Junior Gens keeping busy
TOLEDO — In North American Hockey League Tier III competition, the Flint Junior Generals have won four of the five games they’ve played since Feb. 17. This includes defeating the Toledo Cherokee, 4-0 on Sunday, at Team Toledo Icehouse.
Scoring for Flint was Nicholas Gnagni at 1:52 of the first period with a man advantage on passes from Adrian Larsson and Zachery Hill, Hill then connected at 11:35 of the second on the powerplay with help from Gnagni and Connor McGovern and at 11:30 of the third Eric Jones scored on the assist by Edward Osowski. Austin Fletcher rounded out the offense for the Junior Generals at 14:52 of the third on a pass from Swartz Creek’s Andrew Lay and Anders Franke stopped all 25 of the shots he faced on goal to earn the decision.
Flint also lost to the Metro Jets, 4-2 last Saturday at home, won 5-4 at Queen City on Feb. 20 and defeated Alexandria 3-1 on Feb. 19, at Troy Sports III after besting Minnesota ,7-2 at Iceland Arena in Flint Township, just one night earlier.
Now 44 games into the 2012-13 season, the Junior Generals are 24-16-2-2, placing the squad third in the East Division behind Cleveland, 35-9-0-0, and Three Rivers, 27-17-2-0, but ahead of Toledo, 24-19-0-1, Metro, 19-21-3-1, and the Michigan Mountain Cats, 15- 28-1-0. Flint has just four games left this season and next plays the Battle Creek Revolution tomorrow.— M.S.
Former Cavalier gets recognition
FLINT — The North American Hockey League announced on February 15 that former Carman- Ainsworth/Flushing varsity hockey coach Jon Jepson, who currently serves as an assistant coach with the Michigan Warriors, was named Big Brother of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint in association with the United Way of Genesee County and in celebration of National Mentoring Month. Currently Jepson has been mentoring his little brother Trevor for over two years now.
“I’ve seen many volunteers come and go over the years, but I have never seen one have such a positive impact on my child as John Jepson has,” said Trevor’s Mother, Lisa. — M.S.
Open to one and all
FLINT TWP. — The Bendle/Carman-Ainsworth Adult and Community Education program is offering programs that include Belly Dancing on March 11-April 15 and April 22-May 20 from 6-7 p.m. for $39. Other options include Zumba on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. for $39 from March 11- April 15 and April 22-May 20, Gentle Yoga runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Mondays for $30 on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and April 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Power Flex Yoga takes place from March 12-April 16 and April 23-May 21 from 7-7:45 p.m. for $35. All classes take place at Carman- Ainsworth high school, every course is open to public regardless of residency and Community Education programs will be canceled if school is canceled. Details: 810-591-4160 or 810–591- 3600. — M.S.
Warriors can’t get past Junior K-Wings
KALAMAZOO — In North American Hockey League action, the Michigan Warriors lost at Kalamazoo on Sunday, 2-1 in overtime.
Brock LaBelle knocked home Michigan’s only goal of the game at 6:52 of the second on the Connor Lyons assist, Trevor Gorusch went 27-for-29 on save attempts to get pinned with this decision and Kyle Gattelaro scored the game winner for Kalamazoo at 4:55 of the extra session with help from Robbie Payne.
Last Saturday, the Warriors once again lost to the Junior K-Wings, 2-1 at the Perani Arena and Event Center, in overtime, as AJ Marcinek connected for his squad’s only offense at :23 of the second period with a man advantage on passes from Lyons and Brad Pizzey. Gorusch also went 31-for-33 on save attempts and Kalamazoo’s game winner came from Mike Fazio on the assists by Payne and Sam Johnson.
With 50 games under his belt this season Martin Gruse leads Michigan with nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points, Zack Szajner has 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points and Lyons has managed 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points. The Warriors will host Jamestown tomorrow and Saturday. — M.S.