2003 - 2004
January 13, 2004
GREENSBORO GENERALS INTELLIGENCE REPORT
ON THE HORIZON: Greensboro will continue its five-game homestand on Tuesday night when they face-off against the Columbia Inferno. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The game will feature the Chick-Fil-A Christian Speaker Series, with Alex McFarland, as the guest.
LAST WEEK RECAPS
EXPRESS 4, GENERALS 3
01/04/04 - ROANOKE - The Greensboro Generals have fallen moved to even keel on the road this season, following a 4-3 loss to the Roanoke Express. With consecutive road losses to divisional opponents Greenville and Roanoke, the Generals have moved to fourth in the Southern division.
Opening the game with three consecutive goals over a 10-minute span, the Express forced Greensboro to play with a sense of urgency. Captain Mark Turner put a tourniquet on the Generals bleeding, as he netted his 12th goal of the campaign, scoring on an assist from Eric Fortier and Tom Reimann. Unable to maintain the momentum, Greensboro allowed a fourth goal, as Roanoke took a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
Reimann would then score a goal of his own, when at the 10:15 mark of the third, he trimmed the Express lead in half. Greensboro’s Pete Gardiner would then net his first goal of the season, after rejoining the Generals on a power-play. In the closing minute, the Generals managed several quality shots in the offensive zone, however a shot that hit the crossbar proved to be the closest Greensboro would come to scoring the tying goal.
"You can’t get down on the road and expect to earn victory. In this league, you have to dominate the whole game, not just one period. It is important when you make a valiant effort, to get at least one point as a tie," Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono said.
GENERALS 5, LYNX 2
01/07/04 - GREENSBORO - The last time that the Greensboro Generals faced off against the Augusta Lynx (14-16-1) took place on February 27th, and similar to tonight’s game, Greensboro won, however this time by the final of 5-2.
In a scoreless opening frame, Greensboro (20-14-1) managed 11 shots on goal, opposed to eight for the Lynx. By not scoring a goal in the first period, it marks the second time in as many home games that neither team recorded a point, and third time for the Generals. The most recent home game that Greensboro netted a goal, would date back to December 27th, when the Greensboro scored twice in a 4-3 win over the Roanoke Express.
Mark Turner kicked off scoring in the second, when on a feed that came around the left corner of the rink, Turner caught a feed from Pete Gardiner to give the Generals a 1-0 lead, just 41 seconds into the period. After a seven minute lapse, the Generals would net their second goal, when Matt Elich scored from just beyond the circles, as he sent a slap shot on an assist from Mark Turner and Geno Parrish, who rank first and second in assists for the Generals. Greensboro would then rely on speed and youth in taking a 3-0 lead, as Matt Elich and Eric Fortier fed Tom Reimann as he battled in front of the net for his 10th goal of the season, sending the puck past Lynx netminder Will Hamele. With the clock fading into the second intermission, Mike Bayrack scored the only power-play goal of the game, with two seconds remaining, on an assist from Parrish and Turner, pushing the lead to 4-0 in Greensboro’s favor.
In the third, Greensboro started off in the penalty box, which spelled trouble for the defense. With Matt Elich serving time for a high sticking penalty, Augusta’s Jonathon Gagnon put a rebound shot on net to break the scoring drought at the 2:16 mark. Just over a minute and a half later, the Lynx’s Scott Kelman would net their second power-play opportunity, sending the puck past Generals netminder Daniel Berthiaume to cut the lead in half at 4-2. It was then time for Generals captain Mark Turner to again rise to the occasion, as he sent home his second goal of the game, on a feed from the right circle by Mike Bayrack, to shift momentum back in the Generals direction.
Netminder Daniel Berthiaume paced the Generals with 28 saves, including a kick save in the third period that helped to maintain the 5-2 advantage for Greensboro.
