Squad headed to tournament in Grand Forks
The Moose Jaw Generals might be squeezing their sticks just a little too tight.
Moose Jaw Generals
The Generals struggled to create some offensive chances over the weekend as they dropped two straight games to the Saskatoon Blazers and Saskatoon Contacts.
“Scoring wise, it wasn’t a good weekend, but playing wise, I didn’t think we were that bad,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham. “We put up 43 shots against the Blazers and we just couldn’t score. Then against the Contacts, we threw up 38 shots and couldn’t score again. Overall, we are playing pretty good, but we just can’t find a way to score right now.”
On Friday evening, the Generals lost 2-1 to the Blazers. Donovan Neuls got the lone goal for Moose Jaw.
On Saturday afternoon, the Contacts shut out the Generals 2-0 with goaltender Colby Entz making 24 saves in the loss.
“Work ethic and all that stuff was there, but unfortunately for us, we are in a bit of a drought right now,” said Wareham. “We aren’t giving up much, but we aren’t scoring.”
Over those two games, the Generals went just 1-for-17 on the power play. They also went 7-for-10 on the penalty kill.
“Special teams, especially the power play is awful. We have guys just trying to do too much. We weren’t getting pucks to the net and we are playing on the perimeter instead of getting pucks to the net and banging them in,” explained Wareham. “I thought our last three or four power plays against the Contacts, we started to get a little more aggressive and we got pucks to the net and we battled and competed. Pucks would either roll off our sticks or they would hit the post or the kid would make a save. It just is not going our way right now.”
Even though the offence can’t get going, their defense and goaltending are keeping them in games and can’t be faulted for the two losses.
“We don’t give up much, but when you can’t score and you make little mistakes, they become more magnified. It is tough for us to score right now,” said Wareham. “Mistakes are going to happen, they just look bigger right now because we aren’t putting anything in the other net.”
Wareham and the team know that struggles can happen to any team and are hoping this is just an early season blip for them before they get out of the rut and begin scoring again.
“If we just keep working…we aren’t going to go through this all year. We are too talented not to score. It is going to come sooner or later, but right now, we are in a drought…we just have to keep working hard,” said Wareham. “The kids worked hard and it is unfortunate that we lost these couple, but we can’t fault them for effort. We just aren’t scoring.”
The team will head down to Grand Forks, N.D. to compete in the Midget AAA Hockey Academy Showcase tournament. They leave Thursday and will see action throughout the weekend from teams in Canada and the U.S.A.
“I think the best thing for us is to go to Grand Forks this week and relax a little bit without the pressure of getting the two points,” said Wareham. “We can try some different things and it won’t count in the standings. It is chance for the guys to get away and have some fun.”
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