Saturday, the Moose Jaw Generals power play woes weren’t a factor in their 6-0 win.
Sunday, the Generals poor power play cost them the game.
The Generals cruised to a shutout win Saturday over the Battlefords Stars, but Sunday they lost 4-3 to the Stars.
“The power play just killed us today,” said Generals assistant coach Jeremy Ebbett. “You have to be able to capitalize on those — especially heading down the stretch. If you can’t capitalize on those you aren’t going to win many games.”
The Generals were 1-for-9 on the power play Sunday, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Trailing 3-1 in the second period, the Stars took seven penalties. Included in that was a pair of double-minors for head contact that gave the Generals a five-on-three power play for 3:52.
“All year we’ve been tinkering with our power play to try to get it going and we really haven’t been able to do that. It’s been an on-going concern,” said Ebbett. “We didn’t generate much at all on the power play. It was a case of panic and rushing. We didn’t take the time to settle it down and set anything up.”
The split leaves the Generals with a 22-11-3-0 record. They sit third in the Sask. Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
Stars 4 Generals 3
Rykr Cole kept the Generals rolling as he opened the scoring 23 seconds into the game.
Ben Duperreault scored a power play goal 25 seconds into the third period to cut the Stars lead to 3-2, but Eric Pfeifer deflected a shot past Grant Naherniak 53 seconds into the period to restore the Stars 4-2 lead.
Regan Nagy scored the other Generals goal with 12 seconds left.
Generals 6 Stars 0
The Generals scored three first period goals to grab a big early lead. They added three more in the third period to erase any doubt and skate to comfortable win.
Rhett Gardner had a pair of goals and an assist.
Cole opened the scoring Saturday as well and Shane Collins, Donovan Neuls and Adam Edmands also scored. Brett Bohlken had a pair of assists.
Ryland Pashovitz made 26 saves to earn the shutout for the Generals.
The Generals finished 1-for-10 on the power play.