Generals face last and first place teams

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Wilson and Gardner sidelined with injuries

Moose Jaw Generals

The Moose Jaw Generals are about to embark on a four game road trip over the next two weeks.

With Mosaic Place being used for the Capital One Curling Cup of Canada next week, the Generals will have to take their game on the road, starting with Beardy’s and Prince Albert this weekend.

After a week without play due to the Generals competing in a tournament in North Dakota, they have slipped from first place to fifth place. They will take on the Beardy’s Blackhawks, who are in last place on Saturday evening.

“We definitely can’t take them lightly. We had our way with them last game, but they are going to be ready to battle,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham. “They are always tough in their own rink too. We have our work cut out for us.”

On Sunday afternoon, the Generals will visit the top team in the standings, the Prince Albert Mintos. The last time these two faced each other the Mintos dropped the Generals 5-1 at Mosaic Place.

“I think the roles may be reversed from the Beardy’s game. We have a little something to prove,” said Wareham. “I know we have something to prove and we have to show that we weren’t at our best the last time we played them.”

The Generals were healthy for the first time when they travelled to North Dakota, but couldn’t make it back the same way. Forwards Stephen Wilson and Rhett Gardner were injured on the road trip. Wilson has a thigh contusion and Gardner has a shoulder injury.

“He (Wilson) is a possibility this weekend,” said Wareham. “He (Gardner) is out this weekend, but not as bad as originally thought. He has a shoulder issue…original diagnosis was three to four weeks, but it looks like it is going to be shorter than that. That’s good news. But, with possibility both guys out, that is a big blow.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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