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Gens on a four-game roll
By D.K. Williams
ESP Magazine - December 12 - 18, 2001
The Generals had a good week. They are in the midst of a four-game winning streak and have won five of their last six. They have a record of 10-11-2 exactly one-fourth of the way through the East Coast Hockey League season.
The streak started Wednesday, December 5, when the Generals defeated the Columbia Inferno 4-2 at home. The Gens next took on the Northeast Division-leading Trenton Titans (16-7-4) in New Jersey, and came away with a 2-1 victory on Friday night.
The Generals were starting to feel a little more confidence. They would need it. The Southeast Division-leading Pee Dee Pride (18-5-3) came to Greensboro Saturday night. The Pride would leave defeated by a 2-1 score, and the Generals were playing inspired hockey. The confidence was there.
In a Sunday matinee, the Generals dominated the Augusta Lynx 6-1.The tone was set on the opening face-off, as the Generals won the draw and Vlad Serov gave the Generals a 1-0 lead with 19:51 on the clock. With 19:00 remaining in the first period, Sal Manganaro scored on a power play to give the Gens a 2-0 lead. The route was on, and the streak stands at four.
AHN-REE IS ALL-RIGHT
During the first week in December, goaltender Frederic Henry was reassigned by the New Jersey Devils to Greensboro from the American Hockey League. Henry has started in five games for the Generals. He is 5-0. He has a 1.56 goals against average. He is stopping 94 percent of the shots he faces. That is good.
He likes his new city. "I played in Albany, New York, were the people are kind of mean. Here it is the total opposite. People are very nice."
WHITWORTH ON A ROLL
Generals center David Whitworth scored his first goal of the season in the victory over the Inferno Wednesday night. He has since scored a goal in every game the Generals have played. His goal in Trenton came against the team that cut him in training camp this year.
The goal meant a little extra. "I imagine every guy feels the same way when they play a team that got rid of them. It gives you a little extra drive, a little extra jump in your step. It is good fun playing against the Titans. I would love to meet them in the playoffs."
The Generals just might do that.
The Generals hit the road for the next three games. On Tuesday, December 11, the club is in Georgia to take on the Macon Whoopee (12-9-5) at 7:00. They stay in the Peach State Friday night to play the Lynx. (11-10-5) again, this time in Augusta. The game starts at 7:30.
The team returns to North Carolina Saturday, but stops in Charlotte to take on the Checkers in a 7:30 contest before coming home for another Sunday matinee in the Coliseum. The Generals host the South Carolina Stingrays (14-5-4) at 3:00 pm.
All games can be heard on 1320 AM, WCOG.