2003 - 2004
November 3, 2003
Generals Intelligence Report (November 3)
Generals complete opening month: The Greensboro Generals completed the opening month of the 2003-04 season, and now turn their focus to the first full month of the ECHL schedule. In the last week of October, Greensboro faced the Trenton Titans, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, and began the November schedule with a road game against the Roanoke Express. Here is a recap of the Generals games from last week:
Titans 4, Generals 1
GREENSBORO, NC - For the second time in three games the Greensboro Generals (3-2-0) lost on their home ice, falling short of Trenton Titans 4-1 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Last season the Generals did not lose their second home game until November 21, 2002, when they took on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies.
The Titans (2-3-0) scored two goals in the opening period, the first coming off a laser shot from Devin Rask, taking a 1-0 lead at the 5:57 mark. Trenton would strike with a second goal, when with just over a minute remaining in the period, Matt Zultek sent a shot past Generals netminder Daniel Berthiaume, giving the Titans a 2-0 heading into the locker rooms.
In the second, Greensboro’s Eric Fortier scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season, and third in as many games to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Fortier goal marked the only power-play conversion for either team in the game, with both teams having five opportunities. Trenton would retaliate with a goal of their own, as Bryce Coble provided the Titans with a two-goal cushion, making the lead 3-1 at the 11:42 mark of the second.
Trenton scored the lone goal of the third period, when Matt Zultek registered his second of the game at the 11:25 mark, to make the final score 4-1. The Titans were led by the defensive effort of goalie Andrew Allen who stopped 31 Generals shots on goal. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Generals, as well as a three-game home winning streak over the Titans.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Trenton-Rask 2 (Cass; Johnston) 5:57. 2, Trenton-Zultek 2 (game winner) (Bertoli; Rybar) 18:59. Penalties: Bonni, GBO (Slashing), 3:15. Drummond, GBO (Slashing), 3:44. Williams, TRE (Hooking), 9:18. Gallant, GBO (Fighting, Major), 12:13. MacIsaac, TRE (Fighting, Major), 12:13. O'Keefe, TRE (Ten minute misc.), 15:20. Grimes, GBO (Ten minute misc.), 15:20.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Greensboro-Fortier 5 (power play) (Turek; Drummond) 6:21. 4, Trenton-Cockburn 2 (Brunelle) 11:42. Penalties: Brunelle, TRE (Slashing), 6:08. Grimes, GBO (Interference), 14:15. Johnston, TRE (Holding), 19:00.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Trenton-Zultek 3 (Bertoli; Riva) 11:25. Penalties: Grimes, GBO (Hooking), 4:39. Bergeron, TRE (Tripping), 7:30. Zultek, TRE (Roughing), 17:11. Reiman, GBO (Roughing, Slashing, Double minor), 17:11. Metcalfe, TRE (Slashing), 18:55.
SHOTS ON GOAL : Trenton 10 10 13--33 Greensboro 4 19 9--32
Power Play Conversions : Trenton - 0 of 5, Greensboro - 1 of 5. Goalies: Trenton-Allen (32 shots, 31 saves; record: 2-3-0). Greensboro-Berthiaume (33 shots, 29 saves; record: 3-2-0).
Referee: Brown. Linesmen: Hamlett; Carnathan.
Generals 4, Bullies 3
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.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Greensboro-Turek 3 (short handed) (Irwin; Reiman) 2:17. 2, Greensboro-Fortier 6 (power play) (Turner; Chandler) 3:18. 3, Atlantic City-Rivard 1 (Curtin; Fahey) 18:18. Penalties: Grimes, GBO (High sticking), 0:35. Sleigher, ATC (High sticking), 2:43. Chandler, GBO (Hooking), 6:29. Grimes, GBO (Roughing), 12:20. White, ATC (Roughing), 12:20. Drummond, GBO (Cross checking), 16:10. Sabo, ATC (Holding stick), 19:02.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Atlantic City-Cullen 2 (power play) (Paolini; Fahey) 2:56. 5, Atlantic City-Reid 1 (Sleigher; Paolini) 16:49. Penalties: Reiman, GBO (Slashing), 1:19. Turner, GBO (Holding stick), 18:01. Curtin, ATC (Holding), 18:51.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 6, Greensboro-Parrish 1 (Irwin; Turek) 1:53. 7, Greensboro-Turner 2 (game winner) (Ftorek) 17:13. Penalties: None.
SHOTS ON GOAL : Atlantic City 12 9 7--28 Greensboro 10 13 12--35
Power Play Conversions : Atlantic City - 1 of 5, Greensboro - 1 of 3. Goalies: Atlantic City-Moreland (10 shots, 8 saves); Stirling ( 25 shots, 23 saves; record: 4-1-0). Greensboro-Berthiaume (28 shots, 25 saves; record: 4-2-0).
Referee: Koharski. Linesmen: Hamlett; Zaske.
