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Shootout ups and downs

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO --- Many people consider a penalty shot to be the most exciting play in hockey. It involves a one-on-one situation displaying the skills of both the goaltender and skater. Since the 1995-96 season, the United Hockey League (UHL) has used a shootout in the regular season to decide games that are tied after regulation. The shootout takes the most exciting play in hockey and uses the individual talents of players to decide which team earns the victory.

Four of the ten games during the past weekend were decided in a shootout. Prior to the weekend, it had been 19 games since a UHL contest was decided by the extra session. The Port Huron Flags had failed in their previous four shootouts this season, but captured back-to-back shootout victories during the 11th week of the 2006-07 campaign. The Flags had converted just 2 of 19 attempts in their first four shootouts, but were successful on 5 of 12 in their two recent shootout wins. Their success extended their winning streak to six-games.

The Muskegon Fury had competed in just one shootout this season prior to the past weekend, but also found themselves in back-to-back contests that needed the extra session. Muskegon was the last team to compete in a shootout this season as their first 23 games were decided in regulation. Since that time, 3 of their last 6 games have ended in a shootout. The Fury have won all three shootouts as they have converted on 8 of 15 attempts.

Kalamazoo and Bloomington found themselves on the losing twice during the weekend as they each lost to Port Huron and Muskegon in the shootout. Bloomington had won their previous two attempts in the shootout, but converted just once in nine shootout rounds to drop the two contests. Kalamazoo had also won their first crack at a shootout early in the season, but converting in 3 of 11 rounds wasn't enough to capture a victory last week.

The Elmira Jackals have been the most efficient UHL team in the shootout as they have converted on 11 of 17 attempts for a league leading .647 conversion rate. Fort Wayne goaltenders have been the toughest to solve as they have allowed just one goal in 13 attempts for a league leading .923 shootout save percentage.

UHL teams that win a shootout earn two points in the standings and the win. The losing team in the shootout earns one point and a shootout loss.

DOUBLE TAKE - Muskegon defenseman Josh Chase was joined in the lineup by twin brother Jeremy for two games over the weekend. Josh recorded an assist and a plus-4 rating over the two contests while Jeremy was held scoreless. They are the third set of brothers to play in the UHL this season, but the first to play on the same team this year. Kalamazoo's Adam Elzinga and Port Huron's Josh Elzinga were teammates last season in Kalamazoo. Flint's Tony Tuzzolino and Fort Wayne's Nick Tuzzolino have also seen UHL action this season.

ALL-STAR COACH - The first place coach in each conference as of games played on December 31st will be selected as the head coach for their respective conferences in the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic. Muskegon Fury head coach Bruce Ramsay clinched a spot as the head coach for the Eastern Conference. Friday's 5-4 shootout win over Kalamazoo secured his spot in the mid-season event. Kalamazoo's Mark Reeds was mathematically eliminated from contention for the honor when his club was saddled with Friday' shootout loss.

In the Western Conference, Fort Wayne's Pat Bingham holds an edge over Rockford's Steve Martinson by six points in the standings. Fort Wayne has five games to play before the December 31st deadline while Rockford has four games before the deadline including a Tuesday match-up in Fort Wayne. A win or shootout loss by Fort Wayne tonight would clinch the coaching spot for Pat Bingham.

QUICK HAT TRICK - Quad City Mallards forward Luke Stauffacher recorded a "hat trick" (3g) in Friday's 7-2 win vs. Flint. All three goals came in the third period during a span of 2:25 of game time. Teammate Justin Chwedoruk assisted on all three of the goals.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Bloomington PrairieThunder - (0-1-2) - The PrairieThunder have not won in five straight games...Defenseman Jeff Cameron's power play goal on Saturday vs. Muskegon snapped an 0 for 35 drought on the power play for Bloomington that lasted over 20 periods of play...Forward Andre Niec has three goals in his seven games played with the club this season...The team plays four of their next five games on home ice where they have a 5-7-0 record this season...Bloomington has the third best power play on home ice (18.1%) among UHL teams.

