2003 - 2004
November 18, 2003
GREENSBORO GENERALS INTELLIGENCE REPORT
HOME-ICE ADVANTAGE : The Greensboro Generals will be used to "home cooking" as they face their first five-game homestand of the season when they play the Mississippi Sea Wolves (November 20); Roanoke Express (November 21); South Carolina Stingrays (November 23—note the schedule change from the pocket schedule); Reading Royals (November 26); and Florida Everblades (November 27th). The lengthy home scheduling marks the first time that Greensboro will play five games at home, the next coming in January, as the Generals will turn their attention to the second half of the schedule.
Following their most recent home loss, Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono addressed the importance of winning at home, saying "It is very tough, and it is unacceptable. We have lost too many games early in the season in our own building. They have been entertaining. We have battled and made things happen, but you have to battle harder."
LOOKING BACK : The Greensboro Generals began the week of November 9th on the offensive, scoring seven goals in a win over the Greenville Grrrowl. The win moved Greensboro to 3-0 on the season against the Grrrowl, where they have outscored Greenville 16-5 in the series. The Generals then came home for the middle of their three game stand, where former General Don Carter was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame, marking the first player to be retired along with his jersey (No. 14), since Pat Kelly in 2002. Greensboro managed two goals in the opening period, however could not recover defensively, and lost for the third time at home this season. Going back to the road, the Generals for the first time all season, lost back-to-back games, after falling to the Reading Royals 5-1. The Generals maintained their position in the standings, remaining just three points shy of the first place Florida Everblades.
LAST WEEK RECAPS
Royals 5, Generals 1
READING, PA - For just the second time all season, the Greensboro Generals lost on the road. A 5-1 loss to the Reading Royals moves the Generals to 8-4-0 on the season, however maintain their position in the standings and remain just three points from the first place Florida Everblades. The Royals (7-3-3) Judd Medak led their offense charge, registering one goal and two assists.
Greensboro’s Erik Wendell scored his first goal of the season, when at the 9:00 mark of the first period, he was a receipent of a Kurt Drummon assist, giving Greensboro a 1-0 lead. Unable to get the offense on track, the Generals were limited to just 25 shots in the game, and eight shots on all seven of its power-play chances.
Medak assisted on a power-play goal by Matt Snesrud that tied the score at 1-1 with 6:52 left in the second period and helped out on a tally by Peter Hay 83 seconds into the third. Medak added a power-play goal of his own late in the third to seal the scoring. Snesrud, Hay and David Masse all had a goal and an assist for Reading, which improved to 2-1-1 at home this season.
Cody Rudkowsky had 24 saves to improve to 4-2-1 on the season. Daniel Berthiaume turned away 37 shots in the loss.
The Generals now return to Greensboro for a five game home stand. Fans need to note that the November 22nd game against the South Carolina Stingrays, as it appears on the pocket schedule, has been changed to Sunday, November 23rd. The Generals return to the ice on Thursday, November 20th, where fans have the opportunity to purchase $1 draft beer.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Greensboro-Wendell 1 (Drummond; Parrish) 9:00. Penalties: Andreyev, GBO (Slashing), 3:56. Stewart, REA (Slashing), 10:14. Medak, REA (Hooking), 12:00. Ftorek, GBO (Holding), 12:00. Masse, REA (Roughing), 13:30. Grimes, GBO (Roughing), 13:30. Andreyev, GBO (Fighting, Major), 17:29. Stewart, REA (Fighting, Major), 17:29.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Reading-Snesrud 2 (power play) (Medak; Davyduke) 13:08. Penalties: Nault, REA (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 0:42. Bayrack, GBO (Hooking), 0:42. Masse, REA (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 3:08. Chandler, GBO (Hooking), 6:32. Masse, REA (Roughing), 10:35. Wendell, GBO (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 10:35. Grimes, GBO (Roughing), 11:09. Stewart, REA (Roughing), 13:39. Maleyko, REA (Slashing), 14:44. Chandler, GBO (Elbowing), 17:07.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Reading-Hay 5 (game winner) (Medak; Zion) 1:23. 4, Reading-Church 7 (Mischler; Masse) 10:16. 5, Reading-Masse 5 (Snesrud) 11:08. 6, Reading-Medak 3 (power play) (Hay; Davyduke) 15:25. Penalties: Church, REA (Roughing), 4:18. Reiman, GBO (Roughing), 4:18. Hayward, REA (Slashing), 5:00. Davyduke, REA (Tripping), 11:17. Church, REA (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 11:17. Fortier, GBO (Tripping), 12:04. Wendell, GBO (Holding), 14:26. Masse, REA (Roughing), 18:58.
