2003 - 2004
November 24, 2003
GREENSBORO GENERALS INTELLIGENCE REPORT
11-and Counting : Following a three-game winning streak that began with a 4-3 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves, the Greensboro Generals have won their 11th game of the season. In a parallel to Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono’s first season with the team in 2002-03, Greensboro has reached this milestone one week earlier. It was not until November 29th of last season that the Generals won their 11th game, whereas the team accomplished the feat this season with the 3-2 overtime victory over the South Carolina Stingrays. Greensboro has two games remaining in the five-game home stand which continues against the 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.
LOOKING BACK : The Greensboro Generals completed the week of November 16th with a 3-1 record, where following a road loss to the Reading Royals have won three consecutive home games and have maintained their second place standing in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference Southern Division, trailing only the Florida Everblades. Greensboro is in the midst of their second three-game winning streak of the season following wins over Mississippi, Roanoke, and the South Carolina Stingrays. The Generals are also looking to match the team’s longest winning streak of the season, four games, when they face the Reading Royals on November 26th at the Greensboro Coliseum. On Thanksgiving Day fans will have the opportunity to spend the evening with the Generals after a turkey day with family, when the Generals play the Florida Everblades in a battle for first place. Greensboro closes out the week of November 23rd, with a game at Florence.
LAST WEEK RECAPS
Generals 4, Sea Wolves 3
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.
"he 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.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Greensboro-Turek 5 (power play) (Reiman; Parrish) 8:58. 2, Mississippi-Dumont 8 (Kuznetsov; Rochon) 10:22. Penalties: O'Rourke, MIS (Interference), 2:34. Maxwell, MIS (Fighting, Major), 6:03. Andreyev, GBO (Fighting, Major), 6:03. Hutchins, MIS (Tripping), 8:08. Wendell, GBO (Holding), 15:47. Blais, MIS (Roughing), 19:39. Turner, GBO (Holding stick), 19:39.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Greensboro-Drummond 4 (power play) (Gerbe; Fortier) 15:34. 4, Mississippi-Baxter 5 (power play) (Kuznetsov; Dumont) 19:25. Penalties: Lisabeth, MIS (Hooking), 1:53. Lupandin, MIS (Hooking), 6:11. Ftorek, GBO (High sticking), 6:54. Irwin, GBO (Slashing), 9:40. Cava, MIS (Interference, Ten minute misc.), 13:53. Parrish, GBO (Holding stick), 18:40. Reiman, GBO (Roughing), 19:38. Hutchins, MIS (Roughing), 19:38.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Mississippi-Baxter 6 (power play) (Ellis-Toddington; Gauvreau) 1:28. 6, Greensboro-Drummond 5 (power play) (Fortier; Parrish) 4:45. 7, Greensboro-Ftorek 7 (game winner) (power play) (Parrish; Reiman) 14:44. Penalties: Bonni, GBO (Slashing), 0:51. Turek, GBO (Tripping), 1:36. Rochon, MIS (High sticking), 4:33. Blais, MIS (Roughing), 8:32. Bonni, GBO (Roughing, Spearing, Double minor), 8:32. Lupandin, MIS (Roughing), 8:32. Bonni, GBO (Spearing), 8:32. Drummond, GBO (Spearing, Major, Game misc.), 13:10. Gauvreau, MIS (Slashing), 13:10. Baxter, MIS (Tripping), 14:22. Ftorek, GBO (Holding), 14:44. Reiman, GBO (Roughing), 14:44. Cava, MIS (Roughing), 14:44. Reiman, GBO (Ten minute misc.), 14:44. Cava, MIS (Ten minute misc.), 14:44.
Power Play Conversions : Mississippi - 2 of 10, Greensboro - 4 of 7.
Goalies : Mississippi-Gardner (35 shots, 31 saves; record: 6-3-3). Greensboro-Berthiaume (33 shots, 30 saves; record: 9-4-0).
Referee: Pelletier. Linesmen: Hamlett; Carnathan.
Generals 8, Express 6
The word rivalry defines the on-ice battles that take place between the Greensboro Generals and the Roanoke Express. An 8-6 win over the Express gave Greensboro an early advantage in the season series, as the Generals had an offensive outburst, which sent the 3,589 in attendance roaring to their feet.
