After a slow start, the Moose Jaw Midget AAA Generals gained some momentum. However, a lack of discipline in the third period had them holding on for the victory.
“We spent the whole third period in the penalty box and sooner or later, they are going to get one,” stated Generals coach Ray Wareham.
Despite giving the Swift Current Legionnaires 11 chances on the man advantage, the Generals held on for the 4-2 win in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon.
Rykr Cole gave the Generals a 1-0 lead near the end of the opening period. It wasn’t until the second frame that the Generals got some momentum offensively and took a 3-1 lead. Ben Duperreault scored his fourth of the season and finished with three points.
“We have good chemistry. Me, Rykr and (Donovan) Nuels…we work really well together. We are a quick line and once we get down low, it is hard for teams to stop us,” explained Duperreault.
Wareham thought Duperreault was good too: “I thought Duperreault was on fire. He was flying and he carried us on his back. That’s encouraging because he has been struggling a bit in the point department, but his play without the puck has really come a long way. It is nice to see him being rewarded.”
Rhett Gardner scored on the power play with a blast from the point for the eventual game winner and Ty Symenuk scored his first of the season on the power play late in the third period.
A lack of discipline by the Generals allowed the Legionnaires a chance to come back in the third period, including four straight penalties in a span of 11:55. Of those 11 chances the Generals gave Swift Current, they only gave up two goals.
“Can’t say enough about (Trey) Tendler and Gardner, those guys logged a ton of ice time,” said Wareham.
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