. He played in eight games for the PrairieThunder, scoring two goals. He is currently on the 7-day injured reserve list.

Booth expects Zbriger and Hyman to play for the PrairieThunder in Thursday 7:05 p.m. Western Conference game against Rockford at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in United Hockey League action.
 

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Johnson loaned to Milwaukee

Rockford, Ill.- Rockford IceHogs Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Steve Martinson announced on Tuesday that winger Chaz Johnson was loaned to the IceHogs American Hockey League affiliate Milwaukee Admirals. The AHL call-up is Johnson's first of the 2006-07 season.

Johnson is currently skating in his second professional season. In 31 games with Rockford, Johnson has 10 goals, seven assists and 103 penalty minutes. Last season, Johnson appeared in eight games with the Admirals and netted a goal during in two call-ups.

Prior to coming to Rockford this season Johnson attended Chicago Wolves (AHL) training camp. After getting released from Chicago the Montreal, Quebec native returned to the IceHogs for his second stint. During his rookie campaign in 2005-06 in Rockford, Johnson accumulated 23g-22a-45pts in 66 games.

Johnson is the second IceHogs skater to receive an AHL promotion this season as goaltender Frederic Cloutier was loaned twice to the "A", once each to Milwaukee and Chicago.

Next Homestand: 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 games 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. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The Hogs and Wings mix it up once again at the MetroCentre. The first 1,000 fans to the game will receive an IceHogs Stadium Blanket from Lonnie's Carpet Max.
 

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Flags Finish 2006 Strong, Posting 9-2-3 Record in December

Game Recaps

Wednesday, Dec. 27 Kalamazoo 3 vs. Port Huron 6

Kalamazoo took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but were matched on goals from Bobby Kukulka and Mike Olynyk in the second. Garett Cameron then gave the Flags the lead early in the third, but Kalamazoo struck back, tying up the contest several minutes later. Port Huron responded with three straight goals from Colt King, Greg Bullock and B.J. Adams to secure a solid victory.

Friday, Dec. 29 Port Huron 3 @ Elmira 4 (SO)

On the road, Bullock scored the only goal of the first period, but the Jackals netted three in the second, giving them a comfy 2-goal lead. Cameron and Ryan Markham's goals during the third sent the game to a shootout where Elmira edged out the Flags by one point.

Saturday, Dec. 30 Elmira 4 vs. Port Huron 6

Back at home, Port Huron scored 4 goals in the third period to erase a 2-goal deficit and some up with a big win. The visitors scored first, but King equalized the match for nearly ten minutes until Elmira took a goal lead again. Robert Snowball tied it up again, but the Elmira scored the next two, going up 4-2. Markham cut the lead to one in the second period. During the third, King scored twice, winning the game for the Flags and recording the team's first hat trick of the season. B.J. Adams netted his first goal of the season near the end of the game, capitalizing on an empty net situation and putting the icing on the cake.

Sunday, Dec. 31 Elmira 3 vs. Port Huron 4

Elmira took another early lead in the game, but Olynyk banged in a rebound to tie the game in the first period. The Jackals then scored 3 unanswered goals. Port Huron never stopped fighting, scoring 2 goals in the last 5 minutes from Craig Mahon and Bobby Kukulka and very nearly sending the game to a shootout. Time ran out before they could capitalize.

Player of the Week: Greg Bullock

DATE Vs. G A PTS PIM +/-

12/27 Kalamazoo 1 2 3 0 0

12/29 Elmira 1 1 2 0 0

12/30 Elmira 1 1 2 0 +1

12/31 Elmira 0 1 1 2 -3

TOTALS 4 3 5 8 2 -2

Greg led the team in points this week, recording 3 goals and 5 assists. He currently owns the league's longest point streak (18 pts in 10 straight games) as well as the longest assists run (7 in 6 consecutive contests). He was named 1st Star of the Game on Wednesday for his goal and 2 assists. Greg's non-flashy presence on the ice has quietly propelled the Flags to many of its recent victories.

Goaltender of the Week: Noah Ruden

DATE Vs. W/L/SOL MIN GA SAVES SPCT.