Power Play Conversions : Greensboro - 0 of 7, Reading - 2 of 6.
Goalies : Greensboro-Berthiaume (42 shots, 37 saves; record: 8-4-0). Reading-Rudkowsky (25 shots, 24 saves; record: 4-2-1).
Referee--Fraser. Linesmen--McDevitt; Smith.
Inferno 3, Generals 2
GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals (8-4-0) had their longest winning streak of the season snapped, four games entering the contest, as the Columbia Inferno left town with a 3-2 victory in the Greensboro Coliseum. In front of 4,399 in attendance, as the Generals donned their green jersey’s to honor the franchise heritage, with the retirement of Don Carter and his No. 14 jersey, marking the second player inducted into the Greensboro Generals Hall of Fame.
The Inferno (8-3-2) converted a power-play marking the first goal of the game, as Chris Pittman got a feed from Derek Eastman and Corey Hessler, giving Columbia a 1-0 lead just 2:27 into the game. Greensboro’s Sam Ftorek responded with a slapper past Inferno netminder Josh Blackburn, knotting the game at 1-1. The Generals took the lead with just over two minutes remaining, as Matt Turek got a rebound from a Joel Irwin shot on goal, sending the puck top shelf giving Greensboro a 2-1 lead.
In the second period Columbia was able to take advantage of Generals defensive miscues. The Inferno’s Corey Hessler scored after the puck bounced in the crease, and Hessler responded with a strong shot on net to tie the game at 2-2 at the 3:49 mark of the period. Columbia’s Terry Harrison scored what proved to be the game winner, as he sent the puck past Daniel Berthiaume, giving the Inferno a 3-2 lead, the eventual final.
"It was a pretty solid hockey game with both teams working very hard. Outshooting them 40-25 (shots on goal) is tough for me to pinpoint on my team that there was any lack of work ethic. We just simply could not capitalize on any opportunities. We had three or four glorious chances to tie the game and I deem it to be our own fault that we made some costly errors that allowed them back into the game," Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono to said of his team’s opportunity to get quality shots on goal.
The Generals now go on the road to face the Reading Royals, with a 7:00 game time on Sunday, November 16th. Greensboro returns home on Thursday, November 20th, when they begin a five-game homestand against the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Fans are encouraged to attend where all draft beer will available for $1 on Thirsty Thursday.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Columbia-Pittman 4 (power play) (Eastman; Hessler) 2:27. 2, Greensboro-Ftorek 6 (Turner; Wendell) 6:31. 3, Greensboro-Turek 4 (power play) (Irwin; Parrish) 17:38. Penalties: Andreyev, GBO (Cross checking), 0:27. Parrish, GBO (Tripping), 1:54. Vial, CBA (Slashing), 7:15. Labelle, CBA (Roughing), 13:05. Turek, GBO (Roughing), 13:05. Eastman, CBA (Cross checking), 16:25.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Columbia-Hessler 3 (Pittman) 3:49. 5, Columbia-Harrison 4 (game winner) (Burrows) 16:58. Penalties: Labelle, CBA (Charging), 0:00. Bayrack, GBO (Tripping), 0:45. Parrish, GBO (Roughing), 10:08. Burrows, CBA (Roughing), 10:08. Grimes, GBO (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 11:48. Smith, CBA (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 11:48. Nolan, CBA (High sticking), 11:48. Fortier, GBO (Hooking), 14:06. Bayrack, GBO (Hooking), 18:00. Moore, CBA (Holding stick), 18:24.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Clarance, CBA (Elbowing), 7:07. Elich, GBO (High sticking), 7:43. Grimes, GBO (Roughing), 10:44. Pittman, CBA (Roughing), 10:44. Turner, GBO (Cross checking), 14:39. Vial, CBA (Ten minute misc.), 20:00.
