2003 - 2004
December 22, 2003
GREENSBORO GENERALS INTELLIGENCE REPORT
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: The staff and players of the Greensboro Generals would like to thank all the fans for their continued support of the team, and wish each and every one of you a safe and Merry Christmas.
ON THE HORIZON: The Greensboro Generals will play on back-to-back nights this week, following four days off for Christmas. On Friday, December 26th, Greensboro will renew its rivalry with the Greenville Grrrowl, with a game time of 7:30. On the following night, Greensboro will face off against the Roanoke Express for the second time this week, this time at 7:30 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum.
LOOKING BACK: Greensboro closed the week of December 20th in a strong way. The Generals won in consecutive games, over the South Carolina Stingrays and Roanoke Express, netting at least five goals in the two contests.
LAST WEEK RECAPS
GENERALS 5, EXPRESS 1
ROANOKE, VA -- Jamie Hodson recorded at least 40 saves for his third straight start as the Greensboro Generals defeated the Roanoke Express, 5-1.
Hodson, who turned away 53 shots in a one-goal loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators on December 19, stopped all 34 shots he faced over the first two periods.
Despite surrendering a goal early in the third, the 23-year-old finished with 42 saves in the win. Hodson has posted 140 saves and a save percentage of .959 over his last three appearances.
Eric Fortier had a goal and two assists for Greensboro, which improved to 7-4-1 on the road this season. Dan Carney tallied a power-play goal 4:30 into the final period for Roanoke, which has lost two straight after having a four-game win streak snapped. Jason Wolfe gave up all five goals on 28 shots for the loss.
GENERALS 7, STINGRAYS 2
GREENSBORO—For the third time in the month of December the Greensboro Generals have scored at least six goals, as they defeated the South Carolina Stingrays 7-2, maintaining a tie for second place in the divisional standings.
The Generals started out fast, netting the games first goal just 34 seconds into the first period, as right-wing Chester Gallant sent home his second goal in as many home games. Gallant took advantage of a feed from teammates Mark Turner and Tom Reimann. The Stingrays (14-11-1) answered later in the period, when on a power-play conversion Kevin Spiewak sent a laser shot past the outstretched glove of netminder Daniel Berthiaume knotting the game at 1-1.
In the second, the Generals (16-10-1) Matt Turek provided the only goal of the period, when he and Matt Elich took advantage of a breakaway opportunity to give Greensboro a 2-1 advantage. Facing just 12 shots on goal in the period, Berthiaume continued his stellar goaltending, denying the Stingrays on their only power-play opportunity of the frame.
The third period proved to be the shootout for Greensboro, when the Generals would score five goals, beginning with a short-handed goal by Eric Fortier at the 4:08 mark. Fortier scored his team-high 13th goal of the season, off an unassisted goal. Captain Mark Turner would then get into the act himself with a shorthanded goal just under two minutes later. Greensboro continued its offensive push when Chester Gallant sent the puck past the Stingrays Kirk Daubenspeck for his second goal of the game.
After three consecutive goals to open the third period scoring by the Generals, South Carolina retaliated with a goal by Jason Bonsignore. However, Greensboro offense was not about to relinquish its scoring touch, as Mike Bayrack got into the act when he scored his 11th goal of the season, off assists from Kurt Drummond and Gallant. Closing out scoring, with just 17 seconds remaining on the clock, Gallant recorded the first hat-trick of his professional career, sending the Generals fans to their feet with a 7-2 victory.
The Generals defensive unit was also a major contributing factor to the victory over South Carolina. Led by netminder Daniel Berthiaume’s 42 save performance, defenseman Kurt Drummond also registered three assists, and recent All-Star selection Tom Reimann also contributed his 14th assist of the season.
GLADIATORS 2, GENERALS 1
DULUTH, GA - The Greensboro Generals return home from their 11th road game of the season, following a 2-1 loss to the Gwinett Gladiators. Greensboro, despite the loss, maintains a 6-4-1 record on the road.
Leading the way for Greensboro was netminder Jamie Hodson, who stopped all 26 shots in the first period and finished with 53 saves in the losing effort for Greensboro. Geno Parrish netted a power-play goal midway through the third period for the Generals, who have just one win in their last six games (1-4-1).
Gwinett’s (18-6-3) Phil Lewandowski and Anthony Aquino scored back-to-back goals in the second period to help the Gwinnett Gladiators edge the Greensboro Generals, 2-1.
Lewandowski scored a man-advantage goal 5:32 into the second period and Aquino netted the eventual game-winner just 1:23 later. Michael Garnett made 25 of his 27 saves over the final 40 minutes to earn the win, his fourth in five games for Gwinnett, which has won seven of their last 10 games.
INFERNO 4, GENERALS 2
GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals dropped their second consecutive game to the Columbia Inferno, and with the loss fall to third place in the ECHL’s Southern Conference.
The Inferno (15-6-2) scored the games first goal, when at the 9:47 mark, Derek Eastman got a feed from Robin Carruthers and Chris St. Croix to take a 1-0 lead. Just over three minutes later, after winning a face-off, Greensboro knotted the game at 1-1. The Generals (15-9-1) Right Wing Chester Gallant scored his first goal of the season, after Joe Gerbe sent the puck in his direction, shooting to the right top shelf past netminder Josh Blackburn.
A defensive battle throughout the second period with a back-and-forth stoppage by both Daniel Berthiaume and Blackburn, was broken when the Inferno’s Paul Cabana scored at the 16:57, sending it past an outstretched Berthiaume. Just 21 seconds later, after being close on several attempts, the Generals Mike Bayrack scored his 10th goal of the season, becoming just the third current player this season to net 10-or-more goals. Columbia would again assume the lead with six seconds remaining in the period, when Eric LaBelle scored a wrap-around to make the score 3-2 heading into the third frame.
Once again the Generals and Inferno returned to their defensive roots, just as in the second, and the game would remain at 3-2 until the 9:52 mark. It was at that point that Columbia’s Paul Cabana scored on a break away, netting the insurance goal that gave the Inferno the final result of 4-2. This marked Cabana’s second goal of the game, as well as two assists from Alexander Burrows and Corey Hessler.
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. 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.