Generals win war over Hounds

Katie Brickman
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Team loses some battles, but wins 3-1

The Moose Jaw Generals got dominated physically, but will take the two points.

Moose Jaw Generals forward Donovan Neuls celebrates a first period goal over the Notre Dame Hounds on Thursday evening at Mosaic Place in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

“I am happy we got the two points, but I don’t think we played all that great,” said Ray Wareham, Generals head coach. “It wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to win.”

The Generals held on for the 3-1 victory over the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Thursday evening at Mosaic Place.

“Right off the hop, I thought we looked really good,” said Wareham. “When we scored that goal, maybe we thought it was going to be an easy night.”

It was the physical play of the Hounds and the lack of push back his team showed that frustrated Wareham.

“We knew they were bigger and stronger, but we didn’t use our strength of speed and quickness. I don’t think we did that and it almost cost us.”

Donovan Neuls got the Generals on the board less than four minutes into the game. Trey Tendler potted in a rebound with seven seconds remaining on the power play in the second period. Neuls added his second of the game less than two minutes into the third. Ninety seconds later, the Hounds got on the board, but couldn’t get any closer as Generals goaltender Grant Naherniak closed the door, making 35 saves.

“I thought Grant was pretty solid for us,” said Wareham.

Another frustrating area of the Generals’ game against the Hounds was faceoffs and the power play, where they went just 1-for-7.

The team is trying to execute what the coaching staff is teaching them in practice, but can’t pull it off in a game.

“We are tunnel vision right now. We get focused a certain direction and we don’t see anything outside that,” stated Wareham. “You can see them trying to do it, but they have wide open guys and we aren’t finding them. We keep forcing it.

“We need to open our wings a little bit so we can see other things.”

The team is fighting the flu, including Rykr Cole who sat out this game against the Hounds. Regan Nagy is out with a back injury, the same one that bothered him after coming back from the Victoria Royals.

“There are a lot of excuses, but the guys know that we have to do better,” said Wareham.

Those two might still be out when hit the road to face the Battleford Stars this weekend. The Stars currently sit in first place in the standings, but the Generals want to challenge themselves and their opponent.

“Martin Smith has done a fantastic job. It started last year and he has really turned that program around. They work extremely hard and some guys have some confidence,” explained Wareham of the Stars’ success. “We are going in there to win. We want to challenge ourselves.”

The Generals released forward Dakota Boutin two weeks ago. He is now playing with the Prince Albert Mintos. The Generals are looking at adding a player in the future, but it won’t be prior to this weekend.

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