Generals Fan
2003 - 2004


Game Day Program Graphic
January 14, 2004
ECHL Game # 564
Home Game # 23
Referee: Patrick Britt
Linesmen: Mark Hamlett, John O'Brien
National Anth: Andrea Dillon


Generals 4, Pride 2
Daniel Berthiaume stopped 32 shots and Malt Elich scored a pair of goals to help the Greensboro Generals double up the Florence Pride, 4-2.

Berthiaume, who has started 12 consecutive games, made 11 saves in the third period to preserve his seventh win in his last 10 starts.

Elich scored 55 seconds into the first period and added his seventh goal at 3:58 of the second to cap the scoring for Greensboro. Mike Bayrack assisted on a goal by Tom Reimann late in the opening period and notched the eventual game-winning goal at 2:01 of the second for the Generals, who have won four of their last five games.

Mark McRae and Jeff Szwez scored back-to-back goals in a 21-second span of the third period for Florence, which has dropped four of its last five games. Malt Underhill surrendered four goals on just 22 shots to suffer the loss for the Pride.


Q: What have been the biggest transitions on the ice that you have been forced to make on both the offensive and defensive ends?
A: The biggest difference that I have found thus far is the size of the players on the ice. In the college ranks they were not as big, and I was able to get away with it by using my skill on the defensive side. Now it is an issue of playing my angles better and take it to the body a lot more.

Q: How have you prepared yourself mentally for a season that is 72-games long, opposed to college which your longest season included 42 games?
A: I really did not prepare myself for the physicality of the game at this level. I did put a lot of thought into it, but my preparation was not the way that it should have in terms of physical readiness. Right now, I am really paying for it with my body being beat up. It is a long season and I just taking in as much energy as I can, save and conserve that energy, eat well, and drink a lot of supplemental drinks.

Q: What is the one thing that Coach Rick Adduono has taught you the most proving to be beneficial both on the locker room and on the ice?
A: The biggest thing that he has relayed to all of us is that you can't take a night off, because with the strength of the league, and our standings everything is really close. If you take a night off you can drop a couple of places and be out of a playoff spot, so that is one thing that he really sticks into our heads.

Q: As the lone representative for the Generals in the ECHL All-Star game, describe how much you are looking forward to that opportunity.
A: I am really excited about the opportunity to represent Greensboro at the game. It is a good opportunity for me to showcase what skills I have, but most important to go there and play well. I also want to show the All-Star comnuttee that there should be more guys from our team in Peoria. It will also give me the chance to play against some of my friends (Jason Notermann, Johnstown; Kevin Spiewak, South Carolina).

Q: Being one of several young up-and-coming players, along with Matt Elich and Eric Fortier, when you are on the line together, give the fans an idea of how you utilize your speed and quickness to penetrate the zones.
A: At the pro level it is an angle's game. If you are off a little bit then a guy can beat you from the outside or inside, and that forces you to have to play your angles well, and that is how you will beat a lot of guys to the puck.