The Express (9-6-0) registered the first goal just 4:33 into the game, when Duncan Dalmao converted a power-play conversion, where they lead 1-0. Greensboro retaliated with two consecutive goals of their own, as Eric Fortier sent home a power-play shot off a face off, knotting the game at 1-1. The Generals leading goal scorer, Sam Ftorek, slapped a hard wrister past Roanoke netminder Jason Wolfe, to send the teams to intermission with a Generals 2-1 lead.
In the second period, Greensboro found a rhythm that helped set the stage for an offensive explosion. Following consecutive goals opening play by Roanoke’s David Silverstone and Andrew McPherson, which gave the Express a 3-2 lead at the 7:33 mark of the period, Greensboro’s offense kicked into overdrive. A power-play goal by Joel Irwin, following feed from Matt Turek and Geno Parrish, tied the game at 3-3. Just under 20 seconds later Turek scored his first of two goals, when on a power play he caught a rebound from the shooting Parrish, for a wrap around goal that would give Greensboro a 4-3 advantage. Turek found himself open for another goal at the 17:50 mark to give Greensboro a 5-3 lead, and following the Express’ Rick Kowalsky registering a goal with under a minute remaining in the period, where Greensboro would lead 5-4 at period’s end.
Joel Irwin opened third period scoring, working his magic for a second goal of the evening. The Generals Sam Ftorek giving him a team-high ninth goal on the season, rifling a shot past the outstretched Wolfe. Greensboro got its eighth and final goal off the stick of Mike Bayrack, who also registered an assist, to earn their 10th victory of the season. The Express would close out scoring with a power-play goal by Rick Kowalsky, and a final breakaway goal when David Silverstone scored with just under a minute remaining.
"I think that playing even one man short tonight (Erik Wendell), our defensive play was tremendous. True we gave up six goals, but I think that our power-play was once again solid tonight. Individually, Joel Irwin had his best game of the year. I thought that the whole team was really solid, most important Daniel Berthiaume who had six goals against him. No matter what the score is, I was proud of our play, our team, and we have to maintain this same energy," Head Coach Rick Adduono said of his team’s performance.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Roanoke-Dalmao (power play) (Dusbabek; Limpright) 4:33. 2, Greensboro-Fortier (power play) (Turner; Elich) 9:02. 3, Greensboro-Ftorek (Parrish; Turner) 17:04. Penalties: Fortier, GBO (Tripping), 3:42. Kotsopoulos, RNK (Fighting, Major), 6:04. Grimes, GBO (Fighting, Major), 6:04. Kotsopoulos, RNK (Interference), 6:04. Turner, GBO (Slashing), 6:25. O'Connell, RNK (High sticking), 8:57. Scatchard, RNK (Roughing), 13:35. Turek, GBO (Slashing), 15:49. Limpright, RNK (High sticking, Double minor), 16:23.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Roanoke-Silverstone (Dusbabek; Carney) 1:11. 5, Roanoke-McPherson (Carney; Kowalsky) 7:33. 6, Greensboro-Irwin (power play) (Turek; Parrish) 12:52. 7, Greensboro-Turek (Irwin; Bonni) 13:21. 8, Greensboro-Turek (Parrish; Bayrack) 17:50. 9, Roanoke-Kowalsky (power play) (Dalmao; Limpright) 19:37. Penalties: Irwin, GBO (Holding stick), 1:46. Scatchard, RNK (Fighting, Major), 5:20. Grimes, GBO (Fighting, Major), 5:20. Bonni, GBO (Holding), 5:20. Kotsopoulos, RNK (Roughing, Double minor, Ten minute misc.), 10:20. O'Connell, RNK (Slashing), 15:48. Grimes, GBO (Holding stick), 19:11.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 10, Greensboro-Irwin (Drummond; Elich) 0:39. 11, Greensboro-Ftorek (game winner) (power play) (Drummond; Turner) 2:02. 12, Greensboro-Bayrack (Irwin; Elich) 6:25. 13, Roanoke-Limpright (power play) (Kowalsky; Dalmao) 15:09. 14, Roanoke-Silverstone (Stayzer; Bergin) 19:21. Penalties: O'Connell, RNK (Unsportsmanlike Cond, Ten minute misc.), 1:17. Carlson, RNK (Slashing), 1:56. Ftorek, GBO (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 7:42. Limpright, RNK (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 7:42. Turner, GBO (Slashing, Major, Game misc.), 10:31. Ftorek, GBO (Elbowing), 12:29. Bonni, GBO (Roughing), 14:36. Andreyev, GBO (Fighting, Major), 20:00. Stayzer, RNK (Fighting, Major), 20:00. Bonni, GBO (Ten minute misc.), 20:00. Kowalsky, RNK (Game misc.), 20:00.