Chicago Hounds - (1-1-0) - Winger Greg Koehler has four goals over his last four games...Goaltender Marty Magers stopped all 32 Rockford shots on Friday to earn his second shutout of the season. It was his 15th consecutive start in net for the Hounds...After Maris Ziedins shorthanded goal on Friday, the Hounds are now tied for third in the UHL with seven shorthanded goals this season...Chicago is 6-3-0 this season when scoring the first goal of the game, but have lost two of their last three in which they scored first.

Elmira Jackals - (1-1-0) - The Jackals snapped their six-game losing skid with a 6-2 victory over Chicago on Saturday. They were outscored 27-13 during the streak...Goaltender David Lemanowicz picked up his first victory of the season making 29 saves during Saturday's win. He made back-to-back starts over the weekend after Kris Tebbs had started the previous 18 for the club...Right wing Brent Cullaton is riding a four-game point streak and has nine points (3g, 6a) during that span.

Flint Generals - (0-2-0) - The Generals have lost their last three games...After scoring just two points (2a) in his first 29 games, defenseman Sean Kotary had two points (1g, 1a) in his last two games...Defenseman Gerard Miller had his four-game point streak snapped in Friday's 7-2 loss to Quad City...Goaltender Bryan Worosz made a personal season high 40 saves in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Rockford...Center Terry Marchant recorded his fifth multi-point game of the season when he scored two points (1g, 1a) on Friday.

Fort Wayne Komets - (2-0-0) - The Komets won their third consecutive home game with a 4-2 win over Elmira on Friday...Left wing Matt Syroczynski is riding a five-game point streak. He has a point in six of the last seven games. He had not scored a point in the previous 15 games he has played this season...After trailing 1-0 on Saturday, the Komets scored three goals in the first period and held on for a 3-2 victory vs. Quad City...Rookie center Scott Seney dished out two assists in his debut with the team on Saturday.

Kalamazoo Wings - (0-0-2) - Forwards Glenn Detulleo, Lucas Drake, Scott Dobben, and Justin Cross are all riding four-game point streaks...Defenseman Joe Markusen is plus-10 over his last 11 games and now leads the team in plus/minus...Nick Bootland is two games shy of 600 for his career...Kalamazoo has not had a fighting major penalty in their past 11 games...Kory Karlander is one assist shy of 300 for his career...The next four games for the club are on the road. They play five games in the next six days.

Muskegon Fury - (2-0-0) - The Fury have won ten consecutive games on the road...Muskegon is undefeated vs. Western Conference opponents this season (12-0-0)...Left wing Mike Watt is riding a ten-game point streak... Center Todd Robinson fired a UHL season high 14 shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout win vs. Bloomington... Right wing Rustyn Dolyny is on a league season high 13-game point streak...The Fury have a road win in every UHL city this season with the exception of Rockford, where they have yet to play a game.

Port Huron Flags - (2-0-0) - The Flags have won a team record six straight games...They have won four straight at home...Winger Bobby Kukulka is riding a six-game goal streak...Saturday's 4-3 shootout win was the first win for the Flags at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo...Goaltender Dustin Traylen has won his last four starts. He is tied with teammate Noah Ruden for fourth place among UHL goaltenders in save percentage (.913)...Port Huron is 6-3-0 vs. Western Conference opponents including three straight wins.

Quad City Mallards - (2-1-0) - The Mallards scored seven goals in consecutive games during the week...Right wing Chad Woollard dished out four assists in Wednesday's 7-1 win vs. Bloomington. He has seven points (3g, 4a) over his last three games...Seven different Mallard players had multi-point games during the week...Defenseman Sergei Durdin has six points (1g, 5a) over his last four games...Defenseman Nick Harloff is riding a four-game point streak...Forward Brett Pilkington has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 14 games since being acquired in a trade.

