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Generals win 4th straight on quick goals
Generals 6, Lynx 1
BY KEITH TOLBERT
Special to the News & Record - December 10, 2001
GREENSBORO - Not only are the Greensboro Generals winning games, they are setting team records in the process.
The Generals 6 - 1 rout of the Augusta Lynx on Sunday afternoon started with a Vlad Serov goal nine seconds into the game. That is the fastest the Generals have scored in franchise history.
And for the second time this season the Generals scored again before the one minute mark on a goal by Sal Manganaro to take a 2-0 lead. The first time they did that was against the Reading Royals in a 6-5 victory.
The victory Sunday was the fourth in a row for Greensboro and its fifth in the last six games. During that stretch, the Generals have beaten two first-place teams: the Trenton Titans and the Pee Dee Pride.
"We were really looking at this week as an important stretch," Generals coach Graeme Townshend said. "We've really worked hard to be in this position."
The first goal game when Chris Bell stole the puck near the blue line after the opening faceoff. He and Serov skated unguarded into the zone and Bell passed the puck to Serov, who easily beat goalie Gregg Naumenko.
Serov got the assist on the second goal, when he picked up a loose puck near the center line and skated in with Manganaro behind him. Serov faked a shot and left the puck for Manganaro to score.
The Generals added one more goal in the first period on a slap shot by Brian Loney to take a 3-0 lead at 10:21. The assist went to David Whitworth, who skated deep into the right side and drew two defenders to him, allowing Loney time to wind up for the slap shot.
While the offense was rolling, newly acquired goalie Frederic Henry was keeping everything out of net. He is now 5-0 as a starter and Townshend played him in all three games over the weekend, something he didn't do with Bujar Amidovski.
"We'll continue to ride the hot goalie," Townshend said.
Another recent acquisition that has made an immediate impact is defenseman Andrei Lupandin. He scored the Generals fourth goal of the game and now has four goals in six games.
"He is the perfect offensive defenseman," Townshend said. "Every time he skates up the ice he gets the puck in the zone by either skating it in or passing it."
Lupandin played hockey in Ukraine, Russia, with Serov and was glad to see a familiar face when he came to the Generals. Both have been playing well in the time they have spent together.
"It's a little bit of a competition between us (to see who can score more)," Lupandin said.