12/27 Kalamazoo 1/0/0 60:00 3 28 .903

12/29 Elmira 0/0/1 60:00 3 31 .918

12/30 Elmira No decision 27:25 4 21 .840

12/31 Elmira No decision 2:22 0 1 1.000

TOTALS 4 1/0/1 149:47 10 81 .890

Noah saw ice time in all 4 games this week and picked up his first career win over Kalamazoo on Wednesday night. He entered Sunday's contest, late in the third when Dustin Traylen left with an injury. Noah stayed sharp in front of the net, giving the Flags the opportunity to cut a 3-goal deficit to one, and nearly tie the game in the final seconds. He is currently on a 4-game unbeaten streak, with his last regulation loss coming on Nov. 17 against Flint. He is the only number two goalie in the league that holds a spot on the top ten list. With a 3.15 GAA, ee is at number seven, just two back from Dustin Traylen (#5, 2.69).

Team Notes

- Colt King's hat trick during Saturday's game against Elmira was the first of the season for the Flags and the second of King's career

- Saturday's victory over the Jackals improved the Flags' record to 14-14-5, setting them at a .500 pct for the first time of the season

- B.J. Adams scored his first goal of the season, an empty-netter vs. Kalamazoo

- The Flags culminated in a 9-game unbeaten streak over 17 days (12/13-12/30) that included 3 road contests. It is the league's longest non-loss campaign in the season

- Additionally, Port Huron is unbeaten on the road in December (2-0-3), which is the current longest run in the league. Their last loss outside of McMorran Arena occurred on Nov. 25 in Bloomington

- The Flags have maintained sole possession of 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and are just one point back from Rockford for 4th place in the league.

- The team posted its best monthly record in December, going 9-2-3 and racking up 21 points

- Port Huron is the only team in the league to have both goalies in the top 10 standings for GAA. They are also the only franchise not to receive any game, gross or match misconducts on the year.

- At 85.4%, the Flags are 4th in the league for penalty killing at home

- Third period play is where the Flags shine the brightest, outscoring their opponents 40-28. They are 7-1-1 when tied and 5-1-0 when leading after the second.

- Bobby Kukulka holds the league's longest scoring streak of the season, scoring 8 goals in 7 consecutive games from Dec. 13 to Dec. 29.

- Captain Greg Bullock holds the current record for points and assists streaks, having recorded 7 assists in 6 straight games and 18 points in 10 contests.

UHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Team GP W L SOL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY

Muskegon 34 29 5 0 58 .853 145 80 1060 14-3-0 15-2-0

Kalamazoo 33 21 10 2 44 .667 112 80 742 10-5-2 11-5-0

Port Huron 34 14 15 5 33 .485 93 107 821 11-7-2 3-8-3

Elmira 31 16 15 0 32 .516 104 111 1070 8-6-0 8-9-0

Flint 36 13 21 2 28 .389 94 130 933 6-11-1 7-10-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE

GP W L SOL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY

Fort Wayne 30 19 10 1 39 .650 108 75 900 12-3-1 7-7-0

Rockford 31 16 13 2 34 .548 95 87 846 8-6-2 8-7-0

Quad City 30 13 14 3 29 .483 101 114 794 6-6-2 7-8-1

Chicago 29 11 17 1 23 .397 77 92 595 7-6-0 4-11-1

Bloomington 32 8 22 2 18 .281 66 119 682 5-10-0 3-12-2

Upcoming Games:

Friday, Jan. 5 vs. Fort Wayne Komets (Home)

Saturday, Jan. 6 vs. Muskegon Fury (Home)

Sunday, Jan. 7 @ Chicago Hounds

The Flags have a tough weekend ahead of them, facing the Western Conference leaders on Friday and the Eastern Conference and league leaders on Saturday. Both Fort Wayne and Muskegon have high-powered offenses and the Flags defensive unit will have to look sharp to neutralize their opponents' attacks. Fort Wayne has not played at McMorran yet, but in the teams' only meeting, thus far the Komets blanked the visiting Flags, 6-0. Guy Dupuis and Mario Larocque are second and third respectively in the league in defensive scoring, with a combined total of 50 points. The Flags will rely on Greg Bullock, Steve Hildenbrand and Colt King to put points on the board, while using their home ice advantage. When playing at home, the Flags are 11-7-2 and they are 6-3-0 against the Western Conference.

When Muskegon comes to town, the Flags will have their work cut out for them. In their most recent match on December 9, Muskegon hung on for a shoot-out victory, but prior to that, Port Huron had lost every game to the Fury by a minimum of two goals. Muskegon players top the charts of the league's scoring leaders, with Todd Robinson, Mike Watt and Rustyn Dolyny totaling 162 points on the season. Goaltender Clayton Pool is allowing the smallest number of average goals with a 1.96 GAA. However, Ryan Markham and Colt King have had some success against the Fury. In 3 games, Markham has recorded 2g-3a-5p and a +1 rating, while in 2 contests, King has 2g-2a-5p and is +1 also.

