Hodson Not Deterred By Flying Pucks

By Jeff Carlton
Staff Writer
Greensboro News & Record

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro Generals goalie Jamie Hodson faced 99 shots in two games over the weekend. He was bombarded with 29 shots in one period.

Veteran Daniel Berthiaume has played many more career games than the 22-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs prospect — 626 to 45, professionally — but he can only remember one game in which he saw so many shots in a period.

“That’s a lot of rubber,” Berthiaume said.

Not that Hodson minded. He wants to spend as much time on the ice as possible, and being pelted by pucks on back-to-back nights suits him just fine. Especially when his team comes away with three of a possible four points, as the Generals did with Friday’s 6-3 victory over Trenton and Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss at Charlotte.

“If you only get 20 shots a game, sometimes 10 of those are two-on-ones,” Hodson said. “Sometimes you get 40 shots, and half the shots are from the outside. So shots don’t say it all.”

Then again, he did consider it a fairly tiring experience.

Hodson, a 1998 third-round draft pick of Toronto, was assigned to Greensboro from the St. John’s Maple Leafs on Oct. 18, a week into the season. He’d experienced back spasms in the AHL camp and played sparingly early on for the Generals.

He was 0-3 before Friday, with one hard-luck loss at Roanoke, where he stopped 26 of 27 shots. Then, during one hectic weekend, he picked up his first victory of the season and raised his save percentage to .923.

Generals coach Rick Adduono was particularly impressed with how Hodson handled the many rebound shots he saw. Not that he didn’t already know what the young goalie could do. Hodson was 20-9-3 and won some big games down the stretch last year for the Adduono-coached South Carolina Stingrays.

“When he’s focused, he’s very tough to beat,” Adduono said of the 6-foot-2 Hodson. “He covers a lot of net. He works hard in practice, and he really focuses on not being scored against in the game.”