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Issue #8 - Week Ending: December 2, 2001
The Generals have a hectic week ahead of them, playing four games in a span of five days. The week starts on Wednesday at 7:00, with the Generals hosting the Columbia Inferno at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Generals have beaten the Inferno twice on the road by identical 3-2 shootout scores this season. Greensboro then makes their first trip of the season to Trenton to battle the Titans on Friday night at 7:35. The Generals come straight home from that game to play Saturday night at 7:30 against the Pee Dee Pride. Saturday's game marks the return of former General Joel Irwin, who is among the league's leading goalscorers. The Generals also have their first Sunday home game of the season, entertaining the Augusta Lynx for a 3:00 start. These two teams haven't played since a 4-2 Augusta win on opening night. All games this week can be heard on Radio Disney, WCOG-1320AM. Sunday's game will also be aired on WTOB-1380AM.
11/30 COLUMBUS 3, GREENSBORO 5 - The Generals used a balanced attack to finally win their first home game of the season. Trailing 1-0 entering the second period, Greensboro's Chris Bell changed things quickly, tying the score just 25 seconds into the period. The Generals took the lead midway through the second period on Casey Kesselring's first goal of the season, and the 2-1 advantage held up until the third period. The Cottonmouths tied the game early in the final period, but the Generals went ahead to stay with Andrei Lupandin scoring in his first game as a General. Vlad Serov added a valuable insurance goal with under five minutes left. Columbus scored with just over a minute left, but Brian Loney secured the victory by scoring an empty net goal. Goaltender Frederic Henry, also playing his first game as a General, made 25 saves in earning the victory. Kesselring's goal and two assists led the way, with Chris Bell adding a goal and an assist, and Sal Manganaro chipping in two assists.
11/1 RICHMOND 4, GREENSBORO 2 - The Generals bolted out to a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game, with Andrei Lupandin and Brian Loney scoring goals just 35 seconds apart. However, it would be all the offense they would get. The Renegades got on the board less than a minute after Greensboro went ahead 2-0, then scored twice in the second period to take the lead for good. The Generals put 40 shots on goal in the game, but Richmond goaltender Rastislav Stana was extremely sharp after the opening minutes, preserving the victory for the Renegades.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY APPEARANCES:
"Generals University" is in session every day this week, all at different schools. "Generals University" will make trips to Moorehead Elementary School in Greensboro on Monday morning, Bluford Elementary on Tuesday, Montlieu Math & Science in High Point on Wednesday, Ephesus Jr. Academy in Winston-Salem on Thursday, and Walkertown Elementary School on Friday. "Generals University" has been designed by the Generals to teach children in third and fourth grade about diversity in sports. There are already almost 50 "Generals University" appearances scheduled during the season, all of which are in conjunction with 1320 AM Radio Disney's "Diggin' the Differences" program.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
PLAYER: Casey Kesselring - Casey had a breakout game for the Generals on Friday, scoring his first goal of the season and adding two assists. He finished the week with three points and a +1 rating.
GOALIE: Frederic Henry - Frederic was a winner in his Generals debut on Friday, saving 25 of 28 shots in a 5-3 triumph over Columbus.