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Generals finally win at home Generals 4, Inferno 2
BY KEITH TOLBERT
Special to the News & Record
GREENSBORO - Christmas came early for the Greensboro Generals when their booster club held a holiday party for them this week. They gave a gift back to the fans Wednesday night by winning their first game of the season at the Greensboro Coliseum, a 4-2 victory over the Columbia Inferno.
Prior to Wednesday's game, the Generals were 0-6 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
"We played well for three periods," said Generals coach Graeme Townshend, whose team improved to 7-11-2. "We got better and better as the game went on."
The beginning of the game looked like all the other home losses the Generals have suffered. The fans had barely set-fled into their seats before the Inferno scored for a 1-0 lead.
A well-executed power play got the Generals on the board early in the second period. Rob Sandrock sent a pass to Brian Loney near the left circle, who gathered the puck and waited for Andrei Luapandin to skate in from the right side. Loney fed Luapandin and he stuck it in the net to tie the score at 1-1.
The Inferno regained the lead a couple of minutes later on a goal by offensive leader Joel Trottier. Despite the lead, Columbia coach Scott White felt his team was in trouble.
"I was still concerned because (the Generals) were moving their feet better than us," White said.
The Generals got back into the game on the crisp passing of Sandrock and David Whitworth. Whitworth picked up a loose puck near center ice and passed to Sandrock, who fed the puck back to Whitworth for his first goal of the season.
"I've really been bearing down on finishing when I get scoring opportunities," Whitworth said.
Casey Kesselring gave the Generals the lead less than a minute later with a slap shot with 4:42 left in the second period.
Having the lead going into the third period at home has been a rarity for the Generals, but they handled it well.