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ISSUE # 23
WEEK ENDING: March 17, 2002
RECORD FOR WEEK: 2-3-0
SEASON RECORD: 21-37-8
NORTHEAST DIV. RANK: 7TH
The Generals have their lightest week of hockey in well over a month, with only two road games scheduled. They visit the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday night at 7:30 for the only meeting all season between the two clubs. On Saturday at 7:35, the Generals travel to Richmond to battle the Renegades for the sixth and final game of the season series. Greensboro has not fared well against the Renegades this season, posting a 0-4-1 record in the previous five contests. All games can be heard on Radio Disney, WCOG-1320AM. You can also now hear the games online by logging on to www.greensborogenerals.com.
3/12 GREENSBORO 4, SOUTH CAROLINA 7 - After falling behind 1-0 early in the game, the Generals reeled off three straight goals from Jeff Bes, Andrei Lupandin, and James Desmarais to take a 3-1 lead in the second period. But just when things seemed to be well in hand, the wheels came off defensively. The Generals allowed six second period goals to the Stingrays, and the Generals were never able to recover.
3/13 GREENSBORO 2, CHARLOTTE 7 - First period goals from Jeff Bes and Jeff Zehr kept the Generals close early on, but the Checkers put the game away with three goals in the final period.
3/15 GREENVILLE 2, GREENSBORO 5 - Just six days after dropping a 5-2 decision to the Grrrowl, the Generals turned the tables on them, snapping an eight game winless streak in the process. Spotting the Grrrowl a 1-0 lead, the Generals got goals from Jeff Zehr and Andrei Lupandin late in the first period for a 2-1 edge. Greensboro moved their lead to 3-1 with a James Desmarais second period tally. Greenville made the game close with six minutes left in the game, making the score 3-2. But the Generals would not be denied this one, as they took advantage of a five minute power play in the final five minutes of the game, notching goals from Jeff Bes and Dmitri Markovsky with less than two minutes remaining to seal the victory.
3/16 PEE DEE 5, GREENSBORO 2 - The Generals netted goals from Jeff Zehr in the first period and Alex Matviychuk in the second period, but the Pride notched two insurance goals in the third period to seal Greensboro’s fate.
3/17 GREENSBORO 3, READING 2 - The story of this game was Generals goaltender John Chain. Chain saved 44 Royals shots en route to his first victory as a General. Chain was at his best in the third period, saving all 20 shots he faced. On the offensive side, the Generals erased a 2-0 deficit late in the second period for the victory. Andrei Lupandin got the Generals on the board with a power play goal, then Chris Bell tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period. Jeff Zehr made the comeback complete when he redirected a Jeff Zehr pass into the net midway through the final frame.
"Generals University" will be at Ibraham Elementary School in Winston-Salem on Tuesday and Friday, and Kirkman Elementary School in High Point on Wednesday. "Generals University" has been designed by the Generals to teach children in third and fourth grade about diversity in sports. There are now over 80 "Generals University" appearances scheduled during the season to more than 300 different classrooms, which should reach over 7,000 children in the Piedmont. "Generals University" is done in conjunction with 1320 AM Radio Disney’s "Diggin’ the Differences" program.
The Generals coaches show The Front Line will air live from Parmesans’ Great Italian Buffet at the corner of Pisgah Church Rd. and North Elm St. in Greensboro this Monday from 6:00 - 7:00. With both interim head coach Alex Godynyuk and assistant coach Sal Manganaro unavailable, broadcaster Arley Johnson will be joined by Generals’ forward Dennis Maxwell and goaltender and color analyst-in-training Bujar Amidovski. Everyone is encouraged join in on the fun.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE:
PLAYER: Jeff Bes - Bes had a huge week, netting three goals and adding six assists for nine points in five games. His goals were the first three goals he’s scored in a Generals uniform. Bes is also currently riding a seven game point scoring streak (3g, 8a), tied for the team season high.