GENERALS 5, CHECKERS 2
01/08/04 - GREENSBORO - In their second home game of a five-game stand, the Greensboro Generals found the offensive stride, winning 5-2 over the Charlotte Checkers. In front of 2,525 on-hand at the Greensboro Coliseum, the Generals continued momentum that was built from Tuesday’s night victory over the Augusta Lynx.
In an offensive carryover from the Augusta game, Greensboro scored just 15 seconds into the contest, when Mike Bayrack capitalized off a rebound in front of Checkers netminder Scott Meyer to give the Generals a 1-0 lead. Greensboro would then generate points by speed, when with Matt Elich leading the charge sent a cross ice pass to Joe Gerbe, eventually finding the stick of Tom Reimann who netted his 11th goal of the season, giving the Generals a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
The Checkers began the second period in similar fashion to the way that Greensboro kicked off the game, with a goal in the first 13 seconds, as Blaz Emersic netted his 11th goal of the season. The Generals then answered when Matt Turek, following a breakaway feed pass from defensemen Kurt Drummond, scored from the left wing, giving Greensboro a 3-1 lead at the 9:43 mark. The defense would rise again, as Geno Parrish caught the puck out of the air on an attempt to move the puck down the ice by Charlotte, scoring inside the left circle to give the Generals a three goal advantage. With just over one minute before heading to intermission, Matt Elich pushed the lead to 5-1 for the Generals, when the defense again forced a turnover and created a two-on-one situation for Matt Turek to feed Elich for the goal.
In the third, Charlotte would score the only goal, when Doug Christiansen sent the puck past the Generals defense into net, past Daniel Berthiaume (19-9-1). Berthiaume, along with defensemen Kurt Drummond (2a) and Geno Parrish (1g), helped pace the Generals in their own zone.
BOARDWALK BULLIES 4, GENERALS 0
01/10/04 - GREENSBORO - On "Pack the House" Night at the Greensboro Coliseum, the defending Kelly Cup Champion Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies stormed past the Greensboro Generals 4-0. In front of 7,349 on-hand, Greensboro snapped a two-game winning streak, and gained no ground in the standings on divisional leader Florida.
In the first meeting of the two teams since October 31st, 2003, the clash began with a one-goal first period, when Atlantic City (24-9-1) converted a shot in the front of the net, as Stefan Rivard sent an assist from Jon Cullen past Daniel Berthiaume as the Boardwalk Bullies penetrated the defense. Greensboro (21-15-1) would get 14 shots on goal, however did not have the puck trickle past Scott Stirling for a score.
In the second, Atlantic City would find an offensive rhythm that the Generals defense found difficult to stop. Following a Generals attempt to move the puck around the boards behind netminder Daniel Berthiaume, the Boardwalk Bullies Jon Cullen stopped the puck behind goal getting a one-on-one opportunity to send it past Berthiaume for a 2-0 lead. Cullen would again light the lamp at the 11:06 mark, when with both teams on a four-on-four opportunity, as the puck wound up in the Generals defensive zone, and was sent home by Cullen off an assist from Steve Munn. The scoring frenzy ended for Atlantic City, as Danny Eberly netted his second goal of the season, came off a face-off win by Josh Longo who pushed the puck down the ice into Eberly’s possession.
The Generals closed out the third period getting seven shots on goal, however did not score, falling short in a 4-0 loss. Berthiaume stopped 14 shots on goal for the third period and 33 in the game. His counterpart, Scott Stirling, stopped 31 shots on goal, while moving his record to 20-7-1 on the season.
IN THE BARRACKS
"Coaches Corner": The Greensboro Generals have announced Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono will appear on the "Our Town" radio show (WGOS 1070-AM) each Monday afternoon. The half-hour "Coaches Corner”" will air each Monday at 1:00 PM throughout the season.
The "Coaches Corner" segment is part of the WGOS’ "Our Town" program that is hosted by "Buffalo" Jack Umlaluf and Ogi Overman weekdays from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The show will feature interviews with Adduono as well as segments with Generals players and their involvement in the community.