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Fighting Falcons Are Soaring September 17, 2012 9:42 AM

This summer, everyone was questioning the decision to hire Steve Shannon as General Manager and Head Coach. Many people questioned his ability to recruit at the junior level, and more questioned his ability to coach in the NAHL. Most of this questioning came from an event that took place nearly a decade ago.

Fast forward to the regular season, and the Fighting Falcons are in first place in the North American Hockey League.

The Falcons won three out of four games at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota, beating a pair of division champions from a year ago, and ending the weekend with a dramatic comeback victory over the Wichita Falls Bobcats. The Falcons are now 5-1, with 10 points atop the North Division of the NAHL.

How are the Falcons getting it done? Balance.

Scoring is spread out among the entire team, and goaltending has been steady. The Falcons are not dominating in any one statistical category, but they are all buying into the system. Hard nosed controlled play is what it is all about in Port Huron. One key statistic for Port Huron is that they are leading the NAHL in Short Handed Goals with three. With all but one game that the Falcons have played being decided by one goal, those short handed goals are critical to the teams early success.

Ian Miller leads the team in points with five, while a group of six players has four apiece. Kody Polin and Nick Horne are tied for the team lead in goals with three apiece. Max Milosek leads the team between the pipes with 2.32 goals against average and a .926 save percentage, placing him in the top ten within that category for the NAHL.

Next up for the Fighting Falcons, the Jamestown Ironmen who are 3 and 1, only 4 points behind Port Huron.

By Joseph Kolodziej

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