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The Moose Jaw Generals celebrate a power play goal against the Notre Dame Hounds on Sunday evening at Mosaic Place. The team re-assigned five players back to their Midget AA teams on Monday. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
With only two more pre-season games left, the tough decisions had to be made.
The Moose Jaw Generals announced that five players were re-assigned to their Midget AA teams on Monday afternoon.
Defencemen Ty Anderson, Regan Seiferling, Braydon McCarthy and forward Brett Reidy will all play with the Midget AA Warriors. McCarthy, who is the younger brother of Colton McCarthy of the Moose Jaw Warriors, has moved from British Columbia to Moose Jaw to play hockey.
Defenceman Keanan Chomyn moved to Saskatoon at the end of last year and will head there to play Midget AA.
“There was obviously some disappointment, but it is really nobody’s fault. They did what they had to do and it just becomes a numbers thing, unfortunately,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham. “We have to make decisions and this is the worst part about coaching. It is not a fun day and you have to tell some kids that they can’t play.”
All four local guys, with the exception of Chomyn, will be affiliate players (AP) for the Generals this season and that was discussed with those players in their one-on-one meetings.
“Our AP group is solid and we have lots of depth,” he said. “That is one thing that we didn’t have a lot last year.”
Amhed Ally and Chance Petruic will play with the bantam AA, as they are only 14 years old and not able to play in the Midget AAA league.
“They were just helping in and filling in with bodies,” he said.
The Generals back end will have Dawson Davidson, veteran Shane Collins, Dustin Perillat, veteran Ben Verrall, Kyle Sargent, Riley Mohr and veteran Drew Fellner. The Generals kept seven partly because Fellner is currently hurt and is not expected to play until at least November.
The goaltenders will be Grant Naherniak and Colby Entz for the season. Naherniak will be the starting goalie and will get the bulk of the action.
Up front the lines are temporary listed as Donovan Neuls, Rykr Cole and Dakota Boutin; Trey Tendler, Braydon Delorme and Riley Cannon; Jared Legien, Jared Dmytriw and Josh Miller; Branden Klatt, Bhody Magnusson and Caleb Riess.
“We’re really excited and we have some guys that can put the puck in the net and we got some guys that can muck it up if they have to,” explained Wareham. “Our back end has some puck moving guys and we also got guys that like to defend and are physical. We like our goalie situation. We are really comfortable moving forward. We just have to continue to build off what we’ve started here.”
The Generals are still without forwards Regan Nagy and Ben Duperreault, who are with the Victoria Royals and Moose Jaw Warriors, respectively. It doesn’t appear that either will be coming back to the Generals this season.
“It looks like Duperreault is going to start with the Warriors and Nagy is currently with Victoria and will start the season with them,” stated Wareham. “There is still a possibility that Nagy could be returned, (though) it is not a very good one. I don’t know about Duperreault. As far as we know, he is with the Warriors and will be there for the year.”
The team will get together Monday evening to decide who will be the captain and assistants for the season.
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