With only half a dozen games left in the season, each and every game means more than the next. The Moose Jaw Generals figured that out the difficult way this weekend.
With back-to-back games against the first-ranked Prince Albert Mintos and the last-placed Beardy’s Blackhawks, the Generals were able to earn a split.
Generals 3 Mintos 6
Tanner Davies opened the scoring early on the power play, but things went bad quickly after that for the Generals.
“Not the best effort on Saturday,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham. “We came out and started the game good and scored early. We got on the power play and then took an undisciplined penalty on that power play. From that point on, we took three more in a row and they were able to capitalize. It was catch up all game…we never really found ourselves.”
The Mintos scored twice in the opening frame on the power play, including one with 40 seconds left. Cody Young and Kylar Hope scored in the second period for the Mintos. Hope’s goal came with 50 seconds left in the frame.
“We got frustrated, took a bad penalty and then a couple more on top of that, that were 200 feet away from the net,” said Wareham.
The Generals tried to close the gap with a power play marker from Trey Tendler and another from Ben Duperreault. However, the Mintos sealed the game with two more goals in the third period.
“Unfortunately, for us, we got behind the eight ball right away and it was tough sailing from then on in,” he said.
Generals 8 Blackhawks 1
After the effort the Generals put on in Prince Albert, the team took out their frustration on the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.
The Generals came out strong, getting goals from Stephen Wilson, Regan Nagy and Davies in the first period.
“I thought in the first period, we came out looking good, but we were flat in the second period…I think we let up off the gas a little bit,” said Wareham.
The Blackhawks got their lone goal past Grant Naherniak late in the second frame. Naherniak didn’t see much action throughout the game, as he finished with 15 saves on 16 shots.
“It was good to see our guys rebound with a big third period,” he stated. “It was a big win, considering last time they beat us. After coming off the lacklustre effort in P.A., I thought it was important for us to win on a good note and win big.”
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