Rockford IceHogs - (1-1-0) - Goaltender Jake Moreland make his debut with the club on Saturday and made 29 saves to earn the 4-2 win vs. Flint...Center Preston Mizzi ended a seven-game drought without a goal when he netted the game-winner on Saturday...17 of the 27 games for the IceHogs this season have been decided by two goals or less...Rockford has a record of 3-7-1 on Friday nights, but a record of 7-3-1 on Saturday nights this season...Right wing Bryce Cockburn made his debut this weekend and scored a goal in just his second game.
 

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UHL names weekly award winners

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO--- The United Hockey League (UHL) announced Tuesday that Quad City Mallards forward Don Parsons has been named Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Week and Fort Wayne Komets goaltender Kevin St. Pierre has been named Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending Sunday, December 24th, 2006.

Parsons completed the week with seven points (5g, 2a) and a plus-2 rating in three games played. He netted four goals, including the game-winner, in Wednesday's 7-1 win vs. Bloomington. The four goals is the most in a game this season by any UHL player. He registered two points (1g, 1a) in Friday's 7-1 win vs. Flint. Parsons then dished out an assist in the 3-2 loss to Fort Wayne on Saturday. The 37-year-old native of Boston, Massachusetts is currently riding a five-game point streak. He has 12 points (8g, 4a) during that span. He currently ranks second in the UHL with 21 goals. Parsons recently netted his 600th professional goal becoming only the third United States born player at any level of professional hockey to accomplish that mark. He also has become the leading United States born goal scorer in minor professional hockey history.

Other players nominated for the Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Week include: Bloomington defenseman Jarad Bourassa, Elmira right wing Brent Cullaton, Fort Wayne left wing Matt Syroczynski, Kalamazoo forward Scott Dobben, Muskegon left wing Evan Kotsopoulos, Port Huron left wing Colt King, and Rockford defenseman Nathan Lutz.

St. Pierre finished the week with a 2-0-0 record, a 2.00 goals against average (GAA), and a .940 save percentage (SPCT). On Friday, he made 23 saves in the 4-2 win vs. Elmira. He then made 40 saves, including 19 in the third period, in the 3-2 win vs. Quad City on Saturday. The 31-year-old native of Sherbrooke, Quebec has made 14 consecutive starts in net for the Komets. He has played more minutes (1371:17) than any other UHL goaltender. He currently ranks second in the league in wins (16), GAA (2.19), and SPCT (.929). St. Pierre also ranks third in saves (654). It is the third weekly honor for him this season.

Other goaltenders nominated for the Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Week include: Chicago's Marty Magers, Elmira's David Lemanowicz, Flint's Bryan Worosz, Kalamazoo's Ryan Nie, Muskegon's Clayton Pool, Port Huron's Dustin Traylen, Quad City's Jason Tapp, and Rockford's Jake Moreland.
 

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Countdown to Face-Off

For the second time in five days, the two top teams in both the Eastern Conference and the United Hockey League will face-off, as the Kalamazoo Wings travel to the L.C. Walker Arena to battle the Muskegon Fury. Kalamazoo trails the season series with Muskegon with a record of 1-3-1. However, the K-Wings did defeat the Fury 3-2 in their last encounter in Muskegon back on December 2nd.

Unbeaten in their last four games (2-0-2), the K-Wings hit the ice trying to extend their longest unbeaten streak of the season. Tonight also starts a hectic week for Kalamazoo, in which they will play five games over the next six nights, including four straight away from Wings Stadium.

The last time Muskegon tasted defeat was December 2nd against the K-Wings at L.C. Walker Arena. In the 24 days since their last loss, the Fury have gone on a seven-game winning streak, the longest current winning streak in the UHL. Muskegon comes into the game with a 16 point lead over Kalamazoo for the top spot in the conference.

Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings Muskegon Fury

Goals: Nick Bootland (19 Goals) Todd Robinson (23 Goals)

Assists: Glenn Detulleo (23 Assists) Todd Robinson (36 Assists)

Points: Nick Bootland (29 Points) Todd Robinson (59 Points)

+/-: Joe Markusen (+10) David Van Drunen (+29)

Penalty Minutes: Tyler Willis (73 Minutes) Adam Smyth (101 Minutes)

Power Play Goals: Justin Cross (7 Goals) Todd Robinson, Mike Watt (8 Goals)

Short Handed Goals: Scott Dobben (2 Goals) Todd Robinson (5 Goals)

Game Winning Goals: Nick Bootland (4 GW) Todd Robinson (6 GW)

Shots: Nick Bootland (136 Shots) Todd Robinson (142 Shots)

Shooting Percentage: Lucas Drake (31.6%) Kelly Thompson (37.5%)

Shootout Goals: Nick Bootland, Glenn Detulleo (2 Goals) Todd Robinson, Philippe Plant

Adam Smyth (2 Goals)

Shootout Percentage: Nick Bootland, Glenn Detulleo (100%) Rustyn Dolyny, Adam Smyth (100%)

Goals Against Average: Ryan Nie (2.11) Clayton Pool (1.86)

Save Percentage: Ryan Nie (0.930) Clayton Pool (0.938)

All-Time/ Season Series

All-Time Series: K-Wings Trail All-Time Series: 22-42-8

Season Series: K-Wings Trail Season Series: 1-3-1

Last Meeting: K-Wings Lost 5-4 in a Shootout December 22nd @ Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Next Meeting: Sunday January 14th @ L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan

Nearing a Milestone

Kory Karlander is closing in on a personal milestone. With his next assist, Karlander with eclipse the 300-assist plateau in his illustrious career.

Rolling Along

Kalamazoo travels to Muskegon having not lost a game in regulation in their last four games. The four-game unbeaten streak is the longest this season by the K-Wings.

Four With Four

Glenn Detulleo, Lucas Drake, Justin Cross and Scott Dobben all enter tonight's game looking to extend four-game point streaks. In addition, Dobben also has a three-game goal streak coming into this evening's game, which is one-game shy of tying Nick Bootland for the K-Wings' season high.

Game On

Tonight starts a strenuous stretch of games for the Kalamazoo Wings. Including this evening's game against Muskegon, Kalamazoo will play five games over the next six days.

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. Come join us for the last "K-Wings Live" of 2006. Remember "K-Wings Live" will be on a two-week hiatus due to the holidays.

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

Wednesday, December 27th @ Port Huron 7:00 PM

Friday, December 29th @ Flint 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 30th @ Fort Wayne 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 31st Vs Flint 7:30 PM (5th Annual New Year's Eve Bash presented by WWMT and COOL 101)
 

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Parsons Named UHL Player of the Week

Moline, IL-The United Hockey League announced today that Mallards forward Don Parsons has been named the Sher-Wood United Hockey League Player of the Week for the period of December 18th through 24th. Parsons recorded seven points (five goals and two assists) in three Mallards games last week.

Parsons kicked off last week with a four-goal performance vs. the Bloomington PrairieThunder on December 20th at The MARK. The first goal of the night was the 602nd of Parsons' pro career, good for first on the all-time goal scoring list in minor pro hockey amongst American-born players. Parsons netted his second goal of the night with 40 seconds in the first period before scoring power-play goals in the second and third periods. The Boston native's heroics sparked a 7-1 Quad City win over the PrairieThunder.

On Friday night vs. Flint, Parsons scored in the second period to spark a run of four unanswered Quad City goals. The tally was his UHL-leading 14th power-play goal of the year. Parsons also assisted on a Chad Woollard goal early in the third period as Quad City cruised to a 7-2 win over Flint. Parsons capped his week with an assist on Saturday in the Mallards 3-2 loss to Fort Wayne.

