2003 - 2004
January 14, 2004
GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals closed out their second five-game homestand with a 6-3 loss to the Florence Pride. With the loss, Greensboro will now face a three-game road trip, looking to improve on a .500 record away from the Greensboro Coliseum.
Greensboro opened scoring with a short-handed goal by Pete Gardiner, his third since joining the Generals (21-17-1) when on a 3-on-2 breakaway a feed from Kurt Drummond resulted in a 1-0 lead. Captain Mark Turner netted the second goal of the game, his 15th on the season, when in front of Pride netminder Matt Underhill he received a pass in double coverage from Gardiner to send Greensboro to a 2-0 advantage. The Pride then got into the scoring act when Kyle Kidney would score consecutive goals tying the game at 2-2. Kidney’s first goal came when taking the puck from the right circle to the five hole, followed by a behind-the-back pass that penetrated the defense and trickled between Berthiaume’s pads to knot the game. With under one minute remaining in the first period, Mark McRae scored on a wrap around from the left side of the net.
Following a first period which both teams got a combined 23 shots on goal, the second period would result in only one goal. In a one-on-one isolation in the left circle, the Pride’s (14-17-5) Luke Earl sent a shot to the top shelf past an outstretched Berthiaume. The Pride would record 18 shots on goal, while Greensboro managed 10.
The opening goal of the third period cut the deficit to 4-3, as Mike Bayrack scored on a rebound shot that bounced off the goalie’s glove falling in front of the net behind Joel Irwin who stood on the base of the circle to score his team-high 18th goal of the season. Florence would follow the Generals attempt at a comeback with a Wes Goldie feed in front of the net to Eric Naud, breaking the Generals defense, reassuming a two-goal advantage. The Pride would put the game out of reach when at the 13:09 mark Wes Goldie would tack on a goal off the pad of Daniel Berthiaume to go along with his two assists to make the final score 6-3.
Greensboro will now take to the road for a three-game trip beginning in Gwinnett on Friday, continuing a weekend series against Augusta and Columbia. The Generals will return home on January 28th when they take on the Gwinnett Gladiators at 7:00 p.m.
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