Power Play Conversions : Roanoke - 3 of 8, Greensboro - 3 of 8.
Goalies : Roanoke-Wolfe (52 shots, 44 saves). Greensboro-Berthiaume (41 shots, 35 saves).
Generals 3, Stingrays 2 (OT)
In the midst of a five-game home stand, the second longest of such streaks, the Greensboro Generals have won three consecutive games, following a 3-2 overtime victory against the South Carolina Stingrays. The Generals (11-5-0) got a major lift with five seconds remaining in the overtime period when Captain Mark Turner sent home an assist from Kurt Drummond and Eric Fortier from the right side of the goal, as the Generals kept pace with the Florida Everblades.
A sluggish opening period by both teams resulted in a lone goal, when at the 7:45 mark of the first period, the Stingrays (7-7-1) Dave Seitz sent a power-play conversion past the glove of Daniel Berthiaume. The Seitz goal gave South Carolina a 1-0 lead heading into the second.
The Generals Eric Fortier kick started the offense with a his ninth goal of the season, tying Sam Ftorek for the team-high, when a top shelf shot was rifled past Stingrays netminder Kirk Daubenspeck. South Carolina retaliated with a Shawn Skiehar goal just over two minutes later that closed out scoring in the period with the Stingrays holding a 2-1 advantage.
A goaltender battle throughout, with Berthiaume matching save-for-save with Daubenspeck, was tied at 2-2 of the third period when Fortier sent home his second goal. At the 14:41 mark, Fortier scored on a rebound goal, following a Generals breakaway, sending the crowd of 2,405 roaring at the Greensboro Coliseum. The score would remain throughout regulation, making an extra frame for both teams.
In overtime, the netminder battle continued, with the game ending in dramatic fashion. Generals captain Mark Turner got an assist from Kurt Drummond following Greensboro winning the face-off, scoring from just beyond the circle to give the Generals the 3-2 win.
"We were able to get the puck off the face-off in our zone, after we called the time out. Drummond and Fortier brought the puck just beyond the blue line. Then Kurt made a great pass over their players stick and I got a good shot on goal," said Turner of the development of the game-winning play.
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, South Carolina-Seitz 3 (power play) (Courtenay; Power) 7:45. Penalties: Reiman, GBO (Holding stick), 6:04. Ftorek, GBO (Hooking), 7:02. Irwin, GBO (High sticking), 9:17.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Greensboro-Fortier 8 (power play) (Turner; Elich) 13:02. 3, South Carolina-Skiehar 2 (Johnson; Huppe) 15:35. Penalties: Daubenspeck, SC served by Allen (Tripping), 1:11. Gallant, GBO (Fighting, Major), 7:29. Spencer, SC (Fighting, Major), 7:29. Jickling, SC (Cross checking), 11:40. Spencer, SC (Roughing), 13:02. Gallant, GBO (Roughing, Double minor), 13:02. Bonni, GBO (Slashing), 16:12. Turek, GBO (Roughing), 18:36. Boulanger, SC (Roughing), 18:36.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Greensboro-Fortier 9 (Turner; Irwin) 14:41. Penalties: Lorentz, SC (Hooking), 0:17. Andreyev, GBO (Fighting, Major), 6:35. Spencer, SC (Fighting, Major), 6:35. Spencer, SC (Holding), 8:00. OVERTIME -- Scoring: 5, Greensboro-Turner 6 (game winner) (power play) (Fortier; Drummond) 4:55. Penalties: Allen, SC (Holding), 3:41.
Power Play Conversions : South Carolina - 1 of 5, Greensboro - 2 of 5.
Goalies : South Carolina-Daubenspeck (38 shots, 35 saves; record: 5-4-1). Greensboro-Berthiaume (40 shots, 38 saves; record: 11-4-0).
Referee: Brown. Linesmen: Owen; Hamlett.
IN THE BARRACKS
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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