Potent power play paces Generals

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It took the Moose Jaw Generals 12 seconds to earn their first power play Thursday.

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It only took them seven seconds to capitalize on it.

The Generals used their much-maligned power play to deadly effect as they bombed the Notre Dame Argos 8-0 in Wilcox.

“We started off pretty well and we were able to roll from there,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham.

Four power play goals and a short-handed marker paced the Generals to a 6-0 lead by the 5:08 mark of the second period. The Generals finished 4-for-11 on the power play.

“We've made a few adjustments here and there, but we really haven't changed much. We executed pretty well tonight. We got a few breaks, but once we got a couple you just see the confidence grow. We scored some nice goals too. Once it was 2-0 and 3-0 you could see the guys trying to do some things,” said Wareham.

The Generals power play was a poor 8-for-63 (12.7 per cent) in November. After Thursday’s win they are now 9-for-35 (25.7 per cent) on the power play so far in December.

“We were able to get some guys some power play time who may not normally get a lot of it and they looked good too,” said Wareham whose team had power play goals from Caleb Riess and Josh Miller. It was Miller's second goal of the season and Riess's third.

“We were able to get (Riley) Mohr and (Kyle) Sargent some power play time on the point. We had a lengthy five-on-three and we didn't score, but we generated some really good chances. You could see the confidence build in them.”

The win improves the Generals record to 14-6-3 and solidifies their hold on fourth place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings.

Notre Dame's Egor Popoff took a boarding penalty on the game's first shift and Braydon Delorme scored right away to give the Generals a 1-0 lead after 19 seconds. Rykr Cole scored a short-handed goal to double the Generals lead and they were off to the races.

Delorme and Trey Tendler each had two goals and an assist and Riley Cannon, the third member of their line, had four assists. Wareham praised the trio for their consistent hard work and said he felt it’s rubbing off on their teammates.

The Hounds only have five wins in 23 games this season, but they made the Generals earn a 3-1 win at Mosaic Place two weeks ago.

“The last time we played the Hounds, they played us pretty tough, but on the bigger ice we were able to use our speed,” said Wareham.

Shane Collins also scored for the Generals. Jared Legien and Ben Verall each had two assists.

Colby Entz made 23 saves to earn his first midget AAA shutout.

The Generals will host the Saskatoon Contacts Saturday night (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) before they head back to Wilcox Sunday afternoon for a much sterner test against the league-leading Notre Dame Argos.

"I don't know about the players, but I certainly haven't forgotten the last time we played them in Wilcox," said Wareham of their 10-2 loss to the Argos on Nov. 10.

Organizations: Miller's, Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League

Geographic location: Notre Dame, Wilcox

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