2003 - 2004
February 27, 2004
Generals get defensive on Lynx
GREENSBORO - With the weekend looming large and the Greensboro Generals looking to make a charge in the divisional standings, a 4-2 win over the Augusta Lynx pushed Greensboro 11-games over the .500 mark. Led by a defensive Jamie Hodson, the Generals gave the 5,057 in attendance reason to cheer.
The Generals (33-22-1) came out hitting on all cylinders, and it was obvious from the opening period. From a solid defensive effort, checking Augusta (23-26-6) solidly against the boards, and most important the shots on net, Greensboro was ready from the face off. Generals Captain Mark Turner took advantage of a mistake by Lynx goaltender Gregg Naumenko, who attempted to flip the puck past Turner who stole it in his own zone to convert a shorthanded opportunity, giving Greensboro a 1-0 lead at the 7:46 mark. Just over a minute three minutes later, Augustas Scott Corbett would convert a rebound shot off the glass and send it past Jamie Hodson for a 1-1 tie. Despite being out shot 11-7 in the opening period, Hodson continued to make remarkable plays for the Generals.
In limiting Augusta to just seven shots on goal in the second frame, Greensboro managed to work in its own offensive zone, with the result being two goals. The first of which came as Dave LoPresti shot from inside the left face off circle, and had the puck ricochet off the stick of Joel Irwin for his 11th of the season. The Generals would then rely on the fleet of foot, when Mike Bayrack and Matt Elich found themselves in two-on-one coverage, where Elich converted a shot to give the Generals a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
Mike Bayrack, who ended a consecutive goal scoring streak at six, would again prove large in the third period, when he found defenseman Kevin Grimes alone in the left face off circle, who put a slap shot on goal for a 4-1 lead, at the 15:17 mark. Just over one minute later, the Lynx Brandon Doria cut the Greensboro margin in half, when he took advantage of a Louis Goulet pass, sending it past Jamie Hodson.
Greensboro now will host its Fan Appreciation Night, with the following promotions slated:
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