AAAs head home from Mac’s after losing out on tiebreaker
The Moose Jaw Generals didn’t pass their test Monday even if they didn’t lose their game.
Moose Jaw Generals
The Generals tied the Vancouver NW Giants 3-3 at the Mac’s Midget Hockey Tournament. The tie leaves the Generals with an outside chance of advancing to the quarter-finals with a 2-1-1 record. However, given that a win would have seen them advance, head coach Ray Wareham was disappointed in his team’s performance.
“I thought we were better in the Switzerland game to be honest with you,” said Wareham in reference to his team’s 6-1 loss earlier in the tournament. “That’s disappointing in a must-win game to see us perform like that.”
The Generals took a 2-0 first period lead thanks to a pair of Riley Cannon goals, but failed to build on their momentum.
“We got a couple of lucky breaks and they were trying to give us the game by taking a bunch of penalties and we didn’t want to take it,” said Wareham.
The Generals earned six power plays in the first 25 minutes of the game and only scored once on them.
Owen Stout scored twice in 4:13 to tie the game early in the second period and Nash Dabb put the Giants ahead with 4:20 left.
Regan Seiferling tied the game for the Generals with 1:04 left in the middle frame.
The teams were tied heading into the third period, but Wareham didn’t think his team showed enough desperation with their tournament hopes up for grabs.
“The focus and concentration wasn’t there and we didn’t have any jump really,” said Wareham.
Colby Entz had a strong bounce-back game as he made 33 saves in goal for the Generals.
Jared Legien had a pair of assists for the Generals.
The Generals had 10 goals for and 11 against in the tournament and that wasn’t enough to allow them to be one top three second-place teams that advanced in the 25-team tournament.
The Generals had the fewest penalty minutes in the tournament and were one of six teams that finished with five points, but lost out on the tiebreaker to the Regina Pat Canadians and the Calgary Royals. The Royals beat Alaska 5-3 late Monday night in a game that was delayed due to a power outage from Friday.
Though they failed in their goal to advance from their group — though the defending champion Giants finished behind them — Wareham saw some positives out of their week in Calgary.
“Overall we did some good things,” said Wareham. “We saw some guys improve their game a little bit and some guys stepped back a bit. We’ve shown we can skate with these teams, which is encouraging. These are, obviously, the best teams in Western Canada and we’re going to see one or two of them at the Telus Cup.
“It’s encouraging that we can skate with them, but we’re going to have to be on top of our game to win and now we know that.”
Wareham is hoping they can keep their play at a high level when the resume their league play when they host the Notre Dame Hounds on Jan. 9.