2003 - 2004
October 31, 2003
ECHL Game # 80
Home Game #4
Referee: Terry Koharski
Linesmen: Mark Hamlett, Matt Zaske
National Anthem: Michael Griffith
LAST FOUR GAMES
"No Skeletons in the Closet": Tonight the Greensboro Generals look to heal the wounds of time, as they take on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies. The last time that the Greensboro Generals saw the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies was on April 18th, in the second round of the ECHL playoffs. On that night, Greensboro skated off the ice for the last time after a 3-2 loss, and Atlantic City moved on to capturing the ECHL Kelly Cup championship.
The Generals closed the 2002-03 regular season with a 2-3-1 record against Atlantic City, and the lone tie made all the difference in the divisional standings. On March 5th, when Greensboro traveled to the Boardwalk where they got credit for a tie, despite losing 5-4, and by the completion of the season finished one point shy of the division championship. The two teams then met in the ECHL playoffs with Atlantic City holding the home ice advantage, and managed to capture the playoff series 3-1 over Greensboro.
Generals 6, Wildcatters 5 (OT)
The game played host to a unique double-dip, as Greensboro's Eric Fortier and the Wildcatters Bobby Cunningham each had a hat trick, scoring three goals. This marks the third time that two hat tricks have occurred in an ECI-IL game, dating back to November 2, 2002. On November 2, the Generals Chris Bell and Pete Gardiner each had a hat trick, in an 8-2 defeat of the Charlotte Checkers. The only other game in which two hat tricks were scored came when the Florida Everblades defeated the Peoria Rivermen on January 7th. It also marks the sixth Generals hat trick since November 2nd.
In the opening period, the Wildcatters Bobby Cunningham started the scoring with a goal at the 4:36 mark. The Generals Matt Turek answered by putting a wrister past the outstretched hand of Texas goaltender Davis Parley, knotting the game at 1-1. However, Texas reassumed the lead as Tony Lawrence took advantage of a power play opportunity, making the score 2-1 at the end of the first period.
The Wildcatters continued to build off the momentum, scoring at the 11:16 mark of the second as Cory Morgan sent home his second goal of the season, making the score 3-1. In the dosing minute of the period, Greensboro's Eric Fortier would answer with a shot of his own, when on an assist from Sam Ftorek and Geno Parrish, cut the deficit to 3-2 with his first goal of the game.
Fortier would continue his remarkable play in the third, when he scored his second goal of the game, using his shooting past Parley to tie the game at 3-3. Just over thirty seconds later, Mike Bayrack out pursued the Texas defensemen to score the second Greensboro goal of the period, giving the Generals their first lead of the game. Mart Turek pushed the Generals lead to 5-3 as he netted his second goal of the game, sending the 2,239 fans in attendance to their feet. With just over one minute remaining in the third, Texas' Bobby Cunningham scored two power-play goals and sent the game to overtime tied at 5-5.
In the overtime Greensboro needed just one shot of their 64 total shots on goal, to go home victorious. Eric Fortier sent home his third goal at the 1:39 mark.
Generals 4, Inferno 2
Generals Captain Mark Turner scored his first goal of the season, tying the game just 4:40 into the third. Joel Irwin would follow Turner's lead, sending a shot past Inferno netminder Rob McVicar and giving Greensboro its first lead of game with just under 11 minutes remaining. The Eric Fortier who scored his fourth goal in two games and iced the game by converting the Generals second power-play with 1:28 remaining in the game.
A slow offensive start for Greensboro, the Generals allowed Columbia's Jesse Schutz to net his third goal of the season on a power-play. The Inferno would score their second goal of the game when Terry Harrison sent the puck past Daniel Berthiaume, taking a 2-0 advantage into the second.
In the second, the Generals Bryson Busniuk converted a Columbia power-play opportunity, cutting the deficit to 2-1, at the 11:30 mark. Assisting for Greensboro was Mike Bayrack and Kurt Drummond.
Generals 5, Grrrowl 2
Kurtis Drummond and Bryson Busniuk each scored a pair of goals to help the Greensboro Generals defeat the Greenville Grrrowl, 5-2. Drummond scored at 3:18 of the first period to even the score at 1-1 and added a go-ahead goal just over five minutes later. Busniuk buried the eventual game-winner midway through the first period and notched his fourth goal of the season midway through the second. Mark Turner and Eric Fortier each produced a pair of assists and Mike Bayrack finished with two points, including his second goal of the season for Greensboro, which has won three in a row. Daniel Berthiaume stopped 25 of 27 shots to earn the win, his third in four starts. Han Sung Kim and Luke Earl each scored for Greenville, which has dropped three straight to start the season. Scott Kabotoff surrendered five goals on 35 shots to take the loss.
Titans 4, Generals 1
For the second time in three games the Greensboro Generals (3-2-0) lost on their home ice, falling short of Trenton Titans 4-1 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Last season the Generals did not lose their second home game until November 21, 2002, when they took on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies.
The Titans (2-3-0) scored two goals in the opening period, the first coming off a laser shot from Devin Rask, taking a 1-0 lead at the 5:57 mark. Trenton would strike with a second goal, when with just over a minute remaining in the period, Matt Zultek sent a shot past Generals netminder Daniel Berthiaume, giving the Titans a 2-0 heading into the locker rooms.
In the second, Greensboro's Eric Fortier scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season, and third in as many games to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Fortier goal marked the only power-play conversion for either team in the game, with both teams having five opportunities. Trenton would retaliate with a goal of their own, as Bryce Coble provided the Titans with a two-goal cushion, making the lead 3-1 at the 11:42 mark of the second.
Trenton scored the lone goal of the third period, when Matt Zultek registered his second of the game at the 11:25 mark, to make the final score 4-1. The Titans were led by the defensive effort of goalie Andrew Allen who stopped 31 Generals shots on goal. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Generals, as well as a three-game home winning streak over the Titans.
"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 beginning October 13. 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 Umlauf 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.