Local hockey squad heating up ice arena
CLEVELAND —The Flint Junior Generals of the North American Tier III Hockey League stretched their win streak to 17 by grabbing victories of 3-2 and 4-2 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at the Cleveland Lumberjacks. In the first contest, it was Lapeer’s Jacob Drinkard who gave Flint a 1-0 lead at 1:57 of the initial period with help from Mark McGee and Oliver Lindstrom. After the Lumberjacks evened things up at 1-1 off the stick of Kyle Menges on the pass from Mike Palasics at 6:20 of the second, McGee put the Junior Generals back on top at 4:52 of the third on assists by Drinkard and Connor McGovern.
Cleveland did tie things up at 2-2 when Nick Balavich connected at 12:10 of the third with help from Jared Johson and Stefan Hogans, only to see Drinkard knock home the game-winner for Flint just over seven minutes later on passes by Brett Lepek and McGee. In net for Flint, Anders Franke made 20 saves on 22 attempts to earn the decision.
As for Sunday, scoring for Flint was McGee, Justin Fisher, Chris Skordilis and Caleb Ganelli and, in goal, Nathan Klebbe stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced to get the win. Posting assists for Flint was McGovern (2), Josh Koepplinger, Brit Brothen, Reno de Hondt, Lucas Mickelson, Zack Mlady, Luke Dmytro and Trevor Benaglio. The Junior Generals hosted the Michigan Mountain Cats yesterday at Iceland Arena, on Saturday the squad is at Lakeland Arena to face the Metro Jets and on Sunday Flint welcomes Metro in Genesee County for the rematch. — M.S.
Learn a new sport
MT. MORRIS — On Nov. 24 the Mid Michigan Derby Girls, members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program since November 2009, will host a Sunday Funday featuring a Derby 101 class from 4-5 p.m. followed by a scrimmage for skills-tested skaters from 5-7 p.m. at Skateland Arena, 8460 N. Dort Hwy. The squad also has practices on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. where new skaters and referees are welcome for $5. Participants must bring a mouth guard and water bottle, but protective gear and skates can be provided. Membership costs $25 with a Tshirt for the first month and $30 a month after that. Details: www.midmichiganderbygirls.com. — M.S.
Cowboys get corralled
NEW ORLEANS — Despite four tackles and an assist by Carman-Ainsworth grad Brandan Carr, the Dallas Cowboys still lost, 49-17, at the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. For 2013, Carr, a defensive back from Grand Valley State University who played his first four-seasons in the National Football League with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Cowboys last season, has 43 tackles, a sack and two interceptions. Dallas has a bye week prior to playing at the New York Giants on Nov. 24. — M.S.
Area icers edge out split in unfriendly territory
WENATCHEE, Wa. — In North American Hockey League competition last Saturday at the Wenatchee Wild, the Michigan Warriors pulled out a 5-1 victory. This came after getting beat, 3-2, in a shootout last Friday at Town TC in Washington. Michigan, 9-4-6, is currently second in the NAHL North Division and hosts Soo on Friday and Saturday at the Perani Arena and Event Center. — M.S.