Not very often does a team travel to Tisdale and complete a sweep. However, after a solid performance on Saturday and Sunday, the Moose Jaw Generals did just that and sit atop the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
“We had a really good weekend. I thought our compete level was fantastic,” stated Generals’ coach Ray Wareham. “Not very often that teams go up to Tisdale and sweep them in a weekend set, so that is a pretty good feat from our boys. We wanted to leave the weekend in first place and I know we have played the most games, but it is still a pretty good feeling.”
The Generals won 4-1 on Saturday afternoon with two power play markers. The Generals controlled much of the play, as goaltender Ryland Pashovitz stopped 15 of 16 shots.
“We really didn’t give them much and we held them to 15 shots and had some opportunities at the other end and capitalized on them,” said Wareham.
Trey Tendler got the Generals on the board in the first period and Rykr Cole scored on the man advantage in the middle frame. Regan Nagy and Ben Duperreault scored in the third period to seal the win.
On Sunday, the Tisdale Trojans battled back hard, but the Generals were able to hold on for the 7-5 win.
“We had a few mental mistakes, but the compete level was still there and we were able to find the back of the net, fortunately enough to get the sweep of the weekend,” he said.
The Trojans scored first, but Rhett Gardner scored unassisted a couple minutes later. Donovan Neuls continued his streak and chemistry with Duperreault as they traded goals and got the Generals the edge after the opening period.
The Trojans and Cohen Yano traded goals in the second frame. Tendler would score two in the third and Gardner added an empty net goal with 20 seconds left.
The line of Gardner, Tendler and Nagy combined for 12 points in the two games. Those three set the tone for the Generals throughout the weekend and provided a much-needed spark.
“On Sunday, they were just men against boys every time they were out there, they had a chance to score and respond,” stated Wareham. “They were huge for us on Sunday and probably the reason we won.”
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