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Gens avenge Loss to Titans
D. K. Williams
ESP Magazine - January 23, 2002
The Greensboro Generals went 1-2 on the road last week.
The Generals beat one of the best teams in the East Coast Hockey League Saturday night in Trenton, downing the first-place Titans 5-4 in a shootout. The win avenged a loss to the Titans one night earlier.
In the victory, Generals center Chris Bell scored with just 54 seconds remaining in the game to tie it up at 4-4 and send the game to overtime. All-time leading Generals' scorer Sal Manganaro scored the game-winner in a shootout.
Unfortunately, the other two games were not close and Greensboro was on the wrong end of the score.
On Wednesday, January 16, the Gens started the week with a 10-3 loss in Reading, Pennsylvania. The score tells you all you need to know about that game.
"Everyone will check the scoreboard to make sure there wasn't a mistake, that's for sure," Reading Royals' coach Al Sims said. "A lot of breaks went our way tonight and it's nice to get them, and I think we took advantage." They certainly did.
On Friday, the goals continued to pile up against Greensboro as they fell to the Titans 5-1 in Trenton.
According to a game report in the Trenton newspaper, "Jason Genik (goaltender), one game after allowing 10 goals to the Reading Royals, was again stellar in goal against the Titans, having allowed them only two goals on Sunday (in Winston-Salem during a 2-1 Titans victory.)"
According to Adam Davis in Greenville (S.C.) Online, The Professional Hockey Players Association announced that the insurance company B.F. Lorenzetti has extended benefits for players through Jan. 31, to allow for negotiations between the PHPA and the league. The previous policy was to run out Jan. 15, and the players are worried about benefit cuts, due to rising premium costs.
Earlier in the month, several teams engaged in a one-day work stoppage to protest the potential loss in benefits.
Generals defensemen Andre Lupandin, the team's All-Star representative, has been loaned to the American Hockey League Cleveland Barons. He scored Cleveland's first goal on January 18 against the Manchester Monarchs.
The Trenton newspaper's hockey beat writer, Mark Simon, also reported that "there was a serious incident near the end of the third period (of the Friday game) between Titans defenseman Kam White and Generals forward David Whitworth, a former Titan. Whitworth was whistled for a five-minute major and game-misconduct for charging, catching White with an elbow to the head while the two were along the boards. The two then had what was described by ECHL director of officiating Bryan Graham as an 'altercation' in the hallway between the two locker rooms."
The ECHL All-Star game is Thesday, January 22, in Trenton.
On Friday, January 25, Greensboro (14-23-4) returns to the ice in Wheeling, West Virginia to take on coach John Brophy's Nailers (23-18-1). The Generals return for a home game in Winston-Salem Saturday where they host the Toledo Storm (17-18-3) in a 7:30 start at the LJVM Coliseum.