With a short bench, it was a team effort that got the job done for the Moose Jaw AAA Generals.
Missing four players — three away at the Under-16 Western Canada Challenge Cup and one injured, the Generals trumped the Notre Dame Hounds 8-2 in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon.
“Some other guys got some opportunities and they stepped their game up. I wasn’t sure what to expect,” stated Generals head coach, Ray Wareham.
Forwards Ben Duperreault and Donovan Neuls combined for eight points on the afternoon, leading the way for the Generals.
“They have been playing pretty good. With (Rykr) Cole and (Regan) Nagy gone, we rotated some guys,” said Wareham. “I think that Duperreault and Neuls compliment each other extremely well and we will ride them out a little bit here.”
In his first game back after missing 11 games due to injury, Dakota Boutin scored midway through the first period to get the Generals on the board.
“Boutin in his first game back and it was not a bad game to have,” said Wareham.
Also scoring in the first period was Neuls and Trey Tendler on the power play. The home team would score three more times in the second frame, two on the man advantage.
The Generals finished 3-for-6 on the power play and went 6-for-7 on the penalty kill. Although the power play has struggled at times this season, the squad’s pressure on the disadvantage has been strong.
“It has been the key all year for us, really. We’ve struggled on the power play, but when it is rolling, we are pretty good,” explained Wareham. “The penalty kill has been pretty good for the most part all year. The guys worked hard today.”
The Generals chased starting goaltender Eric Williams after 40 minutes of play. He made 14 saves on 20 shots. Dylan Ferguson started the third period and made fives saves on seven shots.
Cohen Yano and Boutin scored in the third period to pad the Generals lead.
“Things are starting to look promising, but we just need to get everyone back for a few games in row and then we can start rolling,” said Wareham.
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