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Flint's Cirone Plays 1,000th Professional Game

Monday, Jan. 7th, 2008

ROCHESTER, MI - Flint center Jason Cirone played his 1,000th professional game on Sunday, January 6th, 2008 when the Generals traveled to Muskegon to battle the Fury. Cirone scored a goal in that game, at 10:52 of the second period to put the Generals ahead by a score of 5-2. Flint would tack on one more for a final score of 6-2. Cirone had stints in the old International Hockey League, playing 26 games in 1993-94, 74 games in 1994-95, 26 games in 1995-96 and a total of 316 from 1996-2000. He played a total of 442 of his 1,000 games in the old IHL. Cirone is currently third on the Generals roster in scoring with 32 points (11g, 21a).

Fort Wayne continues to dominate the IHL standings, ringing in the New Year by winning four out of five contests played during the week. The Komets have won a league-high six straight at home and are currently 21-8-3-1 with 46 points, five ahead of second place Flint who have played three less games than the Komets. Fort Wayne has the league’s best winning percentage at 69.7%.

The Icehawks also had a great first week of 2008, earning seven out of eight points available. Port Huron has taken over sole possession of third place with a record of 18-16-0-1 (37 points), just two points ahead of Kalamazoo. The two teams will meet up Wednesday night in Kalamazoo to fight for third place, just four points away from second.

AROUND THE “I”

Bloomington PrairieThunder - (1-3-0-0) – Rookie Brent Clarke scored his first professional goal in his 29th game with the PrairieThunder against Port Huron on Jan. 5. It sparked the PrairieThunder to a 3-2 victory and snapped a six-game losing streak on the road. Speaking of rookies, three of the team's five first-year players had a hand in the 3-2 victory at Port Huron. Clarke and Kyle McCullough each scored a goal, while rookie goaltender Loic Lacasse earned his second shootout victory in three decisions by stopping 37 of 39 shots and three more in the shootout. Veteran center Jarrod Skalde returned to the lineup after missing 28 games after suffering a broken right fibula in the second game of the season. He made his presence felt immediately by scoring a goal in his first game back and adding a goal and assist two nights later to finish the weekend with three points. Jon Booras is a perfect three-for-three in shootout situations this year and one-for-one on penalty shots. Booras' third shootout goal over the weekend was his second game-winning goal of the year. Defenseman Rob Guinn has three assists in his last three games.

Flint Generals - (2-1-1-0) – The Generals snapped their second longest losing streak of the season with a pair of victories over the Muskegon Fury over the weekend. Fourteen of the Generals 17 victories this season have come when they have led after 40 minutes of hockey. The Generals have only failed to win five games when they have led after 40 minutes. The Generals are 7-1 in three or more goal games. Penalty Killing has made a turnaround with just one power play goal surrendered in their last 11 times shorthanded. The Generals and the Fury will see each other five times over the course of the next seven days, the first coming Wednesday morning. Flint continues to have the best man advantage record in the league. They have scored 36 power play goals in 165 opportunities, bringing them to 21.8%.

Fort Wayne Komets - (4-1-0-0) – During the week the Komets became the first IHL team to hit 20 wins and 40 points this season. The Komets started the week by saying goodbye to 2007 with a 4-1 New Year's Eve home win over Bloomington. It was the 51st Komet home New Year's Eve game (34-13-1-3). The Komets have won eight of the last 10 games played. The Komets have completed a stretch over the holidays of 11 games in 17 nights (8-3-0-0) and seven games in the last nine nights (5-2-0-0). Streaking Komets: P.C. Drouin (LW) has a six-game assist and point scoring streak (1g, 10a). Guy Dupuis (D) has a seven-game point streak (2g, 5a). Goalie Kevin Reiter has seven straight starts (5-2-0-0) and five-game home winning streak. Special K's: For the week, the Komets surrendered only three power play goals on 31 penalty kills (90.3% penalty kill rating for the week) and scored six power play goals on 29 chances (20.7%). Milestones: Komet coach Al Sims started the New Year coaching his 200th career regular season Fort Wayne win Wednesday 1/2/08 4-1 over visiting Muskegon.

Kalamazoo Wings – (1-2-0-1) – Kory Karlander and Nick Bootland are on an 11-game point streaks. The streaks are a season high for the K-Wings and are one-game shy of tying the IHL season high. Karlander is also on an IHL and K-Wings season high 10-game assist streak. Bootland is one-goal shy of 200 for his career. Glenn Detulleo is two assist shy of 200 for his career. Kalamazoo will start a three-game home stand starting this Wednesday versus Port Huron. Kalamazoo is on a four-game home unbeaten streak (2-0-1-1). No team in the league has scored more shootout goals then the K-Wings (11). Joel Rechlicz is currently on AHL call-up with the Albany River Rats. Jamie Vanderveeken is tied for the league lead among defenseman in power-play goals scored (4). K-Wings are 10-0-0-2 when leading after the second period.

Muskegon Fury - (2-3-0-0) – Fury forward Mark Cadotte, the IHL’s Forward of the week for the week ending December 30, had his seven-game point streak snapped Sunday against Flint. During the streak, Cadotte notched 12 points (4g, 8a) plus a shootout goal against Kalamazoo on New Year’s Eve. The Fury have the IHL’s best penalty killing percentage at 84.1%, killing off 137 of 163 chances. Milestone Watch: Fury forward Mike Watt has 196 assists and 347 points in his professional career. Robin Bouchard has played in 896 games as a professional, and Jay Hardwick has played in 195 games as a professional. Muskegon falls to 15-13-2-0 on the season. The Fury have 32 points on the season, which is fifth in the International Hockey League. The Fury trail the Kalamazoo K-Wings by three points with three games in hand for fourth place. Muskegon returns to action on Wednesday, with a special 10:30 a.m. game against Flint at L.C. Walker Arena.

Port Huron Icehawks - (3-0-0-1) – The Port Huron Icehawks pulled into sole possession of third place last week after posting three wins and one loss. They improved their record to 18-16-0-1. Special teams were key for the Icehawks last week as they tallied a total of ten power play goals in 21 opportunities. Five of those power play goals came in Friday’s 8-5 win over the Flint Generals. Kris Vernarsky also notched a shorthanded goal in the victory. The Icehawks are now ranked second on the power play both at home and on the road and second overall, converting on 19.4% of their man advantages. They also share the league lead for total shorthanded goals with six. Port Huron continues to lead the league for third period goals (48), shots in all three periods and total shots (1,196). The Icehawks have out shot their opponent in seven of their last eight games. They have now out shot their opponent in 22 of 33 games this season. They are 11-10 -0-1 when out shooting their foe. Left wing Jeff Zehr is now riding a four game streak for points, with four points in that span. Right wing Robert Snowball had a seven-game streak for penalty minutes broken yesterday.



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