Generals Fan
2003 - 2004


February 2, 2004


TESTING THE ROAD: After a week that finished at 1-2-0, the Greensboro Generals will now turn to the road again, where in they have won four of their last five games, including a four game winning streak.


GREENSBORO - For the first time all season the Greensboro Generals won their fifth consecutive game, four of which came by way of the road, with a 1-0 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators. The first home shutout of the season, Jamie Hodson stopped 56 shots on goal, to extend his scoreless streak to 147:17, dating back to the second period against the Columbia Inferno.

In a sluggish first periods for both teams, Gwinnett out shot Greensboro 16-12, where each team had two power-play opportunities, however no goals were scored.

A scoreless game throughout the second period, the Generals netminder Jamie Hodson spent a large part of his time on the ice defending the Gladiators 16 shots on goal. Through the first two periods of action, Gwinnett amassed 32 shots on goal, as opposed to 18 for Greensboro. The Generals defense continued its stellar play, stopping both Gladiator power-play opportunities.

In the third, Greensboro (26-17-1) netted the only goal of the game, a stark contrast to the road game at Charlotte when Greensboro scored in the first. Newcomer Derek Crimin found Joel Irwin who came off a screen to give Greensboro the 1-0 advantage just 2:07 into the frame. Gwinnett (23-15-3) was able to penetrate the Generals zone, however Hodson stopped goals on his back, with his glove, and casted them off his foot to keep his scoreless streak intacted.

GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals had the opportunity to have a season long five game winning streak extended, however the Charlotte Checkers under the guidance of newly hired Head Coach Derek Wilkinson in his first game at the bench, had other ideas when they earned a 5-3 victory. In front of 3,295 on-hand at the Greensboro Coliseum, the Generals will now turn to a road trip that begins with the Wheeling Nailers.

The first period scoring began with an end of a streak, when Jamie Hodson was outside of the net to send the puck into the Generals (26-17-1) offensive zone and a miscue allowed Charlotte to score for the first time on Hodson in 157:25. However, Greensboro would retaliate with a shot coming off the stick of defenseman Geno Parrish. Parrish scored his fifth goal of the season, on an assist from Matt Elich and Eric Fortier, sent the puck top shelf grazing the bar past Checkers (20-18-5) David St. Germain.

Scoring would continue to go back-and-forth between the two teams, the first coming when Matt Elich netted his 19th goal of the season, cutting between Charlotte defenders to send a pass from Geno Parrish, top shelf for the second Greensboro lead of the evening at the 13:31 mark. The Checkers would respond just over two minutes later, as Nick Bilotto converted the first Charlotte power-play of the game, trickling the puck past a flailing Jamie Hodson in net.

In the third, with both teams managing 12 shots on goal, Charlotte would take a shorthanded goal by Konrad McKay gave the Checkers their first lead of the game at the 4:13 mark. Greensboro’s Bryson Busniuk would tied the game up at 3-3, when he skated in front of a Checkers defender, then beat him between the face-off circles just 47 seconds later. The Checkers would then take the lead for good, when from the left face-off circle, Mike Wirll sent the game winner past Jamie Hodson. Charlotte would add an empty netter as Dusty Jamieson got past the Generals defense for the final goal, making the tally 5-3.

WHEELING, WV - The Greensboro Generals have fallen in their second consecutive game, this time on the road to the Wheeling Nailers 7-3.

The Nailers struck early, when Drew Fata scored just 1:04 into the contest to give Wheeling an early 1-0 lead. Following the opening goal by Fata, Jake Ortmeyer pushed the lead to 2-0 just over seven minutes later. Greensboro would get on the board when Matt Turek sent home his 15th goal of the season, on a power-play conversion, receiving the puck by way of Geno Parrish, closing out first period scoring.

Second period scoring kicked off much the same as the first, as Wheeling would again strike first, this time coming when Brendon Hodge scored his 16th goal of the season, giving the Nailers a 3-1 lead. Joel Irwin would then lead the Generals offense, when on a pass from Alex Andreyev in his first game back following a stint on injured reserve, found Irwin just over two minutes before the end of the period to make the score 3-2 in favor of Wheeling.

In the third, the Generals looked to improve on their 1-6-0 record when trailing following three periods. Mark Kosick scored his 12th goal of the season, and the eventual game winner, when at just 2:23 into the frame, Wheeling took a 4-2 advantage. The Generals would then convert their second power-play opportunity of the game, as Mark Turner sent home his 19th goal of the season. The Generals defense would then allow three unanswered goals, and fall by the final of 7-3.

"We played two solid periods of hockey. However, in the third period, they were opportunistic and we just could not capitalize defensively," Matt Chandler said of the Generals performance.

"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.

Jon Cole
Media Relations Director
Greensboro Generals
(336) 373-7402 (office)