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Fatigued Generals close year with loss to Checkers Checkers 6, Generals 2
Greensboro News & Record - April 1, 2002
WINSTON-SALEM - One thing you can say about the Greensboro Generals: By the time the season ended, they had given just about all they had.
Three games in three days, sandwiched around two all-night bus trips, closed the season for the East Coast Hockey League team. The finale on Sunday was a 6-2 loss to the Charlotte Checkers at the Joel Coliseum Annex.
All three games were contested with just 11 or 12 healthy skaters on the ice, and travel delays Saturday night meant that the team bus did not pull into Winston-Salem until 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning.
The Generals' fatigue showed early, as Charlotte took a 3-0 lead after one period, but Greensboro came storming back.
Chris Bell scored his 17th goal of the year just 2:12 into the second period, a wrist shot off passes from Jeff Zehr and Jeff Bes, to make it 3-1, then Bes scored on a one-timer set up by Bell 1:50 later to make it 3-2.
Greensboro's momentum, though, didn't even last another minute, as Vince Malts scored at 5:01 and again at 7:27 to make the score 5-2 and put the game out of reach.
There were some bright spots for Greensboro. Bes' assist on Bell's goal was his ,59th on the year, which is second in the ECHL. And Mike Johnson, the rookie goalkeeper who made his professional debut Saturday night, stopped 16 of 17 shots in relief.
ALL-ECHL: The East Coast Hockey League announced the 2001-02 All-ECHL teams as determined in a vote of coaches.
The All-ECHL first team includes: goalie Frederick Cloutier, Louisiana; defenseman Duncan Dalmao, Roanoke; defenseman Bill McCauley, Dayton; left wing Brandon Dietrich, Charlotte; center Louis Dumont, Pensacola; right wing Rick Kowaisky, Roanoke and Steffon Walby, Mississippi.
Second team All-ECHL includes: goalie Dan Murphy, Trenton; defenseman Justin Harney, Charlotte; defenseman Simon Tremblay, Greenville; left wing Dave Duerden, Charlotte; center Dave Seitz, South Carolina, right wing Greg Pankewicz, Pensacola.