Power Play Conversions : Columbia - 1 of 6, Greensboro - 1 of 6.
Goalies : Columbia-Blackburn (40 shots, 38 saves; record: 6-2-1). Greensboro-Berthiaume (25 shots, 22 saves; record: 8-3-0).
Referee--Banfield. Linesmen--Hamlett; Carnathan.
Generals 7, Grrrowl 1
GREENVILLE, SC -- Matt Elich scored a pair of goals and added two assists to help the Greensboro Generals (8-3-0) skate to a 7-1 victory over the Greenville Grrrowl (1-7-1).
The victory marks the first time that the Generals have won four consecutive games since the final seven games of the 2002-03 season, where Greensboro was in the midst of a seven-game winning streak heading into the post season.
Elich, who has four goals with Greensboro, scored within the first five minutes of both the second and third periods and assisted on the first goal of the game by Kevin Grimes. Mark Turner potted a goal to provide the Generals with a 2-0 lead and later tallied on the power-play to record his first multiple-goal game of the year. Mike Bayrack finished with a goal and a pair of assists and Matt Turek chipped in with three helpers for Greensboro, which has beaten Greenville four consecutive times.
Daniel Berthiaume had 30 saves, including 22 in the first two periods, in the win. Chris Lynch scored with 51 seconds left in the middle period to account for the only goal for the Grrrowl, which has one victory in nine games. Michel Robinson allowed three goals in almost 11 minutes and Scott Kabotoff had 19 saves over the final 49 minutes of the contest for Greenville.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Greensboro-Grimes 1 (Elich) 2:37. 2, Greensboro-Turner 4 (game winner) (Ftorek; Fortier) 9:42. 3, Greensboro-Bayrack 4 (Elich) 10:55. Penalties: Bonni, GBO (Roughing), 3:39. Zehr, GRV (Fighting, Major), 10:18. Bonni, GBO (Fighting, Major), 10:18. DeLacour, GRV (Slashing), 12:07. Stewart, GRV (Charging), 19:58. Flache, GRV (Board check), 19:58.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Greensboro-Turner 5 (power play) (Drummond; Ftorek) 0:39. 5, Greensboro-Elich 3 (Bayrack; Turek) 3:51. 6, Greensboro-Chandler 1 (Turek) 5:57. 7, Greenville-Lynch 4 (power play) (Gouett; Fraser) 19:09. Penalties: Nail, GRV (Slashing), 7:24. Bonni, GBO (Slashing), 9:29. Parrish, GBO (Fighting, Major), 14:17. Deis, GRV (Fighting, Major, Game misc.), 14:17. Reiman, GBO (Roughing), 17:21.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 8, Greensboro-Elich 4 (Turek; Bayrack) 4:21. Penalties: Bonni, GBO (High sticking), 1:39. Lynch, GRV (Tripping), 5:33. Andreyev, GBO (Ten minute misc.), 18:32.
Power Play Conversions : Greensboro - 1 of 5, Greenville - 1 of 4.
Goalies : Greensboro-Berthiaume (31 shots, 30 saves; record: 8-2-0). Greenville-Robinson (8 shots, 5 saves; record: 0-5-1); Kabotoff (23 shots, 19 saves).
Referee--Ernst. Linesmen--Shiley; Wicklum.
IN THE BARRACKS
Defensemen Kevin Grimes is tied for first place, along with three others, for 18 Minor Penalty minutes.
Ironman netminder Daniel Berthiaume ranks first in the ECHL amongst goaltenders with 747 minutes played. Berthiaume remains second amongst ECHL goaltenders with eight wins, and saves (346) trailing only Marc Magliarditi of Las Vegas in with nine wins and 373 saves.
Rookie Tom Reimann continues to impress, as he ranks 11th among his fellow rookie scorers, with four goals and five assists, amassing nine points. Reimann also ranks fifth in shots (42), among the newcomers to the ECHL.
Defensemen Kurt Drummond and Geno Parrish, constants for Coach Adduono, rank amongst the best for their position in the ECHL. Drummond currently stands tied at fourth with three goals and nine assists, while Parrish is tied for seventh with a goal and 10 assists, scoring 11 points.
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.
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