Tough decisions loom with cuts on Monday
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Trey Tendler of the Moose Jaw Generals battles for the puck and tries slip it past Notre Dame Hounds goaltender Aris Anagnostopoulos during exhibition play on Sunday evening at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The wins just keep on coming for the Moose Jaw Generals.
After facing different opponents in the month of September, the Generals remain unbeaten in pre-season action.
“The work ethnic has been there right from the first game of the pre-season,” stated Generals head coach Ray Wareham. “We have been putting in a solid 60 minutes for the most part and we are getting rewarded for it.”
The Generals shut out the Notre Dame Hounds 7-0 on Sunday evening at Mosaic Place. They have a 5-0 record in exhibition play and still have two games left next weekend.
Rykr Cole got the Generals on the board in the first period and then the floodgates figuratively opened. Riley Cannon scored mid-way through the second period on the power play and then Brett Reidy scored 16 seconds later. Braydon Delorme scored unassisted and short-handed on a sniper shot in the slot with a Hound player pulling from behind. The Generals chased Hounds’ starting goaltender Aris Anagnostopoulos in the third period when Patrick Kasper came in. However, that didn’t deter the Generals from scoring. Josh Miller scored early and the Dakota Boutin scored two power play markers in third period.
“As happy as I am with our work ethnic, we have to realize it is still exhibition,” he said.
Grant Naherniak stopped all 18 shots he faced from the Hounds and will be the starting goaltender for the Generals this season. Unlike the past two years where he and Ryland Pashovitz shared the crease time, this season, the pipes will be his alone. Colby Ents will serve as the backup.
“He has come back with a different attitude. He is upbeat and eager to be the guy. It is obviously a big year with the Telus Cup and I think he is looking forward to being challenged,” explained Wareham. “He is going to get the bulk of the action. We want him to mentor Colby (as we think Colby is going to be a good one too. I think he is really looking forward to the challenge and he looks like he is having fun out there.”
On Saturday, the Generals beat the Under-16 Team Sask squad 6-1 in Wilcox. There are six players — Colby Entz, Dawson Davidson, Branden Klatt, Caleb Riess, Jared Legien and Jared Dmytriw —from the Generals that were on that team.
Wareham and assistant coach, Jeremy Ebbett plan on having a long night as they go through the lineup and decide which players will be cut. They will meet face-to-face with players on Monday afternoon to tell them their fate.
“There is going to be some tough decisions. Everyone has really played well and we are going to be letting go of some really good players because unfortunately we just can’t keep them all,” stated Wareham. “We are going to try and get down to what we want to go into the regular season with and that will give us two games against North Dakota next week to work with our guys.”
The Generals will wrap up their pre-season on the weekend with games Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 p.m., Mosaic Place) against Notre Dame.
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