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By D.K. Williams
October 20, 2001

It got ugly.

After Greensboro beat the Reading Royals Friday night in Pennsylvania 1-0, the Royals extracted revenge Saturday night in North Carolina.

The Royals outplayed the Generals all night in a 5-2 victory for the expansion team.


"[The problem] is really hard to pinpoint," coach Graeme Townshend said of his team’s performance. "I see a team that seems to lack confidence at times and it comes back to bite us when we allow that lack of confidence to take over.

"I really don’t know how to explain it. We have a lot of work to do.

"What is costing us right now is our inability to simplify the game. Guys are taught not to chip the puck into the middle of our zone. When there is a loose puck, it is supposed to go into the corner. Never throw the puck out blindly in the offensive zone. Both of those [things] cost us goals tonight.

"We [hung] on to the puck a little too long. We need to move the puck quickly. We have a three second rule [Don’t hold on to the puck for more than three seconds. You must either shoot or pass within three seconds.] We are far exceeding that three second rule when we get the puck.

"We are instructed that if there is not a safe play, the puck goes off the glass every time. It doesn’t happen.

"We turn the puck over at our blue line. I think we gave up four breakaways tonight and two of them ended up in the net, maybe three.

"[The mistakes] are all things that we can correct. If we decide we want to do those things. That is the big if.

"I don’t know. I don’t know. I hope that we will decide to correct those things.

"We have to stop playing like individuals and start playing like a team.

"I’m going to do everything I can to correct those things.

"For some reason, we don’t get the puck to the net during the power play. I want my team to shoot the puck. I’m begging them to shoot the puck.

"If they want to do it, they can."

The lack of success on the power play means that the veterans no longer run the offense with a man advantage. Townshend started the season allowing the vets to run the power play. No more.

"They no longer get free reign to run the power play. It will be done the way I want," the coach said. "I every time I put out the so called ‘slugs,’ we generated more opportunities to score than when we had the skill guys out there.

"I like a grinding, hard working team. I don’t really care about finesse goals or pretty goals. I want to see ugly goals. That is how goals are scored in this game.

"The highlight goals are for ESPN and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey. You can’t pick highlight film goals. They don’t happen on a regular basis.

"You pick them over the course of an entire season. The majority of goals that are scored are ugly goals. That is how I want to score them.

"We will find a way to score those type of goals one way or another, with the guys we have here or with other guys.

"We are not going to quit."

The Generals get an entire week to brood over this loss. They play next in Columbia, South Carolina against the Inferno on November 27. The Inferno is coached by former Jeff Brubaker assistant coach Scot White. The Inferno won four of their first five games.

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