After a great start to the season, the Moose Jaw Generals seemed to falter the last couple of games and couldn’t find their identity. After a challenge from the coaches, the young squad responded in a big way on Sunday afternoon.
The Generals took advantage of the Beardy’s Blackhawks, dominating their way to a 10-1 victory in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action.
“I thought we saw a lot of good things offensively,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham. “The offence was clicking and rolling and I thought we had some energy that way.”
The Generals outshot the Blackhawks 50-21 throughout the game and scored eight goals after the first and second periods.
Rhett Gardner got things started for the Generals shorthanded after he and Shane Collins went off for boarding penalties less than a minute apart. Cohen Yano knock a Blackhawks player down at the blue line and sprang Gardner for the goal.
The Blackhawks would get on the board on a power play marker from Connor Vermeulen that squeaked past Ryland Pashovitz. The Generals would respond just 21 second later when Stephen Wilson scored to retake the lead. That goal was a turning point for the team, Wareham thought.
“That was huge and if it carries on, it maybe drags on a little and you start wondering, (they) went out there right away and ended up getting one right away,” said Wareham. “I think that kind of relaxed everybody again and we could go back to work offensively. That was a huge play for us.”
Regan Nagy and Rykr Cole also scored in the opening frame.
“I think everything just seemed to go in for us and we were getting the bounces and it really worked out for us,” said Cohen Yano, who finished with four points. “We’ve not been playing our best lately, so to get a quick one early, especially short handed really helped us out.”
The Generals continued to dominate in the second period, with Adam Edmands scoring on a breakaway just 2:15 into the frame and Yano added his first of the season just under a minute later. Donovan Neuls scored to break open the game less than a minute later and Yano would add his second of the game on the power play.
“It motivates me to play more offensively than on defence,” said Yano. “I feel like I have a bigger role on the team now.”
Ty Vallee and Gardner would score in the third period to bring the tally to double digits.
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