Parsons' outstanding week moved him into a tie with Quad City's Chad Woollard for sixth in UHL scoring with 31 points. On the season, Parsons is second in UHL goal scoring with 21 markers.

The Mallards are home tonight to take on Chicago in the final contest of a four game home stand. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at The MARK box office, via phone at (563) 326-1111 or on-line at ticketmaster.com. After the game, join the Mallards at Portabella's in downtown Moline for a post-game party with players.
 

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Kalamazoo Wings Week in Review

The K-Wings commenced their two-game week on Friday (12/22) against the Muskegon Fury. Kalamazoo opened up the scoring midway through the first period on a slap shot from Adam Elzinga (5). Muskegon closed out the period registering three unanswered goals to claim a 3-1 lead. The K-Wings dominated the second period killing off six Muskegon power-play chances and using that momentum to create scoring chances. Forward Jesse Rycoft capped his first-goal as a K-Wing 7:22 into the period. A little over two-minutes later, Scott Dobben tipped in a rebound to knot the game at 2-2. The game remained tied until the final minute when Muskegon's Chase Trull (2) scored the go ahead goal with just 43 seconds remaining. With Muskegon believing victory was all but a certainty, Kalamazoo came back to tie the contest at 4-4 with a tally from Lucas Drake (6). Muskegon squeaked out a shootout win, outscoring the K-Wings 3-1 in the extra session to skate away with a 5-4 win.

Kalamazoo wrapped up the week and their four-game home stand on Saturday (12/23) against the Port Huron Flags. Looking to make franchise history by winning their sixth straight game, the Flags jumped out of the gates by scoring two goals in the opening period. For the second straight night, the K-Wings erased a two goal deficit during the second stanza. Nick Bootland tallied his team leading 19th goal of the season on a power-play goal 4:35 into the period. Kalamazoo pulled even near the 10-minute mark of the period on Dobben's eighth goal of the season. Dobben (9) kept his scoring touch in the third period registering his second goal of the game on an off balance slap shot from the left circle. With less than two minutes to play in regulation, Port Huron's Bobby Kukulka (7) extended his consecutive goal streak to six games with a one-timer from the right circle. With the score tied at 3-3, the teams headed into a shootout. Outscoring the K-Wings 3-2 in the extra session, the Flags would go on to win 4-3 and record their first-ever victory at Wings Stadium.

Fast Forward

Kalamazoo opens up the week and a four-game road swing tonight (12/26) against the Muskegon Fury at 7:30 p.m. The K-Wings are 1-3-1 against their division rivals. With a record of 26-3-0, Muskegon has dominated the UHL and leads the K-Wings by 16 points for first place honors in the Eastern Conference. The Fury also possesses the longest current winning streak in the league at seven games. Kalamazoo holds the honor of being the last team to defeat the Fury back on December 2nd.

On Wednesday (12/27), Kalamazoo will head to the eastern part of the state to battle the Port Huron Flags for a 7:00 p.m. face-off. Just like Muskegon, the K-Wings were the last time to defeat to the Flags back on December 10th, a span of six games. Port Huron's six-game rampage has pushed them into a tie for third place with the Elmira Jackals.

Kalamazoo will stay on the eastside of the state on Friday (12/29) for a 7:30 p.m. face-off against the Flint Generals. The K-Wings are 2-2-0 against the Generals this season, which includes a 4-3 victory in the team's lone battle at the Perani Hockey World and Event Center back on November 25th. Both teams will face-off again in Kalamazoo on Sunday during the 5th Annual New Year's Eve Bash presented by WWMT and COOL 101 FM. Tickets for Sunday's 7:30 p.m. game will also get fans in the post-game bash for FREE. The bash includes a public skate featuring music from Soundscape DJ Services and dance in The Cube. With skate rentals limited, we encourage fans to bring their own skates.

On Saturday (12/30), the K-Wings will conclude a four-game road swing against archrivals, the Fort Wayne Komets, at 7:30 p.m. Kalamazoo is 2-1-0 against Fort Wayne this season; however, both of the K-Wings victories came at Wings Stadium.

Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings

Goals: Nick Bootland (19 Goals)

Assists: Glenn Detulleo (23 Assists)

Points: Nick Bootland (29 Points)

+/-: Joe Markusen (+10)

Penalty Minutes: Tyler Willis (73 Minutes)

Power Play Goals: Justin Cross (7 Goals)

Short Handed Goals: Scott Dobben (2 Goals)

Game Winning Goals: Nick Bootland (4 GW)

Shots: Nick Bootland (136 Shots)

Shooting Percentage: Lucas Drake (31.6%)

Shootout Goals: Nick Bootland, Glenn Detulleo (2 Goals)

Shootout Percentage: Nick Bootland, Glenn Detulleo (100%)

Goals Against Average: Ryan Nie (2.11)

Save Percentage: Ryan Nie (0.930)

On the Road Again

After playing four straight at home, the K-Wings will hit the road for four games. On the season, the K-Wings are 8-4-0 away from Wings Stadium.

Rolling Along

Kalamazoo travels to Muskegon not losing a game in regulation in their last four games. The four-game unbeaten streak is the longest this season by the K-Wings.

Four With Four

Glenn Detulleo, Lucas Drake, Justin Cross and Scott Dobben all enter tonight's game looking to extend four-game point streaks. In addition, Dobben also has a three-game goal streak coming into this evening's game, which is one-game shy of tying Nick Bootland for the K-Wings' season high.

Thinking Positive

Defenseman Joe Markusen has been in a positive state of mind. Over the last eleven games, Markusen has a plus/minus rating of +10; subsequently Joe has taken over as the K-Wings leader in plus/minus.

The Obscure Stat of the Week

A good reason for the K-Wings averaging just 23.2 minutes a game in penalties, which ranks eighth in the league, has been their ability to avoid the fighting majors. Kalamazoo has not dropped the gloves in a span of 10 games (11/29/06 @ Chicago), the longest streak in the UHL.

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. Come join us for the last "K-Wings Live" of 2006. Remember "K-Wings Live" will be on a two-week hiatus due to the holidays.

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

Wednesday, December 27th @ Port Huron 7:00 PM

Friday, December 29th @ Flint 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 30th @ Fort Wayne 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 31st Vs Flint 7:30 PM (5th Annual New Year's Eve Bash presented by WWMT and COOL
 

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PrairieThunder announces time change for New Year's Eve contest

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Bloomington PrairieThunder officials announced today that the start time for Sunday's New Year's Eve contest against the Rockford Icehogs has been changed to 4:05 p.m.

The original start time for the PrairieThunder game was 6:05 p.m., but PrairieThunder officials decided to make the change to accommodate Chicago Bears' fans. The NFL announced recently that the Bears game with Green Bay on Sunday will start at 7:15 p.m.

The change in time should allow Bears and Packers fans to attend the PrairieThunder game, then watch the football game. Fans are welcome to watch the football game in the Corn Palace Restaurant.

PrairieThunder officials also announced that the U.S. Cellular Coliseum ticket office will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Tickets for all PrairieThunder hockey fans can be purchased at the ticket office or by going on-line at uscellularcoliseum.com.
 

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PrairieThunder loses to Flint

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Flint Generals scored every way possible Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Coliseum to earn a 4-1 United Hockey League victory over the Bloomington PrairieThunder before 3,499 people.

The Generals, who moved their record to 13-17-2 for 28 points, scored off a power play, a short-handed goal, an empty net goal and a full strength goal to send the PrairieThunder to its sixth straight loss. Bloomington is 8-19-2 with 18 points.

Jeff Zehr put the Generals ahead, 1-0, on a power play goal 3:11 into the game. He was assisted by Terry Marchant and Tyson Turgeon.

The PrairieThunder knotted the score at 1-1 on a B.J. Gaustad goal off assists from Andre Niec and Alex Goupil with 2:40 remaining in the first period.

