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Dakota Boutin of the Moose Jaw Generals tries to beat Shane Blomquist, goaltender for the Swift Current Legionnaires during Sask. Midget AAA Hockey League action on Thursday evening at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Tough test this weekend for squad
It is tough to teach a lesson when you keep winning.
Unfortunately for Ray Wareham and the Moose Jaw Generals, that is exactly the predicament they find themselves in now.
“I’ve been around a long time, but that is in the top three worst games I’ve ever been involved in. It was just absolutely brutal,” said Wareham, head coach of the Generals.
The Generals (4-0) remain unbeaten in the Sask. Midget AAA Hockey League regular season after a narrow 2-1 victory over the Swift Current Legionnaires on Thursday evening at Mosaic Place.
“I don’t want to take away anything from Swift Current because I thought they worked their butts off, but it just shows that if you work, you can play. Our guys simply didn’t work,” stated Wareham. “I know I am hard on the guys a lot of the time, but that was awful. It was just terrible.”
Both teams were sluggish to start the game, turning over the puck and lacklustre with effort. Shane Collins got the Generals on the board late in the second period and Riley Cannon got the game-winning goal early in the third period on the power play.
The Legionnaires got their lone goal from Kyler Sachkowski shortly after Cannon’s goal.
Wareham wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort from the start of the game. He tried sitting certain players with hopes it would re-energize them. He did put out other players, but the same mistakes kept on coming up all over the ice.
“We knew from day one that immaturity was a big issue with our team. It is tough, but we have to keep plugging away,” said Wareham. “We will show them videos and hopefully sooner or later, they figure it out.”
The Generals outshot the Legionnaires 32-18, but Shane Blomquist was strong in net for Swift Current.
Despite the win, the Generals could be in tough this weekend when the Saskatoon Contacts (1-2) come to town on Saturday afternoon (1:30 p.m., Mosaic Place) and then the Prince Albert Mintos (1-2) come on Sunday (1:30 p.m., Mosaic Place) and they will be looking to revenge an early loss.
“I am pretty confident that we are going to be taught some lessons this weekend. It is not going to be pretty if they don’t turn it around in a day. We have the Contacts coming in and the Mintos are coming in hungry. It is going to be ugly in the hurry if we play like that,” stated Wareham. “Our guys are capable of turning it around and winning both games, so we will find out in a hurry
“They aren’t bad kids, they have little things they have to learn and need to prepare for a game better. It is a work in progress, but I am tickled pink that we are 4-0.”
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