Generals without Nagy, Tendler

Katie Brickman
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Nagy has MRI for back injury

The injury bug has stayed away from the Moose Jaw Generals for most of this season.

Trey Tendler of the Moose Jaw Generals is out of the lineup due to a shoulder injury he suffered at the Mac's midget tournament in Calgary. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

However, a big loss is losing veteran forward Regan Nagy, as he has been limited to playing just five games.

When the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League reassigned Nagy in November, he returned with a lingering back injury.  It has been bothering him since, as he has been in and out of the lineup.

He was finally able to get an MRI done at the hospital on Monday afternoon. Those results will be sent to the Generals’ team doctor later this week.

“At least this way, we can have a diagnosis and see where we need to treat it,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals. “I would be surprised if he was back before February just by seeing how he walks around and some of the stretches that he can and cannot do. He is skating, but no contact.”

The 16-year-old has three points in five games, but continues to practice with the team.

“Missing Nagy has really hurt. It is that extra offensive punch,” said Wareham. “(Jared) Dmytriw has played on that line and I thought he has done well for a young guy, but to get him (Nagy) back and get that confidence and that edge that he plays on would be huge.”

The Generals return to action on Thursday (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) against the Notre Dame Hounds and will be down to 10 forwards. Nagy is out, as well as team captain Trey Tendler.

“He is still buggered by that shoulder. It is going to be a little bit for him. Probably no weekend either,” said Wareham. “If we started the Telus Cup on Thursday, he would play, but we are taking it easy. We can’t afford to lose him.”

Tendler was injured during a game at the Mac’s midget tournament and has been practicing with the team, but no contact.

It hasn’t been easy for the team without two of their top players, but as defenceman Shane Collins explained, the group just has to continue to play games.

“Those guys play big roles on this team, so when they are in the stands, we want to pick it up and try to still get those wins,” Collins said. “It doesn’t matter who is out of the lineup — it is about who is in the lineup. You just have to play with those guys.”

The Generals have brought in some reinforcements from the Midget AA Tier 1 Moose Jaw Warriors team in order to alleviate some of the players that are battling the flu and injuries.

Regan Seirferling, Brett Reidy, Bhody Magnusson and Ty Anderson were all at Generals practice this week. They’ll be Wareham’s go-to guys if need be.

“I met with those guys after (practice) and told them we want them around as much as possible down the stretch because they will be guys we use and count upon to help,” said Wareham.

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