Generals capitalize on power play

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Beaudry scores in debut

The newest Moose Jaw General made the most of his debut.

Rykr Cole of the Moose Jaw Generals tries to shovel the puck past Austin Swystun, goaltender for the Saskatoon Blazers, but he makes the stick save during Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Thursday evening at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

By Katie Brickman

Josh Beaudry had only practiced with the team this week. He scored the insurance goal in a 3-1 Generals victory over the Saskatoon Blazers on Thursday evening at Mosaic Place.

“He was nervous coming in,” said Ray Wareham, Generals head coach. “He spent a couple days at practice, but it was nice to get one in front of the net and give us a cushion.”

Saskatoon took two penalties about a minute apart as Nick Lenuis and Keanan Chomyn both were automatically ejected for checking from behind.

The Generals capitalized on those penalties to take an early lead after Riley Cannon and Trey Tendler scored just 39 seconds apart in the first period.

“Our power play got a chance in the first period and we were able to find a couple breaks and get the lead,” said Wareham.

However, despite the victory, Wareham wasn’t overly pleased with the effort his team put together.

“You come off last weekend on such a high and expect so much more,” stated Wareham. “Thursday was tough. The D couldn’t get the puck out of their own end, couldn’t win a one-on-one. The list goes on and on.”

Beaudry was able to seal the victory with a goal early in the second period on a shot from the slot.

“He is not flashy, but I thought postionally, he was one of the most sound guys out there,” said Wareham. “That is what we expect of him and that’s why we brought him in. We need him to be reliable and dependable.”

Wareham brought up the point that this was the first time that the Generals have had a full roster of healthy players this season and that could have been part of the lack of energy.

“We play three lines and get into the game more and rolling. With four lines now, you sit back a little bit more and that might have played a part in it,” he explained. “We talked about how shifts wouldn’t be rolling as much now and to make sure they go out and work their butt off. I think that had a little bit to play in it.”

The Generals now sit in fourth place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings with a 12-6-2-0 record and have recorded a point in the last six games.

Forward Regan Nagy missed the final period after his back injury was re-aggravated. The Generals are going to be looking more into the injury.

“We are looking to get him a MRI done because there is obviously something going on there that is not just tightness,” said Wareham. “We have to make sure we get it looked at and take our time with it.”

Beaudry was playing midget AA in Balgonie before the Generals called with an invite join the team. He has been on the radar for a while.

“He is a kid I’ve had an eye on since bantam,” said Wareham. “When we made the change and were looking for a guy, he was the top of the list.”

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