Power play woes cost Generals in weekend split

Matthew Gourlie
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Moose Jaw Generals goalie Grant Naherniak is at full stretch to deny Spencer Bast of the Battlefords Stars at the side of the net Sunday.

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.

Organizations: Stars 4, AAA Hockey League

Geographic location: Sask.

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