Express 6, Generals 4
ROANOKE, VA - Tim O'Connell scored a pair of goals and added an assist to help the Roanoke Express beat the Greensboro Generals, 6-4. O'Connell opened the scoring just 1:25 after the initial faceoff and netted a power-play goal 6:26 later to double Roanoke's lead. Duncan Dalmao and Dan Carney each scored a power-play goal and recorded two assists for the Express, who converted four times with the man advantage. David Belitski made 33 saves, including 24 over the first two stanzas, for the win. Sam Ftorek potted a pair of goals for the Generals, who lost their first road game of the season. Daniel Berthiaume allowed four goals on 19 shots before giving way to Martin Kresac, who stopped 14 shots but suffered the loss.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Roanoke-O'Connell 3 (Kyte; Stayzer) 1:25. 2, Roanoke-O'Connell 4 (power play) (Carney; Belitski) 8:51. 3, Greensboro-Ftorek 1 (Drummond; Turner) 11:58. Penalties: Dalmao, RNK (Roughing), 3:57. Reiman, GBO (Cross checking), 5:57. BENCH, GBO served by Ftorek (Too many men), 6:55. Kyte, RNK (Roughing), 9:57. Limpright, RNK (Elbowing), 14:43.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Roanoke-Dalmao 1 (power play) (Kowalsky; Limpright) 4:03. 5, Roanoke-Carney 1 (power play) (Dalmao) 5:15. 6, Greensboro-Irwin 2 (power play) (Bayrack; Reiman) 17:05. 7, Roanoke- Dusbabek 2 (game winner) (Carney; McPherson) 18:32. Penalties: Carlson, RNK (High sticking), 0:04. Chandler, GBO (High sticking), 2:54. Ftorek, GBO (Board check), 3:32. Wendell, GBO (Fighting, Major), 7:21. Silverstone, RNK (Fighting, Major), 7:21. Bergin, RNK (Roughing), 8:02. Carlson, RNK (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 8:02. Irwin, GBO (Tripping), 13:05. McPherson, RNK (Hooking), 15:27. Reiman, GBO (Holding), 19:10.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 8, Roanoke-Limpright 4 (power play) (Dalmao; O'Connell) 4:04. 9, Greensboro-Reiman 2 (Turek; Turner) 8:09. 10, Greensboro-Ftorek 2 (Turek; Irwin) 17:29. Penalties: Grimes, GBO (High sticking, Double minor), 1:59. Andreyev, GBO (High sticking), 3:54. Stayzer, RNK (Tripping), 5:57. Bergin, RNK (Interference), 8:24. Carlson, RNK (Cross checking), 9:13. Fortier, GBO (Tripping), 10:05. Stayzer, RNK (Holding), 12:36. Drummond, GBO (Cross checking), 16:01. Scatchard, RNK (Elbowing), 16:01.
SHOTS ON GOAL : Greensboro 16 10 11--37 Roanoke 13 10 12--35
Power Play Conversions : Greensboro - 1 of 10, Roanoke - 4 of 10. Goalies: Greensboro-Kresac (16 shots, 14 saves; record: 0-1-0); Berthiaume (19 shots, 15 saves). Roanoke-Belitski (37 shots, 33 saves; record: 2-2-0).
Referee: Thul. Linesmen: Carnathan; Hamlett.
Rick Adduono on the play of selected players thus far in the season: "In the early going, on defense, Kurt Drummond and Geno Parrish have done everything that we wanted. The defensive youngster Tom Reimann has given us a good offensive ability. But we still want more out of everybody. (Kevin) Grimes has also given us some good stability in the zones. (Alex) Andreyev, every night, goes to war and wants to fight anybody if it comes down to that, but he plays better defense. Overall our defense has played very solid.
Berthiaume has done the job in-goal, and he is only going to get better.
Up front, probably the biggest surprise to everyone has been Bryson Busniuk. Again, it is only four games into the season, so we need for him to get better and stay at any type of plateau. Eric Fortier, with what he has done (a hat trick against Texas, followed up by a goal against Columbia, giving him four goals on the season), puts Fortier and Busniuk right there together. That has given us two young players that have really stepped up to the plate for us at very early stages of the season.
Other than that I would say all the veterans that have played here last year have done a good job of improving as well."
Repeat Performers : For the first time this season the Generals will face an opponent in the Greenville Grrrowl on Thursday, November 6th. The first meeting between the two, in Greenville, took place on October 25th. In the first meeting, Greensboro got offensive with a 5-2 victory. The game featured Kurtis Drummond and Bryson Busniuk who each scored a pair of goals to help the Greensboro Generals defeat the Greenville Grrrowl, 5-2. Drummond scored at 3:18 of the first period to even the score at 1-1 and added a go-ahead goal just over five minutes later. Busniuk buried the eventual game-winner midway through the first period and notched his fourth goal of the season midway through the second. Mark Turner and Eric Fortier each produced a pair of assists and Mike Bayrack finished with two points, including his second goal of the season for Greensboro, which has won three in a row. Daniel Berthiaume stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn the win, his third in four starts. Han Sung Kim and Luke Earl each scored for Greenville, which has dropped three straight to start the season. Scott Kabotoff surrendered five goals on 35 shots to take the loss.
Expanding the horizons : Greensboro will face their second "expansion" opponent in the Gwinnett Gladiators on Saturday, November 8th. The Gladiators joined the ECHL when expansion took place this past summer. An NHL Affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers, the Gladiators were formerly known as the Mobile Mysticks from 1995-2002.
Head Coach Jeff Pyle and Generals Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono also have a link in the past. In 2001, when Adduono was the Head Coach of the South Carolina Stingrays, Pyle’s Mobile Mysticks fell in a double overtime loss to the Adduono led Stingrays. In those same playoffs, Adduono would go on to capture the Kelly Cup Championship.
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 beginning October 13. 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.
Reminder to the fans : The Generals will return to the Greensboro Coliseum next Thursday night, November 6th for another R.H. Barringer sponsored Thirsty Thursday where draft beer will be available for $1, when they face the Greenville Grrrowl.