2003 - 2004
November 6, 2003
ECHL Game # 115
Home Game # 5
Referee: Nygel Pelletier
Linesmen: Paul Carnathan, Todd Owen
National Anthem: Sherri Vestal
MOST RECENT GAMES
Generals 4, Bullies 3
GREENSBORO, NC - The last time the Greensboro Generals saw the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (6-1-0) was the 2003 ECHL playoffs. Greensboro avenged a 2002-03 season ending loss with a 4-3 victory off the stick of Captain Mark Turner, sending the Bullies to their first loss of the year.
The game-winning goal came at the 17:13 mark of the third period, just after a line change, as Mark Turner sent home a backhanded rebound as Greensboro moves to 4-2-0 on the season.
"Mike Bayrack was just battling against the wall, and there was a line change, and I simply jumped on it. Sam Ftorek ended up with the puck, chipped it through, and I immediately went to the net. I just shot it and nobody went for the rebound, I jumped on it quickly and came around the back of the net and backhanded it in," Turner said of his game-winner. "You can't score goals unless you put the puck on net."
Greensboro started the game out with a burst, taking advantage of a short-handed situation, as Matt Turek sent the Generals to a 1-0 lead at the 2:17 mark. The Generals would wait just over one minute to score their second, converting a power play, as Eric Fortier sent home his fifth goal, and second power play conversion, in the last three games. Atlantic City retaliated with a laser shot past netminder Daniel Berthiaume, as Stefan Rivard notched his first goal of the season, making the score 2-1 heading into the second.
"The guys showed a lot of desire in the early going because we knew that we were in our own building here, and we have to set the tone. I just told them that we have to be physical, because you have to be physical in your own building and let other teams know that you mean business. If you don't people are going to come in here and think it is a piece of cake coming into Greensboro, and it is not going to be that way, and we are not going to let it be that way," Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono noted of his team's performance against the Bullies.
Atlantic City scored the only goals of the second period, the first coming off a power-play conversion by Jon Culien, sending another laser shot past Berthiaume. With just 3:11 remaining in the frame, the Bullies would take their first lead of the game, as Dave Reid scored his first goal of the season, making the score 3-2 at the end of two periods.
The veteran leadership of Greensboro began to take over in the third period, as defensemen Geno Parrish tied the game at 3-3 on a breakaway goal just 1:53 into the period. Parrish's defensive play, along with the goaltending of Berthiaume who stopped 25 shots in the game, helped Greensboro to earn the victory with 2:47 remaining.
Express 6, Generals 4
ROANOKE, VA - Tim O'Connell scored a pair of goals and added an assist to help the Roanoke Express beat the Greensboro Generals, 6-4. O'Connell opened the scoring just 1:25 after the initial faceoff and netted a power-play goal 6:26 later to double Roanoke's lead. Duncan Dalmao and Dan Carney each scored a power-play goal and recorded two assists for the Express, who converted four limes with the man advantage. David Beitski made 33 saves, including 24 over the first two stanzas, for the win. Sam Ftorek potted a pair of goals for the Generals, who lost their first road game of the season. Daniel Berthiaume allowed four goals on 19 shots before giving way to Marlin Kresac, who stopped 14 shots but suffered the loss.
Rick Adduono on the play of the team so far season: "In the early going, on defense, Kurt Drummond and Geno Parrish have done everything that we wanted. The defensive youngster Tom Reimann baa given us a good offensive ability. But we still want more out of everybody. (Kevin) Grimes has also given us some good stability in the zones. (Alex) Andreyev, every night, goes to war and wants to fight anybody if it comes down to that, but he plays better defense. Overall our defense has played very solid.
Berthiaume has done the job in-goal, and he is only going to get better.
Up front, probably the biggest surprise to everyone has been Bryson Busniuk. Again, it is only four games into the season, so we need for him to get better and stay at any type of plateau. Eric For-tier, with what he has done (a hat trick against Texas, followed up by a goal against Columbia, giving him four goals on the season), puts Fortier and Busniuk right there together. That has given us two young players that have really stepped up to the plate for us at very early stages of the season.
Other than that I would say all the veterans that have played here last year have done a good job of improving as well."
"Repeat Performers": For the first time this season the Generals will face an opponent in the Greenville Grrrowl on Thursday, November 6th. The first meeting between the two, in Greenville, took place on October 25th. In the first meeting, Greensboro got offensive with a 5-2 victory. The game featured Kurtis Drummond and Bryson Busniuk who 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 scote 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.
"Expanding the horizons": Greensboro will face their second "expansion" opponent in the Gwinnett Gladiators on Saturday, November 8th~ The Gladiators joined the ECHL when expansion took place this past summer. An NJ-IL Affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers, the Gladiators were formerly known as the Mobile Mysticks from 1995-2002.
Head Coach Jeff Pyle and Generals Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono also have a link in the past. In 2001, when Adduono was the Head Coach of the South Carolina Stingrays, Pyle's Mobile Mysticks fell in a double overtime loss to the Adduono led Stingrays. In those same playoffs, Adduono would go on to capture the Kelly Cup Championship.
"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.