2003 - 2004
October 31, 2003
Generals Give Bullies First Loss of Season
GREENSBORO, NC - The last time the Greensboro Generals saw the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (6-1-0) was the 2003 ECHL playoffs. Greensboro avenged a 2002-03 season ending loss with a 4-3 victory off the stick of Captain Mark Turner, sending the Bullies to their first loss of the year.
The game-winning goal came at the 17:13 mark of the third period, just after a line change, as Mark Turner sent home a backhanded rebound as Greensboro moves to 4-2-0 on the season.
"Mike Bayrack was just battling against the wall, and there was a line change, and I simply jumped on it. Sam Ftorek ended up with the puck, chipped it through, and I immediately went to the net. I just shot it and nobody went for the rebound, I jumped on it quickly and came around the back of the net and backhanded it in," Turner said of his game-winner. "You can’t score goals unless you put the puck on net."
Greensboro started the game out with a burst, taking advantage of a short-handed situation, as Matt Turek sent the Generals to a 1-0 lead at the 2:17 mark. The Generals would wait just over one minute to score their second, converting a power play, as Eric Fortier sent home his fifth goal, and second power play conversion, in the last three games. Atlantic City retaliated with a laser shot past netminder Daniel Berthiaume, as Stefan Rivard notched his first goal of the season, making the score 2-1 heading into the second.
"The guys showed a lot of desire in the early going because we knew that we were in our own building here, and we have to set the tone. I just told them that we have to be physical, because you have to be physical in your own building and let other teams know that you mean business. If you don’t people are going to come in here and think it is a piece of cake coming into Greensboro, and it is not going to be that way, and we are not going to let it be that way," Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono noted of his team’s performance against the Bullies.
Atlantic City scored the only goals of the second period, the first coming off a power-play conversion by Jon Cullen, sending another laser shot past Berthiaume. With just 3:11 remaining in the frame, the Bullies would take their first lead of the game, as Dave Reid scored his first goal of the season, making the score 3-2 at the end of two periods.
The veteran leadership of Greensboro began to take over in the third period, as defensemen Geno Parrish tied the game at 3-3 on a breakaway goal just 1:53 into the period. Parrish’s defensive play, along with the goaltending of Berthiaume who stopped 25 shots in the game, helped Greensboro to earn the victory with 2:47 remaining.
The Generals will face the Roanoke Express on Saturday, November 1st, and return home to the Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday, November 6th, where R.H. Barringer offers fans an opportunity to purchase draft beer for $1.