2003 - 2004
December 27, 2003
ECHL Game # 433
Home Game # 18
Referee: Ryan Fraser
Linesmen: Scott Pomento, Jeff Nygaard
National Anthem: Sherri Vestal
LAST YEAR VS. THIS YEAR
With teams constantly having comparisons placed on the progress that they have made over a season, a set of seasons, or players and the ways in which they are improving over a particular span, the same can be said of the 2003-04 version of the Greensboro Generals. Comparing the 2003-04 version of the Generals, to that of last year, the following will analyze the various facets of the similarities that are between this season and last.
The major x-factor that should be included in this argument for Greensboro is the consistency that Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono brings to the bench. Last year, Adduono led the Generals to a dramatic turnaround after the team had struggled through three last-place seasons. In his first behind the bench for the Generals, Adduono piloted the team to a 42-21-9 record and the second round of the ECHL playoffs.
In a season-long battle with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies last season, Greensboro again is in the midst of a battle with Florida Everblades. In 2002-03 the Generals were riding high with a five-game winning streak that dosed out the month of November, and extending into December, followed by another five-game span of wins that was from December 12th to December 21st. Closing out the first three months of the season, heading into the new year, in such dramatic fashion was one of the key reasons Greensboro remained in the fight for a divisional championship.
Goaltenders Jamie Hodson and Daniel Berthiaume were also both in net at the time for Greensboro, where they provided a strong defensive front for the Generals that teams continue to find tough to penetrate. Hodson, who currently rejoined the team, stood at 6-2-2 by December 21's of last season, while Berthiaume was 13-4-2. In 2003-04, Generals netminders Daniel Berthiaume and Jamie Hodson are the backbones of an Generals defense that is coming into its own as of late. In Berthiaume, Greensboro has the ECHL league leader in wins (15) and minutes (1,417); while "Bert" ranks second behind Pensacola's Brian Eldund (772 saves) where he has amassed 713 stops. With Hodson, who has played in five games tiaus4ar, he ranks first in the ECHL in save percentage (.956) where he has made 172 saves, allowing just eight goals.
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.