Generals earn points in nine straight games
With hosting the Telus Cup in April, the expectations are high for the Moose Jaw Generals.
Moose Jaw Generals
By Katie Brickman
Maybe those expectations are too high, though.
“We don’t really have a lot of guys that have real good offensive instincts. I think that hurts us at times,” stated Ray Wareham, head coach for the Generals. “We have guys that work hard for us, but that vision and on-ice awareness when you have extra time, we don’t have that and it can be very frustrating at times.”
Wareham can’t be too irritated as his team took three out of four points this weekend over the Yorkton Harvest.
“We definitely didn’t play very good. They worked hard and came at us, but we didn’t really do anything all weekend,” said Wareham. “We found ways to score at crucial times, but we didn’t sustain any offensive pressure.”
On Saturday evening, the Generals were able to hold off the Harvest with a 2-1 victory. Trey Tendler and Jared Dmytriw scored for the Generals and Colby Entz saved 30 shots in the win.
Yorkton scored early in the third period on Sunday to knot the game at 2-2 and that was the end result. The Generals went just 2-for-9 on the power play, with Tendler picking up both goals.
“I thought our power play let us down. We had a bunch of 5-on-3s and just couldn’t get anything going,” said Wareham. “It is very frustrating. Again, it is that tunnel vision.”
It is tough for the coaching staff to ask for more when the team has earned points in nine straight games. However, Wareham is asking for his players to bring a better work ethic to every game and against every opponent.
“We just have to keep talking to them. Yelling doesn’t accomplish a whole lot and not letting them know where they stand doesn’t accomplish anything either,” he explained. “They know where they stand, they know what they are supposed to do. You just want them to take the ball and run with it.”
Unfortunately, some players just want to be given more ice time instead of working for it and Wareham has confronted his players to prove why they deserve more instead of less.
“We challenged the other guys that aren’t happy with their ice time to do something to gain more ice time and no one is really stepping up,” he said. “We will just keep pushing them and encouraging them to take advantage of what they do get and showing us that they deserve more.”
The line of Tendler, Braydon Delorme and Riley Cannon has proven to be a very successful combination for the Generals. Captain Tendler has shown the Generals way of playing and Wareham hopes others will realize what that line does to be successful.
“They just bring a good honest work ethic game-in-game-out,” said Wareham. “There is nothing fancy about those three. We need our other guys to follow suit … work ethic makes chances for them.”
The Generals will focus on multiple areas of their game this week at practice as they have a busy schedule prior to heading to Calgary for the Mac’s Tournament around Christmas.
“We have to be better. We have to forecheck better, we have to utilize our speed and we need to spend more time in the offensive zone,” stated Wareham. “We have to get back to that, but you can’t complain too much when you get three of four.”
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