2003 - 2004
November 20, 2003
Generals power their way to victory over Sea Wolves
GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals began the first game of a five-game homestand in dramatic fashion, netting a 4-3 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. A two-goal third period proved to be the difference, as the Generals Sam Ftorek scored a wrap around goal to forge Greensboro to within just one point of the first place Florida Everblades.
The Generals (9-5-0) kicked off the scoring with a power-play conversion when Matt Turek sent home his fifth goal of the season off an assist from Tom Reimann and Geno Parrish in the first period at the 8:58 mark. The Sea Wolves Louis Dumont responded, by netting the only even strength goal of the game, just over a minute later to send each team to intermission tied at 1-1.
In the second, Greensboro got help from its defenseman Kurt Drummond who scored his first power play goal of the game, regaining the lead at the 15:34 point, as he rifled a shot past Greg Gardner. Mississippi’s Jim Baxter would respond with just 35 seconds before the second period intermission to again knot the game, this time at 2-2.
Baxter converted the Sea Wolves second power-play to open scoring just 1:28 into third period, as an the acrobatic Generals netminder Daniel Berthiaume watched the puck drip by to give Mississippi a 3-2 advantage. Again the Generals Drummond would rise to the occasion scoring his second power-play goal of the contest, tying the game at 3-3 just under five minutes into the third period. Strong defense and penalties for both left the game scoreless until 14:44 when Sam Ftorek scored his team-high seventh goal of the season to give the Generals a 4-3 victory over the Sea Wolves.
All total, Greensboro converted 4 of 7 power plays, which was key in the victory, as was Daniel Berthiaume’s 30 saves. Defenseman Geno Parrish registered three assist, another major lift to the Generals offensive attack.
"The key in the game tonight was a concern of getting the puck on net, and keeping people in front of the defense. We did this in a timely fashion, and that made all the difference in the world," Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono said of his team’s performance.
The Greensboro Generals will be used to "home cooking" as they face their second team of the five-game home stand of the season when they play the Roanoke Express (November 21). Greensboro will then return on Sunday, November 23rd, when they take on the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:00 p.m. (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.
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