Swiss blitz Generals 6-1
The Moose Jaw Generals responded well to adversity Thursday at the Mac’s midget hockey tournament.
Moose Jaw Generals
Friday? Not so much.
The Generals gave up five second period goals and lost 6-1 to the Swiss under-17 national team at the Mac’s tournament. The Swiss opened the tournament in Calgary with an 8-2 win over the Calgary Northstars.
“Their first goal came off of a pass through the crease that went off of a skate and in. They could have ruled that it had been kicked in, but it counted and we didn’t respond. All of a sudden it was 3-0,” said Generals head coach Ray Wareham.
Esteban Willemin scored 3:24 into the second period and Fabian Haberstich and Raphael Prassl added to the lead as the Swiss scored three goals in less than seven minutes. Misha Moor and August Impose added power play goals as the roof fell in on the Generals in the second period.
While the Swiss are talented, Wareham felt a better night from goalie Colby Entz could have helped hold the Generals in the game longer.
“I think Colby would be the first guy to admit that he had an off-night. When you play a team like that that is quick and holds possession you need to get saves. It was an off-night for him,” said Wareham.
Impose scored again in the third period before Caleb Riess scored on a five-on-three power play to get the Generals on the board. Rykr Cole and Riley Cannon — their opening game goal-scorers in a 2-1 win over Leduc — had the assists.
The Generals were only out-shot 26-25 despite the score and played the Swiss even in the first period.
“I actually didn’t think we played too bad,” said Wareham. “It had been kind of an ugly first period, but sometimes you have to play ugly and we came out of it 0-0.”
While acknowledging that a national under-17 will have a lot more depth than a club team, Wareham still feels he needs more out of his depth players going forward.
“We can’t play two lines all game,” said Wareham. “Outside of those first two lines I don’t think we were first to any pucks. They can be better because I’ve seen them be better.”
The Generals are now 1-1 and will face the Northstars tonight in a must-win game. The Vancouver NW Giants met Leduc in a late game Friday. The Generals will conclude their pool play Monday against Vancouver.
“We talked about wanting to face adversity, well we’re going to get our chance. Our backs are against the wall. We have to win,” said Wareham.
The Warriors will face even more adversity with captain Trey Tendler expecting to be out for the rest of the tournament with a shoulder injury. Tendler was injured in the second period. The extend of his injury is still not known.
“It’s an opportunity for someone else to step up and play bigger minutes,” said Wareham.
The one loss may be too much to overcome. Their goal differential took a hit against the Swiss, but right now Wareham is worries about finishing 3-1 first and foremost and seeing where that may get them.
“We just have to make sure we get to 3-1. And we can’t get to 3-1 unless we’re 2-1, so we have to win (Saturday), then we have an off day and we’ll see where we are,” he said.