2003 - 2004
December 27, 2003
GENERALS MAINTAIN THIRD, DEFEAT EXPRESS 4-3 IN OT
BERTHIAUME STOPS 53 SHOTS
GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Generals solidified their spot in third place, and remain just two points behind first place Florida, following a 4-3 overtime victory against the Roanoke Express. The victory in front of 3,239 on-hand at the Greensboro Coliseum, closing out the calendar year for the Generals, moving Greensboro within two points of the first place Everblades and one point shy Columbia Inferno for second place.
Greensboro (18-11-1) came out of the gates with quickness and flash, netting its first goal just 5:43 in, when Geno Parrish sent home a power-play goal. Parrish, on the assist from Matt Elich, scored from just inside the blue line, sending the puck to the left top shelf. Captain Mark Turner scored the games second goal, when on a 360-degree turn around, Turner took advantage of a breakaway to give Greensboro a 2-0 lead, on an assist from Dave LoPresti and Alex Andreyev.
Second period scoring began in the same fashion for Greensboro, when Mark Turner scored the second power-play conversion of the contest, when he sent a laser shot past the glove of Express netminder David Belitski, putting the Generals up 3-0.
With the pressure building, the Express (17-12-1) penetrated the offensive zones of Greensboro for 20 shots on goal in the third period. It was here that Roanoke’s Blair Stayzer ended Generals netminder Daniel Berthiaume’s bid for a shutout at the 8:38 mark. Just under one minute later, Roanoke would again strike, as Joe Dusbabek took advantage of a two-on-one breakaway to cut the Generals lead to 3-2. After Roanoke removed Belitski from goal, giving them a 6-on-5 advantage in the offensive attack, Shawn Limpright scored with 16 seconds from the left side of the crease, sending it to an overtime period.
In the overtime frame, Greensboro managed to get its own two-on-one advantage as Mark Turner fed Matt Elich for the game-winner. Berthiaume finished the game by stopping 52 shots on goal. Elich, along with netting the game winner, also recorded two assists.
"I was impressed with the energy level that we supplied early on in the game. It was very, very important, especially with being at home. Our speed tonight was energetic, and I was happy with that aspect of our game. I thought that the (Erik Wendell, Joel Irwin, and Matt Chandler) line were very important, and most of all they were a big factor in the game," Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono said of the Generals performance tonight.
The Generals now go on the road against Charlotte for final remaining game of the month of December. Greensboro will return home to face off against the Florence Pride on Friday, January 2nd at the Greensboro Coliseum
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