It was a case of too little too late for the Moose Jaw Generals on the road over the weekend.
The team had just 11 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes of play, as the Saskatoon Contacts held on for the 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action.
“It was a tough one. Our first 40 minutes weren’t very good and then I thought we were okay and played pretty good,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham. “We had an opportunity to win or tie the game up late, but unfortunately, it just didn’t go in for us. I thought the guys competed hard, it just sucks when you lose.”
The Contacts controlled much of the play in the first and second period, but the Generals made some changes in the third period and took control, but couldn’t capitalize on their chances.
“We didn’t push back and once we decided we wanted to push back, I thought we took the game over,” stated Wareham. “You can stand up for yourself and be physical and have that presence without taking penalties. Once we did that, I thought we really started to dictate the game.”
There were 22 penalties taken by both teams throughout the game. Ty Vallee and Ben Duperreault each scored on the man advantage.
“You don’t get away with too much here, but it got heated at times. They tired to take liberties in their own rink and for the first 25 minutes or so, we let them do that,” stated Wareham. “When we decided we weren’t going to take it anymore, the tide changed a bit. It is something we definitely have to put in our memory bank and remember.”
Ryland Pashovitz made 33 saves on 36 shots and was a big component in the Generals attempted comeback.
“I thought is was getting back to his familiar self again. That was good to see,” he said. “Maybe the first one he might like to have back, but we had a defensive breakdown. He made some big saves for us to keep us in the game when we weren’t at our best and he gave us a chance to come back. He was really solid.”
The Generals are looking forward to be being back in their rink after being on the road for six games and the whole month of November.
“In fairness to the kids, we’ve been on the road of most of November. I really think it is starting to wear on us a bit. It will be nice to get back home and hopefully we can re-energize ourselves and find a way to get a couple wins,” said Wareham.
The team will have a short lay-off as they will host the Saskatoon Blazers on Thursday evening (7 p.m., Mosaic Place).
“We’ve played them pretty tight the last time they were here. We took it to them, but just couldn’t score and lost 2-1,” he said. “They are a defensive minded team, but if you let them have some space, they can hurt you too.”
Stephen Wilson returned to the lineup after missing four games, but Rhett Gardner is still on the shelf with a shoulder injury. The team is hoping he will be ready for next week.