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The Headline In The ESP Article Was Not Written By D.K. Williams and does not reflect the tone ofhis article. In respect to DK, I have removed it. - Don Moore
ESP Magazine - November 7, 2001
The Generals went 1-2 last week and stand 3-5 on the young season. The week started out well, but ended poorly for Greensboro.
The Generals beat the Reading Royals 6-5 in a shootout in Pennsylvania on Halloween.
Generals goalie Bujar Amidovski stopped a whopping 62 shots on the evening.
"He definitely swallowed up any chances of a rebound tonight," Generals coach Graeme Townshend said. "He is a good goaltender. Bujar played a spectacular game. I look at the save percentage (not goals allowed). He (stops) well over 90 (percent of the shots he faces), which is exactly what you want from your goalie."
The Generals failed to win two in a row, as they fell to the Columbus Cottonmouths, 3-2, on Friday night in Georgia.
On Saturday, the Charlotte Checkers crowned the Generals 4-1 in the opening night of the Gens home-away-from-home, Winston-Salem's LJVM Annex.
'We just came out slow," Greensboro captain Jason Robinson said. "There was just no 'jump.' We seemed to build momentum as we went along, but there wasn't enough jump there off the hop. There just wasn't any heart tonight."
Amidovski (2-2) had another excellent night in goal. He turned away 37 shOts. But for Bujar, the Generals would have been blown out.
Attendance was announced at 2,555. (There was an additional sentence added that was not written by D.K. Williams, I have removed it - Don Moore.)
GRAEME AND TROY TALK
Coach Graeme Townshend was serving the second game of his three-game suspension in Reading. Troy Ward, the Senior Vice President of League Operations, and the man who levied the suspensions, was also in town.
"We had a very good conversation," Townshend said. "We smoothed things over, and things are really, really good now."
"(Troy Ward) explained his opinion to me, and I explained myself to him, and we see eye-to-eye. It was great. I'm glad he showed the class to come out and talk to us tonight, and talk to the guys after the game."
"I'm just really happy that the league took that step to sort of clear the air about what was decided last week. He said what he had to say about the officiating. They are out here to learn just like we are. They are going to make mistakes, we are going to make mistakes. We are just going to have to cool our emotions, that's what is going to get us in trouble."
IN THE ANNEX
Current Checker Andrew Taylor, who played 19 games for the Generals last year, liked the Annex. "It's smaller, but I thought the atmosphere was better than back in the big arena. It's a lot smaller, and you can hear people."
In a design quirk (perhaps "mistake" is a better word), the goal line is approximately an extra two-feet away from the boards. "It's tougher to forecheck, but on the other hand it is better on the power play. You have a little more time down low."
MacAdam added, "The site lines seem to be great for the fans. The fans can get into the game here real easy. I remember Winston-Salem being a pretty good hockey town. It would be neat if we could get it revived again."
OUT OF THE PAST
Taylor refused to bad-mouth every Generals fan's favorite whipping boy, former head coach Jeff Brubaker. "(My time in Greensboro) was pretty good. Things just didn't work out with Brubaker and me. It was just one of those things. He moved me and it worked out for the best."
"I knew it and he knew it, it just wasn't the right fit for me. I wasn't producing the way I should have been. He did what he had to do, and I'm happy he did it."
The Generals play three in a row starting on Thursday, when they take on the league-leading Trenton Titans (9-2) in Greensboro in a 7:00 start.
Friday, the team travels to South Carolina to take on the Columbia Inferno (5-6-1), before returning to Greensboro Saturday to play the Roanoke Express (7-2-1).