Fighting Falcons Travel To Chicago

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Fighting Falcons travel to Chicago

The Port Huron Fighting Falcons will play tonight in their first non-divisional game since the North American Hockey League Showcase to open the season.

The Falcons travel to Chicago to take on the Hitmen, with the opening faceoff scheduled for 8:50 p.m. The two teams will play again at 8:40 p.m. Saturday in Chicago.

It’s the first meeting between these two teams since last season, when Chicago was a division rival of the Falcons.

At the time, the two were at the bottom of the standings. While the Falcons have turned things around, Chicago has not, holding a 6-27-1 record coming into tonight. Its 13 points is the second-lowest total in the league.

"Obviously they’re in last place in their division, but if you really look at their scores, they play every team pretty tough," Falcons coach Bill Warren said. "We’re not going to take anything for granted.

"We’re going to go in there (today), give them our best and see what happens."

The Hitmen are 2-13 on their home ice this season, while the Falcons have had good success on the road at 11-7-1.

Chicago has allowed 171 goals, which is the most in the NAHL this season. Goaltender Nick Kohn has seen the most time between the pipes, with a 5-17-1 record. He has a 4.65 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage.

Forward David Gandara is the team’s leader in points with 36 (15 goals) in 34 games. He is also a plus-1 despite playing on a team with a negative-73 goal differential.

Forward Zach Schrotenboer is also averaging a point a game with the Hitmen, as he has 32 points (13 goals) in 25 games after coming over from Topeka early in the season.

In other Falcons news, with Wednesday night’s win against the Michigan Warriors, the team ensured that Warren would coach the North’s top prospect team
Feb. 20-22 at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.

The coach of each division’s top team as of Jan. 16 earns the spot for the tournament, and no team in the North can catch the Falcons by then. It also means the Falcons will have five players on the team.

The tournament will be held at the Troy Sports Center in Troy.

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