2003 - 2004
March 18, 2004
Grrrowl - 2
Generals - 1
BY KEITH TOLBERT
Special to the News & Record
GREENSBORO - It was probably the most frustrating night of the season for the Greensboro Generals.
Playing their first home game in more than two weeks, the Generals took 66 shots on goal, hit hard, played solid defense, stayed out of the penalty box, but still lost to the Greenville Grrrowl 2-1 in front of 2,684 fans at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Coach Rick Adduono couldn't find fault with his team and didn't make excuses for failing to beat the Southern Division's last place team.
"Everybody worked as hard as they could," Adduono said. "We're battling for a playoff spot and they're battling for nothing, but that is just the way it goes sometimes. There is no question we should have won and we didn't."
A despondent Matt Elich agreed it was an off night, but he thought the high number of shots was significant.
"It wasn't a bad effort," Elich said. "We had 66 shots. It just goes to show you what we can do when we really want to turn it on. We just need to go back to basics and stick to the system that the coach has developed."
Greensboro has little time to dwell on the loss as the Generals go on the road for back-to-back games in Florida on Friday and Saturday.
The Generals are two points out of third place and three points behind the second-place Florida Everblades, but they realize they can't afford any more meltdowns at home.
"We can't even think about it. We just have to wipe it off, the map," Adduono said. "It was a devastating loss. We've got to do a lot of road winning to make sure we are in the playoffs.
"We seem to take two steps ahead and one step backward."
Grrrowl - 2
Generals - 1
Site: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro
Why the Generals lost: Despite 66 shots on goal, the Generals scored just once, that coming with 4:57 left to play. They missed several chances in the final few minutes.
Stars: Greensboro - Jamie Hodson 23 saves,. Mark Turner one goal. Greenville - Daniel Bosclair 65 saves, Michael Chin one goal, Jonathan Zion
The play: With the Grrrowl leading 1-0, Jonathan Zion took a puck off a faceoff and raced down the ice, getting off a slap shot from the right circle. The puck slithered between Generals goalie Jamie Hodson's pads for what turned out to be the game winner.
What they said: "It was like there was an invisible piece of glass there (around the goal) in the final few minutes." - Rick Adduono, Generals coach
Records: Greensboro 35-26-1-71 Greenville 13-45-5-31