2003 - 2004
February 10, 2004
GENERALS INTELLIGENCE REPORT
ROAD SUCCESS CONTINUES: Having won seven of their last ten games, and improving the road record to 13-9-1 for the season, the Greensboro Generals now sit tied for second in the ECHL's Eastern Conference Southern Division. A recent road trip that included stops in Mississippi and back-to-back games in Pensacola, the Generals currently stand eight points shy of divisional leader Columbia. Following this weeks home contests against Roanoke and Atlantic City, Greensboro will again face the road with games in Augusta, Roanoke, and Charlotte.
GENERALS 3, SEAWOLVES 1
BILOXI, Mississippi - Jamie Hodson stopped 52 shots and Likit Andersson scored late in the third period to lift the Greensboro Generals over the Mississippi SeaWolves, 3-1. Hodson made 19 saves in the opening stanza, stopped 21 of 22 shots in the second period, and turned aside all 12 shots in the third to earn his sixth win in 12 appearances. Andersson scored the game-winning goal, his first tally for Greensboro, with just 3:01 left in the third period and assisted on an empty-net goal by Matt Chandler 2:04 later to clinch the victory. Eric Fortier scored a power-play in the second period and Joel Irwin collected two assists for the Generals, who have won five consecutive games on the road. Sergei Kuznetsov scored the lone goal and Greg Gardner made 19 saves in the losing effort for Mississippi, which converted just one of its 16 power-play opportunities en route to its second loss in 12 games (10-2-0).
GENERALS 6, ICE PILOTS 5 (SO)
PENSACOLA, FL - In a battle of two of the ECHL's top rated goaltenders, combined with the fact that Greensboro was coming off a penalty filled win over Mississippi, the Generals continued to build momentum on the road earning a 6-5 shootout victory.
The Generals (28-19-1) Kurt Drummond scored in the shootout and also added a goal and an assist in regulation to help the Greensboro Generals edge the Pensacola Ice Pilots, 6-5. Drummond scored on his first shootout attempt of the season in the eighth round. He netted his eighth goal of the season at the 5:26 mark of the second period and helped out on the game-tying goal in the third.
Greensboro's Daniel Berthiaume had 50 saves in the win, including 35 stops over the first two periods. He also turned away six of the eight shooters he faced in the shooutout. His counterpart, Pensacola's (23-16-6) Brian Eklund, the ECHL leader in minutes played, had 40 saves in the loss, including three saves in overtime.
Eric Fortier scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season to tie the game at 5-5 with 1:50 remaining for Greensboro, which improved to 13-8-1 on the road.
Matt Elich and Bryson Busniuk chipped in with three assists each for the Generals. Tyler Beechy netted a pair of goals and added an assist for Pensacola, which has scored 15 goals in its last three games.
The Ice Pilots Corey Neilson, who leads ECHL defensemen in scoring with 51 points (11 goals, 40 assists), had a goal and an assist for the Ice Pilots, who fell to 4-3 in the shootout this season.
ICE PILOTS 4, GENERALS 2
PENSACOLA - On the last day of a three-game in four day road trip, the Greensboro Generals fell short of the Pensacola Ice Pilots 4-2.
The game began in similar fashion to last night's ending, as Pensacola (24-17-6) netted its first by way of goal Peter Fregoe just 28 seconds into the contest. On a power-play conversion at the 11:28 mark of the opening period, Wes Mason converted the Ice Pilots first of two power-plays, pushing the lead to 2-0. A defensive miscue in their own defensive zone, allowed Pensacola to take advantage of the Greensboro (28-20-1) defense for a third goal, this time by Brad Cruikshank. Closing out first period scoring, Pensacola would take advantage of a second power-play conversion, on a goal by Tyler Beechey.
Trailing 4-0 coming into the second period, Greensboro's Lickit (LICK-it) Andersson scored his third goal in as many games since joining the team, converting a pass from Matt Turek and Matt Elich for the only goal of the second. Replacing starting netminder Daniel Berthiaume, following the Beechey goal in the opening frame, Jamie Hodson stopped 13 Pensacola shots on goal.
In the third, Greensboro was once again penetrating the offensive zone, however it resulted in only one goal, as Joel Irwin caught a pass between the circles, from Mark Turner to cut the deficit in half. Despite flashes of a high quality shots on goal, Greensboro would convert only one of 11 shots on goal, falling short of the Ice Pilots.
"You can't get down 4-0 in a road game, and expect to play from behind and get the victory. We put ourselves in a tough situation, and with one bad bounce coming on the game's third goal, we still demonstrated our toughness in the game. It was an unfortunate loss, however I like the character of the team in that they battled back," Head Coach Rick Adduono said of his team's performance.
SITTING IN SIXTH: Greensboro Generals Captian Mark Turner is currently in sixth place amongst the ECHL's Leading Scorers. In 49 games played, Turner's 57 points (19g;38a) has placed him just five points shy of points leader Steffon Walby (Mississippi Seawolves).
TWO WINS SHY: Netminder Daniel Berthiaume (22 wins) is currently tied for fourth place in the ECHL Goaltenders in victories. Atlantic City's Scott Stirling leads the way in victories with 24. In second place for goaltenders are Trevor Koenig (San Diego) and Brian Eklund (Pensacola), who each have 23 victories. Eklund and “Bert” each earned a victory over the other, as Berthiaume held firm in a 6-5 shootout victory for Greensboro. Berthiaume is currently in second in minutes played (2,159) and saves (1,141), where he is behind only Eklund in the respective categories.
DEFENSIVE RISING: The Greensboro Generals have one of the best defensive tandems in the ECHL, in the form of Geno Parrish and Kurt Drummond. Among their fellow defensemen throughout the ECHL, Parrish (6g;40a) is tied for third, while Drummond (8g;34a) is just four points behind his teammate. Furthermore, Parrish is fifth with 17 power-play assists, and second among defensemen with 40 assists. Drummond, who most recently netted the game winner in a shootout against Pensacola, is fifth among assist leaders with 34.
POWERING THE TEAM: The Generals have found the magic of converting power-play opportunities, ranking fourth in the ECHL with 52 goals scored in 251 opportunities (20.7%). Greensboro is sixth at home in power-plays (28-133) and sixth on the road (24-118).
"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.