Generals remain unbeaten thanks to 2-1 win

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Moose Jaw Generals

The Moose Jaw Generals are still learning what it takes to win in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.

As it happens, they’re still winning hockey games while they do it.

The Generals edged the Saskatoon Blazers 2-1 Friday night in the Bridge City to move to 3-0 on the season.

“I don’t think it was our best effort by far, but we were able to stick with it and fight through it and find a way to get a couple of greasy ones and hang on for the win,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham. “We’ll take the win and hopefully we learn from it and are better because of it.

“As long as the guys are learning that’s the key. It’s early, but the guys have been eager to learn and willing to work hard. We still make mistakes, but that’s going to happen. We have to keep learning and keep working towards being better and these guys have done that so far.”

The Generals had a five-on-three power play for 1:31 to start the second period and another two-man advantage for a full two minutes later in the frame and failed to score.

“Their goalie played extremely well, especially in the second period when we had some power plays,” said Wareham. “He made some big saves and we couldn’t score on a couple of lengthy five-on-threes.”

Just after the Blazers killed off the second five-on-three Tanner Davies opened the scoring.

Ben Duperreault doubled the Generals lead 2:53 into the third period as the Generals finally scored a power play goal.

The Blazers replied with their own power play goal with just under nine minutes left from Lane Pederson, but the Generals hung on.

The Generals will host the Prince Albert Mintos (1:30 p.m., Mosaic Place) Sunday.

“We’re going to have to be a whole lot better Sunday if we want to have a chance to compete with P.A.,” said Wareham.

Ryland Pashovitz made 27 saves to earn the win in goal for the Generals.

Blazers goalie Evan Weninger made 34 saves in the loss. Warriors draft pick Dustin Perillat picked up an assist on the Blazers goal.

Geographic location: Bridge City

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