2003 - 2004
January 2, 2004
ECHL Game # 476
Home Game # 19
Referee: Patrick Britt
Linesmen: Mark Hamlett, Thomas Steen
National Anthem: Sherri Vestal (a 12 year girl actually did the National Anthem)
EARLIER THIS WEEK
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Scott Meyer made 36 saves as the Charlotte Checkers blanked the Greensboro Generals, 3-0. Meyer made double-digit saves in each period en route to his fourth career shutout. Mike Hartman, Blaz Emersic and Dusty Jamison all scored in the second period for Charlotte, which improved to 9-3-1 in December. Daniel Berthiaume registered 28 saves for Greensboro, which was shut out for only the second time this season.
UPCOMING THIS WEEKEND
The Generals take to the road this weekend where they faceoff against the Greenville Grrrowl (Saturday), followed by a Sunday contest with the Roanoke Express. With those fans that have been out of town for the holidays, here is a recap of defeating Roanoke twice within the last week, and falling short of Greenville:
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. 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. 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.
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.
GREENSBORO - On just the fourth occasion all season the Greensboro Generals managed just one goal, as they fell to the Greenville Grrrowl 3-1 at the Greensboro Coliseum with Berthiaume pulled to give Greensboro an extra man on the ice, combined with a Grrrowl penalty, Center Eric Fortier sent home his team-high 15th goal of the season, in a scramble in front of the net. Greenville would retaliate with a empty net goal, closing out scoring, as Chris Lynch scored with six seconds remaining to make the final 3-1 in favor of the Grrrowl.
IN THE BARRACKS
With just one game remaining in the month of December, the Generals stand at 5-5-1, marking the first time since February 2003 that the team was .500 for a month. In February, the Generals went 5-5-2 for the month, however helped set the tone for the month of March when they kick started themselves with a seven game winning streak. The best month thus far in the season has been November, where Greensboro was 9-4-0, marked by two four-game winning streaks.
Following the month of November that was witness to the Generals netting 51 total goals, 19 which came in the second period, Greensboro found its scoring niche in the third period this month, where the Generals have notched 14 goals in the game's final frame.
Scoring the most goals for the Generals for the month, beating out Mark Turner in December, is Mike Bayrack. In December "Racker" is second on the team with 12 points, six of which came on his goals, where he has converted two power-play goals.
Rising to the occasion when his team needs him the most is exactly the qualities that any leader possesses. In Greensboro, Captain Mark Turner has proven to be the cornerstone of the team, leading the way for December, with 13 points and a +/- of 6. Scoring five goals, most recently netting two in a crucial win over the inter-divisional rival Roanoke Express to keep the Generals within three points of new divisional leader Columbia.
All-Star selection Tom Reimann (2g, 9a) is tied with Matt Elich (3g, 8a) with 11 points on the team for the month. With Geno Parrish and Kurt Drummond leading the way as defensemen for the Generals, Reimann has continued to improve his defense, which will prove large down the stretch for Greensboro.
Protecting the net for the Generals, and logging the most minutes on the ice at his position, is Daniel Berthiaume. Berthiaume recorded 242 saves, stopping 91.3% of the shots on goal, and along with Jamie Hodson has proved to be one of the best goaltender tandems in the ECHL. As for Hodson, who played in four games for the month, with a record of 2-2-0 he has made 172 saves (95.6%).
"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.