2003 - 2004
November 8, 2003
ECHL Game # 133
Home Game # 6
Referee: Chris Brown
Linesmen: Jason Finley, John O'Brien
National Anthem: Cast of "Wizard of Oz"
MOST RECENT GAMES
Generals 4, Grrrowl 2
GREENSBORO-The Greensboro Generals earned their second straight home victory of the season, by defeating the Greenville Grrrowl 4-2 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Greensboro (5-3-0) scored two goals off power-play conversions, and added another off an empty net conversion after the Grrowl (1-5-0) pulled their goal in favor of adding an extra player on the ice.
Greenville opened the game scoring the only goal of the first period at the 9:52 mark, when Rae Metz helped the Grrrowl to take advantage of the first of nine Generals power-play opportunities.
In the second, the Generals Tom Reimann sent a top shelf shot over the left shoulder of netminder Michel Robinson, tying the game a 1-1 just 5:51 into the frame. Greensboro then got a lift from newcomer Matt Elich, who scored his first goal in a Greensboro uniform, giving the Generals a 2-1 advantage heading into the third period.
The third period began in similar fashion to that of the second, as Tom Reimann scored his second goal of the game, catching a feed from teammates Matt Turek and Mike Bayrack, giving Greensboro a 3-1 lead just over two minutes in. The Grrrowl would respond later in the period when Michael Henderson scored the second power-play conversion for Greenville, cutting the deficit to 3-2 at the 15:07 mark. The Generals would rely on the stick of a proven veteran, Sam Ftorek, who gave Greensboro a key insurance goal with just 12 seconds remaining in the game, sending home an empty netter, and making the final 4-2.
Greensboro once again got strong defensive play from netminder Daniel Berthiaume, who made 28 saves, as well as Mike Bayrack, Geno Parrish, Alex Andreyev, and Kurt Drummond making key contributions.
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 Cullen, 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.
Hanes Water Bottle Night: The first 1,000 fans through the turnstiles at the Greensboro Coliseum will receive a free Greensboro Generals waterbottle courtesy of Hanes and Hanes Her Way. Hanes and Hanes Her Way are the proud sponsors Generals hockey.
UP AHEAD: Greensboro will take to the road for its second game at the Bi-Lo Center, where they face the Greenville Grrrowl on November 14th,, On November 15th when the Generals return to the Greensboro Coliseum, fans will be treated to an induction into the Greensboro Generals Hall of Fame, prior to the game against the Columbia Inferno. Game time is set for 7:30 on November 15, and induction festivities beginning prior to the game.
"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 NHL 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.