2003 - 2004
February 23, 2004
GREENSBORO GENERALS INTELLIGENCE REPORT
SHORT WEEK BEHIND THEM, BIG WEEK AHEAD: The Greensboro Generals spent the past week on the road, making visits to Roanoke and Charlotte, splitting the week with a 1-1-0 record, while moving their overall road record on the season to 15-10-1. The Generals have now moved one point shy of the Florida Everblades for second and seven points short of divisional leading Columbia. The upcoming week will provide Greensboro with three divisional games (Tuesday-Columbia; Thursday-Charlotte; and Saturday again facing the Checkers). The only non-divisional opponent that the Generals will take on over the next week is Augusta, who when they last faced off against the Lynx won at home 3-2, and followed up with a 5-2 road victory.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MIKE BAYRACK, LEFT WING (2 GP; 2 G; 2 PTS): The defending ECHL Player of the Week Award winner, Mike Bayrack continued to impress as he has netted seven goals in his last five games. Bayrack currently holds the goal scoring streak amongst all players with five. He is one goal short of joining Charlotte’s Mike Wirll, who scored in six consecutive games. The leader of the category is San Diego’s Mark Peterson, who netted 12 goals in a nine game streak - at Roanoke (02/17) Bayrack scored the Generals only goal in a 4-1 loss, while defensively he was on the ice for two of the Express’ goals - at Charlotte (02/21) Bayrack would score the game’s first goal, and play a key role in the Generals 4-3 shootout decision over Charlotte. With four minutes remaining in the game, and Greensboro trailing 3-2, a brawl at the net led to a two-minute penalty for Bayrack, as the Generals bench used his inspiration to eventually tie the game, and earn a shootout victory.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: JAMIE HODSON: - at Roanoke (02/17) DID NOT PLAY - at Charlotte (02/21) Starting in net for the Generals, Hodson would record 30 saves, in helping lead Greensboro to a 4-3 shootout victory. With Greensboro being out shot 15-10 in the second and third period, Hodson helped pave the way for a Generals comeback with spectacular saves. With the Checkers penetrating the Generals defensive zone for three overtime shots, Hodson denied all three, setting up the dramatic shootout.
LAST WEEK RECAPS
GENERALS 4, CHECKERS 3 (SO)
CHARLOTTE - The ECHL rules define it as a team goal, but the fact of the matter is that the Generals Geno Parrish scored the game winner in a 4-3 shootout over the Charlotte Checkers, sending Generals fans packed in the Cricket Arena into euphoria.
Greensboro (32-21-1) fell into an early 0-2 hole, when Charlotte (26-21-7) scored just 4:13 into the opening period, when Richard Keyes received an assist from Kengo Ito to give the Checkers an early 1-0 advantage. Just over three minutes later, the Checkers would again find the net, as Dusty Jamison sent the puck past netminder Jamie Hodson. The Generals would then turn to a familiar offensive source, as Mike Bayrack scored his seventh goal in the last five games, cutting the deficit to 2-1 heading to the second period.
The Checkers would score the lone goal of the second period, when Jamison again found the back the net, pushing the lead to 3-1 for Charlotte. Greensboro would manage only seven shots on goal for the period, finding it difficult to penetrate the Checkers defensive zone.
In the third, the Generals began to make their move early, scoring just 2:05 into the frame, as Derek Crimin tapped in an assist in front of the net from Kurt Drummond. Greensboro would again put the puck on net, when Matt Chandler caught a feed on his stick from Joel Irwin, who kicked the puck to the face-off circle, allowing Chandler the opportunity to tie the game.
Following a scoreless overtime frame, Greensboro moved into a shootout round, where the Generals held a 1-1 record on the season. In the eighth round, Geno Parrish facing off against Checkers netminder David St. Germain, who was unable to stop the Parrish shot. The win moves Greensboro to four wins in the battle for the Carolina Cup, with an opportunity to maintain control for a second season following a win on Thursday night.
EXPRESS 4, GENERALS 1
ROANOKE, VA - The Greensboro Generals witnessed their three-game winning streak come to an end, following a loss to divisional rival Roanoke, 4-1. In the first of two road matchups this week against divisional opponents, the other being Charlotte, Greensboro was unable to penetrate the Express defensive zone on only one of 34 shots on goal.
The Express (24-23-6) would score the game’s first goal, when Andrew Mcpherson sent a laser shot past goaltender Daniel Berthiaume on a face-off at the 15:10 mark. Just over thirty seconds later the Express would strike again, as Carl Mallette sent a shot from the right face-off circle off the stick of a Generals defender top shelf to assume a 2-0 lead for Roanoke. Greensboro would retaliate, cutting the deficit in half, when ECHL Player of the Week, Mike Bayrack scored his sixth goal in four contests skating in front of Express netminder Jason Wolfe for the lone Generals goal. The Express would then take advantage of the first of four power-play opportunities for a Rick Kowalsky goal that bounced off Berthiaume’s forearm pad, giving Roanoke a 3-1 lead by period’s end.
In a scoreless second period for both teams, Greensboro (31-21-1) would manage 12 shots on goal, opposed to seven registered for the Express.
The physicality of both teams came to a head in the third period, when in a second battle on the ice earning each player five-minute majors, Alex Andreyev (Greensboro) and Robert Snowball fought at center ice hoping for a momentum swing in their team’s offensive production. The Express would net the game’s final goal, as newcomer Bryan Perez, who had registered an assist on the game’s second goal, put in a rebound for a 4-1 lead, the eventual final.
"If guys don’t understand with 19 games left what is at stake, then you don’t need to be here," Captain Mark Turner said of the critical stretch of upcoming games for Greensboro.
IN THE BARRACKS
SEVEN IN FIVE: The Greensboro Generals Mike Bayrack, defending ECHL Player of the Week, has netted seven goals in his last five games. Bayrack currently holds the goal scoring streak amongst all players with five. He is one goal short of joining Charlotte’s Mike Wirll, who scored in six consecutive games. The leader of the category is San Diego’s Mark Peterson, who netted 12 goals in a nine game streak.
STREAK SNAPPED: On February 17th, Mark Turner had his consecutive points in a game streak snapped, where in 11 games he registered 16 points. This consecutive game streak puts Turner at fourth amongst the ECHL leaders. The leader was the Peoria Rivermen’s Randy Rowe, who in 17 games played, recorded 25 points that began on November 11th.
"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.
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