Generals Fan
2003 - 2004


December 15, 2003


RETURNING HOME: The Greensboro Generals return to the Greensboro Coliseum on four of the next six games. Greensboro will play in just their second Wednesday game of the season, when they take on the Columbia Inferno at 7:00 on December 17th. The Generals will then play a three-game weekend with road games on Friday the 19th and Sunday the 21st, sandwiched by a home contest against the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday, December 20th.

LOOKING BACK: Greensboro finished .500 for the week, with a 1-1-1 record. The Generals opened the week with a home loss to the Gwinett Gladiators, however closed out the week on a strong note with a 6-3 win over Trenton. The victory avenged a 4-1 loss to the Titans on October 30th. Greensboro then took the the road, earning a tie, in a 3-2 shootout game against the Columbus Cottonmouths. Solid goaltending from Jamie Hodson (45 saves) against Trenton, followed by Daniel Berthiaume’s 41 save performance against the Cottonmouths.


Gladiators 2, Generals 0

GREENSBORO - Following several changes to the roster of the Greensboro Generals earlier in the afternoon, the team was left searching for its identity. When the Generals faced the Gwinett Gladiators, the answer for Greensboro was a very tough netminder in the form of Michael Garnett, who lead the way for a 2-0 Gladiators victory.

With defenseman Ryan Bonni recalled to Grand Rapids, combined with defenseman Kevin Grimes played on the 7-day injured reserve, the Greensboro Generals were reliant upon the services of Dean Shmyr and Dave LoPresti. Another fellow newcomer, goaltender Jamie Hodson, started in net for Greensboro and along the way recorded 32 saves in his first game back in a Generals uniform.

The first goal came at the 15:01 mark of the opening period, when Wes Fox sent a laser shot past Hodson. The second came just over the midway point of the second, when on a power-play Kevin Doell made the deficit 2-0 heading into the third. Greensboro was unable to capitalize on 40 shots on goal, along with five power-play opportunities. The Garnett shutout marks the first time since February 14th of last season that Greensboro did not record a goal.

Generals 6, Titans 3

GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals avenged an earlier loss this season to the Trenton Titans in dramatic fashion, winning by a score of 6-3. In front of 2,718 on-hand, who tossed stuffed animals onto the ice that will be given to local children at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital the Generals will take to the road with a key victory.

Trenton (10-11-1) opened the game with a goal off the stick of Peter Fregoe, who sent a laser shot past net minder Jamie Hodson, following a rebound off the skate of Devin Rask. The Generals retaliated with a Geno Parrish goal, who sniped a shot to the left side, sending teddy bears from the crowd flying onto the ice in celebration at the 14:39 mark. Just under one minute remaining, Eric Fortier managed to light the lamp on a power-play, when on an assist by Hodson and Tom Reimann, Greensboro assumed the lead at 2-1.

Kurt Drummond started off second period scoring when he sent home his sixth goal of the season, receiving a feed from Mike Bayrack and Tom Reimann, just at the 0:31 mark. The Titans answered with a goal of their own, when left-winger Scott Bertoli, on an assist from newcomers Pete Summerfelt and Jay Leach, cut the Generals lead to 3-2. Just over three minutes later, Matt Elich gave Greensboro an insurance goal, sending his ninth goal of the 2003-04 campaign past Andrew Allen. The Elich goal sent each team to the locker room, with Greensboro leading 4-2.

The Generals would once again begin the period with a scoring flurry, this time coming on a power-play goal by Matt Turek. On an assist from teammates Kurt Drummond and Matt Elich, Turek gave Greensboro a 5-2 advantage, just 2:14 into the frame. The Titans would again attempt a comeback, after a Dan Riva goal late in the period, however Greensboro answered with some magic of its own. At the 18:32 mark, just eight seconds following the Riva goal, Generals Captain Mark Turner sent a shot just inside the blue line past Allen for the final goal, making the final score 6-3.

Netminder Jamie Hodson paced the way for Greensboro, stopping 45 of 48 shots on goal, as Tom Reimann added three assists for the Generals.

Cottonmouths 3, Generals 2 (SO)

COLUMBUS, Georgia - Olivier Michaud stopped 28 shots and was perfect in a decisive shootout as the Columbus Cottonmouths topped the Greensboro Generals, 3-2. Michaud recorded his highest save total in seven outings and stopped all four shots in the shootout, improving his record to 6-9-1. Carlyle Lewis and Matt Shasby notched a goal apiece for Columbus, which has won five of seven following a 12-game winless streak. Mark Turner led the way for Greensboro with a goal and an assist to up his team-leading point total to 30.

Daniel Berthiaume recorded a season-high 41 saves but lost for the Generals, who had won their three prior games that lasted beyond regulation.

  • Mark Turner is tied for 9th in scoring with 30 points. Turner picked up five points over the last three games, as well as maintaining the team-high.
  • Daniel Berthiaume continues to play the role as Generals “Ironman” by leading the ECHL with wins (14), minutes played (1297), and trailing Pensacola’s Brian Eklund (669) in saves for the entire ECHL. “Bert” has registered 639 saves.
  • Rookie Tom Reimann who had a three assists performance against the Trenton Titans, currently stands ninth in the ECHL among rookies with 19 points (seven goals, twelve assists). Reimann is also fourth with 80 shots on goal, and 11 power-play points among ECHL rookies.
  • Defensemen Geno Parrish and Kurt Drummond have been the constant stoppers for the Greensboro Generals all season. “Drummer” is fourth amongst defensemen with 24 points, while Parrish trails by just two, with 22 on the season.

Jon Cole
Media Relations Director
Greensboro Generals
(336) 373-7402 (office)