2003 - 2004
March 28, 2004
GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals missed out on an opportunity to further solidify playoff positioning following a 3-0 loss to the Florida Everblades. Florida, who now assumes second place in the divisional standings, moved into position with the victory at the Greensboro Coliseum in front of 4,586 on-hand.
In a penalty filled opening frame, with both teams serving a combined 13 penalties, the Everblades managed a 2-0 advantage on the scoreboard. Florida (35-25-10) scored at the 4:13 mark of the period, when from the right hand face-off circle, Jared Newman sent the puck rattling between the pipes and netminder Jamie Hodson’s leg pads to give the Everblades a 1-0 lead. Just a shade under one minute later, the Everblades would take a bite of the Greensboro (39-29-1) defense again when from the top of the circle Tom Buckley converted a John McNabb pass from the corner for a second goal. The Generals managed 11 shots on goal against Jeff Maund, Florida’s starting goaltender.
A scoreless period for both teams, Greensboro was able to maximize its defensive play, and at the same time minimize the Florida shots on goal. The Everblades were held to just nine shots on goal, as opposed to six for the Generals. Greensboro faced a goal controversy when a Bryson Busniuk goal was disallowed because his hand crossed the crease before the puck.
The defensive battle continued from both teams in the third period, as Maund and Hodson led the way from their respective team’s nets. With 4:13 remaining in the third period, and Greensboro missing the offensive spark, Florida managed to take the wind from the Generals sails on a goal by Brent McDonald. McDonald, who came screaming in front the center of the ice, netted his 19th goal of the season.
The Generals return to the Greensboro Coliseum for their home finale on Tuesday, March 30th, with a 7:00 start time. Greensboro will face-off against the Gwinnett Gladiators.
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