Traveling to Chicago on Sunday, the Flags will meet the expansion Hounds for the first time, who are 7-6-0 at home and 4-8-1 against Eastern Conference opponents.

Final Game Scores:

Wednesday, Dec. 27 Kalamazoo Wings 3

Port Huron 6 W

Friday, Dec. 29 Port Huron 3

Elmira Jackals 4 SOL

Saturday, Dec. 30 Elmira Jackals 4

Port Huron 6 W

Sunday, Dec. 31 Elmira Jackals 3

Port Huron 4 L

Flags Season Record: 14-15-5

At home: 10-7-2 On the road: 4-8-3

Conference: 7-12-5 Non-Conference: 7-3-0

Eastern Standing: 3rd League Standing: 4th
 

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UHL Names Four Mallards to All-Star Squad

Moline, IL-The United Hockey League announced today the rosters for the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic. Four Mallards forwards were selected to play on the Western Conference Team. Mallards veterans Don Parsons and Chad Woollard will represent the team along with rookies Brett Pilkington and Justin Chwedoruk.

Parsons finished 2006 as the leading goal scorer in the UHL. The 14th-year forward has 25 goals with 10 assists for a team-leading 35 points. He ranks seventh in the league in points. In December, Parsons lead the league with 16 goals and ranked second in scoring with 21 points.

Woollard is tied for eighth in scoring in the UHL with 33 points. He leads the Mallards in assists with 21 and has also added 12 goals. This marks the second consecutive trip to the UHL All-Star Classic for the Durham, Ontario native.

Chwedoruk ranks third amongst UHL rookies in scoring with 29 points on nine goals and 20 assists. He is second amongst first-year UHLers in assists. Chwedoruk recorded 19 points (seven goals and 12 assists) in 14 games during the month of December.

Pilkington has 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points on the season. He is tied for third in scoring amongst UHL rookies and ranks fifth in points by a rookie. Pilkington was acquired by Quad City from Kalamazoo on November 20th with defenseman Mathieu Wathier in exchange for center Glenn Detulleo. In 18 games since joining the team, the Calgary, Alberta native has 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists.

The UHL All-Star Classic will be played in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 17th. The Western Conference All-Stars will be composed of players from UHL teams in Bloomington, Chicago, Fort Wayne, Quad City and Rockford. The Eastern Conference All-Stars will feature players from Elmira, Flint, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Port Huron.

The Mallards are home on Friday night to host the Kalamazoo Wings. Game time is 7:00 p.m. The Mallards opening home stand of 2007 continues on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Wayne. It's Mercer County Night as all residents, businesses and employees from Mercer County will receive tickets for just $10. For more information call the Mallards office at (309) 764-7825. Individual tickets for all Mallards home games are available at The MARK box office, via phone at (563) 326-1111 or on-line at ticketmaster.com.
 

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Stauffacher Earns UHL Player of the Week Honors

Moline, IL-The United Hockey League announced today that Mallards forward Luke Stauffacher has been named the Sher-Wood United Hockey League Player of the Week for the period of December 25th through 31st. Stauffacher recorded nine points (four goals and five assists) in four games last week. His selection marks the second consecutive week that a Mallard has been named UHL Player of the Week. Don Parsons earned the award for the week of December 18th through 24th.

Stauffacher began the week with a two-point game on December 26th vs. Chicago. The Sun Prairie, Wisconsin native scored his ninth goal of the year in the first period and added an assist in the game's final minute.

After being held pointless vs. Muskegon on Friday, Stauffacher exploded for a UHL season high six points on December 30th in Flint. He recorded two goals in the first 5:41 of the Mallards win over Flint. He added single assists in the first and third period while also assisting on both second period shorthanded goals by Justin Chwedoruk.

The scrappy Mallards forward wrapped up his week long scoring binge with a second period goal vs. Muskegon on Sunday at The MARK.

The Mallards are home on Friday night to host the Kalamazoo Wings. Game time is 7:00 p.m. The Mallards opening home stand of 2007 continues on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. vs. Fort Wayne. It's Mercer County Night as all residents, businesses and employees from Mercer County will receive tickets for just $10. For more information call the Mallards office at (309) 764-7825. Individual tickets for all Mallards home games are available at The MARK box office, via phone at (563) 326-1111 or on-line at ticketmaster.com.
 
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