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Generals grab rare home victory, in OT
Generals 4, Whoopee 3
Special to the News & Record
Greensboro Daily News – February 18, 2002

GREENSBORO - Bolstered by a boisterous Boy Scout crowd, the Generals did what they are supposed to do: win at home.

After two straight road losses on Friday and Saturday night, the Generals used the home ice advantage to beat the Macon Whoopee 4-3 in overtime. It was only their seventh win at home this season.

"That's probably the best game of the season we have seen in this building," said Generals coach Graeme Townshend. "Everyone played well."

Chris Bell scored the game winner for the Generals (18-27-6) when he stuck back the rebound from a Rob Sandrock shot with 3:23 to play in the overtime.

"I just went to the net and it popped out," Bell said. "It just sat right there in the crease and I squeezed it through."

Townshend said they talked before the game about following shots because the Whoopee goalie, Chris Madden is very strong.

"Three goals were rebounds and driving to the net," Townshend said. "He (Madden) didn't get a good look at many second shots."

The Generals got the win in overtime, but had a chance to put the game away sooner. They took a 3-1 lead in the third period after scoring three goals in a six-minute span.

The first goal was scored by Sal Manganaro on a centering pass by Bell and tied the game at 1-1 with 12:44 to play in the third period. Andrei Lupandin scored off a rebound from Chris Brassard less than a minute later to send the Generals in front 2-1.

Craig Stahl scored on another rebound with 7:19 to play and suddenly the Generals had a 3-1 lead.

But the Whoopee scored two unanswered goals in the final five minutes of regulation to knot it up and send it to the extra session.

"To their credit they didn't pack it in," said Macon coach Gord Dineen. "(Generals goalie Frederic) Henry has played two great games against us and we finally figured him out some tonight."

Dineen said that his team needs to understand that when they play the Generals, they are playing a team that needs every win it can get.

"It was more of a matter of us staying focused for the entire game," Dineen said. "They are battling for their playoff lives and we need to understand how desperate a situation they are in."

It was similar to the last time the teams met when Greensboro had a 4-1 lead and squeaked out a 4-3 win.

"I think mentally we thought the game was over," Townshend said. "They had one more gear and just outworked us."

Townshend said he has only one philosophy for choosing players for overtime.

"Speed, speed, and speed," said Townshend. "I like the guys that can fly."

Townshend said that is why he had players like Vlad Serov, David Whitworth, Sandrock and Bell on the ice.

"Bell is really that fast, but he creates things," Townshend said. "Him and VIad (Serov) work very well together."

NOTES: The game marked the return of Serov to the team after spending two weeks with the Ukrainian national team in the Olympics. ... After going 0 for 5 in power plays, the Generals have not scored a power-play goal in their last 22 chances.

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