2003 - 2004
January 29, 2004
ECHL Game # 649
Home Game # 25
Referee: Travis Smith
Linesmen: Mark Hamlett, John O'Brien
National Anthem: Michael Griffin
GENERALS WIN FIFTH IN A ROW!!!
GREENSBORO - For the first time all season the Greensboro Generals won their fifth consecutive game, four of which came by way of the road, with a 1-0 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators. The first home shutout of the season, Jamie Hodson stopped 56 shots on goal, to extend his scoreless streak to 147:17, dating back to the second period against the Columbia Inferno.
In a sluggish first periods for both teams, Gwinnett out shot Greensboro 16-12, where each team had two power-play opportunities, however no goals were scored.
A scoreless game throughout the second period, the Generals netminder Jamie Hodson spent a large part of his time on the ice defending the Gladiators 16 shots on goal. Through the first two periods of action, Gwinnett amassed 32 shots on goal, as opposed to 18 for Greensboro. The Generals defense continued its stellar play, stopping both Gladiator power-play opportunities.
In the third, Greensboro (26-17-1) netted the only goal of the game, a stark contrast to the road game at Charlotte when Greensboro scored in the first. Newcomer Derek Crimin found Joel Irwin who came off a screen to give Greensboro the 1-0 advantage just 2:07 into the frame. Gwinnett (23-15-3) was able to penetrate the Generals zone, however Hodson stopped goals on his back, with his glove, and casted them off his foot to keep his scoreless streak intacted.
GENERALS VS. CHECKERS
GENERALS 1, CHECKERS 0
CHARLOTTE - For the third different time this season, the Greensboro Generals have won four consecutive games, and at the same time the team has captured four consecutive road wins all in the same fashion. The feat became reality when a 22-save performance by netminder Jamie Hodson paced the way for a 1-0 victory over the Charlotte Checkers.
An early first period goal, coming just 1:28 into the contest by Mark Turner, proved to be all that Greensboro would need en route to the win. With Turner coming off the Generals bench because of the team penetrating the offensive zone, a hard shot by defenseman Geno Parrish rebounded to Turner who sent the shot from the point into the back of the net for the game's only goal.
Defensive stands by Greensboro, combined with the Checkers attempting 16 shots over the second and third period, helped pave the way for the first shutout of the season. The Generals faced two separate Checker power-play situations in the third period which they managed to stave off with tough defensive play, the most important coming with just under one minute remaining in the game. The Checkers removed netminder David St. Germain in favor of giving themselves an extra skater, when on a break-away Doug Christiansen got a one-on-one opportunity with Hodson, where he was stopped. The Generals defense replied by passing the puck in their own offensive zone to stop the Checkers scoring opportunities.
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