The Moose Jaw Generals shuffled the deck Sunday and came up aces.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Moose Jaw Generals goalie Colby Entz makes a glove saves Sunday against the Prince Albert Mintos.
Generals head coach Ray Wareham switched up their lines and all three defence pairings and his team responded with a 5-1 win over the Prince Albert Mintos.
“We shook everything up and tried to create some energy that way,” said Wareham. “I thought it really sparked some guys. We had a good team effort.
“It was night and day compared to (Saturday). I thought it was our best effort of the year.”
The win came one day after the Generals lost 2-1 at home to the Saskatoon Contacts. The Generals are 5-1 on the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League season.
Their first loss of the season Saturday may have been a blessing in disguise.
“It showed us that we weren’t as good as we thought we were and we have to bring it every game,” said Generals forward Donovan Neuls.
The Generals stormed out to a great start. They took advantage of a five-minute power play when Jared Legien opened the scoring. The long power play also allowed them to seize the momentum as they out-shot the Mintos 16-1 to open the game.
“I was really happy with our first period. We came our energized and we were in control.
The Mintos came back with a better effort to start the second period and Jared Blaquiere tied the game 1:24 into the middle frame.
The Generals didn’t waste any time swinging the momentum back in their favour. Less than two minutes later, Neuls stole the puck at his own blue line and scored on a breakaway to put the Generals up for good.
“We didn’t waver and I thought our response was good,” said Wareham. Josh Miller scored a power play before the end of the period and Trey Tendler and Caleb Riess scored in the third period.
The Generals finished 3-for-7 on the power play.
The Mintos had a two-man advantage for 1:25 when the score was still 3-1 in the second period and the Generals were able to kill it off.
Colby Entz made 20 saves for the Generals, while Lane Michasiw stopped 32 shots.