2003 - 2004
November 27, 2003
Generals four-game winning streak snapped
GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals closed out their first five-game home stand of the season with a 4-3 loss at the hands of the division leading Florida Everblades. The Generals captured four of five games, however were unable to capitalize on opportunities presented to them late in the third period, that would allow them to extend their second four game winning streak of the season to a fifth game.
A battle of goaltenders in the early on, was broken with Eric Fortier of Greensboro (12-6-0) scored his 11th goal of the season at the 15:48 mark of the first period. Fortier put a wrister past the outstretched glove of Jeff Maund, giving Greensboro a 1-0 lead. That advantage would last just a shade over ten seconds when the Everblades (12-3-3) Gray Shaneberger was able to capitalize off the recovering Generals defense, to tie the game at 1-1, where the score would remain throughout the remainder.
The Generals Sam Ftorek netted a breakaway goal that was sent top shelf, giving Greensboro its second lead of the game, this time 2-1 just 2:38 into the second period. Once again the Everblades would retaliate with a goal of their own, this time coming when Jay LeGault skated just in front of the crease occupied by netminder Daniel Berthiaume, who despite an acrobatic move, surrendered his second goal of the game. In the final stages of the second, Matt Turek converted the only power-play of the game, when on an assist from Tom Reimann, sent the puck to the left top shelf past Florida’s Jeff Maund.
In the third, Florida once again tied the game, when just 4:52 into the period Reggie Berg sent a shot past Berthiaume for a 3-3 contest. The Everblades closed out scoring when Carl Mallette took advantage of the Generals cushion on defense to put a high shot on net, and earn the victory.
"I am pleased because as a team we had 47 shots on goal. Obviously when you don’t win in your own building you didn’t play well enough, regardless if they got lucky goals or not. The effort was definitely there from our side. We had solid goaltending tonight, they countered it with solid goaltending. We had a 3-2 lead going into the third, and the third goal that tied the game was just a shot thrown at the net and no one saw it. The winning goal, we had great coverage in our own zone, but we gave too much of a gap and allowed their defensemen to get a shot away, and they scored," Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono said of his team’s performance.
The Generals now travel to Florence, where they take on the Pride at 7:30 on Saturday, November 29th. This marks the beginning of a three game road trip, where they face Dayton, and Cincinnati to begin the month of December. Greensboro will next return home on Thursday, December 11th, when they face the Gwinnett Gladiators.
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