The teams skated to a standoff in the second period until Marchant scored with 37 seconds remaining in the period when the puck popped out of goalie Jeff Reynaert's glove and into the net. Sean Kotary and Bobby Reynolds had assists on the full-strength goal.

The Generals put the game away in the third period with two goals. The first came from Dave Frawley on a short-handed situation with an assist from Jordan Fox. The other goal came on an empty net situation by Reynolds. Marchant and Dion Hyman had the assists.

The PrairieThunder outshot the Generals, 36-33, with Flint goalie Jason Muzzatti earning the victory.

The PrairieThunder returns to action Friday against Eastern Conference rival Fort Wayne at 7:05 p.m. at U.S, Cellular Coliseum. Tickets are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office by calling 309-434-2679 or on-line at uscellularcoliseum.com: Home. Tickets are priced at $10, $12, $15 and $20.
 

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Shorties loom large in Rockford win

Fort Wayne, Ind.- There was no holiday hangover for the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday night as they topped the Fort Wayne Komets 3-1 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. A pair of second period short-handed goals was all the offense that the Hogs needed and Frederic Cloutier was solid in net making 35 saves to earn the win.

In the second period the IceHogs got the offense rolling after defenseman Luke Fritshaw was whistled for an elbowing minor at 5:00. While short handed defenseman Nathan Lutz hammered in his second goal of the season, set up perfectly buy Nicolas Corbeil at 6:05. Then just 47 second later winger Chaz Johnson would give Rockford the lead. The winger blocked an A.J. Bozoian pass and skated in on Fort Wayne goalie Kevin St. Pierre and beat him on the far post at 6:52 for his ninth marker of the campaign.

Leading by a goal in the third period, the IceHogs tacked on an insurance marker on the even strength. Center Kevin Ulanski crossed a feed to winger Nicolas Corbeil who shot home his 12th tally of the season for the 3-1 advantage.

The only goal in the opening period came at the 14:18 mark. Fort Wayne center Martin Gascon set up wingman David Hukalo who slipped his sixth tally of the season past Cloutier for the 1-0 lead.

Komets have haunted the IceHogs on the special teams in the past. Tonight, however, it was Rockford who stymied Fort Wayne. The Hogs held Fort Wayne to 0-for-6 on the power play. St. Pierre was tagged with the loss despite making 25 saves.

Next Homestand: Friday, Dec. 29 vs. Chicago Hounds. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. The Hounds make another trip to the MetroCentre to face-off against Rockford. Friday night is Rally Towel Night with the IceHogs, Belvidere Physical Therapy and BOB 95.3 FM for the first 1,000 fans

Saturday, Dec. 30 vs. Muskegon Fury. The showdown starts at 7:05 p.m. The Hogs and Fury meet up for the second time this season and first at the Rockford MetroCentre. The IceHogs welcome back the fan favorite Zooperstars to the MetroCentre for the Hogs final home game of 2006.
 

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PrairieThunder New Year's Eve Game Time Changed

PrairieThunder New Year's Eve Game Time Changed
12/27/06 - United Hockey League (UHL) Bloomington PrairieThunder

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Bloomington PrairieThunder officials announced today that the start time for Sunday's New Year's Eve contest against the Rockford Icehogs has been changed to 4:05 p.m.

The original start time for the PrairieThunder game was 6:05 p.m., but PrairieThunder officials decided to make the change to accommodate Chicago Bears' fans. The NFL announced recently that the Bears game with Green Bay on Sunday will start at 7:15 p.m.

The change in time should allow Bears and Packers fans to attend the PrairieThunder game, then watch the football game. Fans are welcome to watch the football game in the Corn Palace Restaurant.

PrairieThunder officials also announced that the U.S. Cellular Coliseum ticket office will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Tickets for all PrairieThunder hockey fans can be purchased at the ticket office or by going on-line at uscellularcoliseum.com.

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