Good start, bad finish

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Generals split weekend games

The Moose Jaw Generals got beaten by themselves on Sunday afternoon.

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A ‘stupid’ penalty taken away from the play resulted in a swing of momentum for the Notre Dame Hounds and a disappointing 3-2 loss for the Generals.

“It is a 2-1 lead and we take a stupid behind the play slashing penalty. They scored to tie it up and they got the momentum and ultimately win it,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals. “You can’t take those penalties and expect to win hockey games.”

It was decent start to the weekend when the Generals beat the Regina Pat Canadians 5-3 on Saturday afternoon, but it was a frustrating finish to the weekend.

“It wasn’t too bad Saturday. I thought we were okay,” said Wareham. “Today, we just forgot to show up. “It is all mental ... we forgot the work ethic.”

This Generals team has been a wearisome bunch this season. The group has been hot and cold, despite going on a 13-game unbeaten streak earlier this season. However, flaws continue to flare up every so often.

“A situation that has kind of been put aside lately for the most part reared its ugly head again with our individual, selfish, bone-headed penalties,” stated Wareham. “They listen to other people outside of the organization. When they listen to us, they put that away for awhile and we are a pretty effective hockey team. Then we start to become those individuals when we want extra points or whatever the case may be.”

Wareham thought his team got the wake-up call they needed when the Hounds came into Mosaic Place and snapped the unbeaten streak. It doesn’t appear to have sunk in that this team is still battling for a home playoff spot.

“We can fool people with a couple wins here and there, but the good teams are consistent. We are far from that,” said Wareham. “We are in a dog fight for that last playoff spot and not taking anything away from the Hounds ... you can’t lose to teams behind you if you want that spot.”

On Saturday, the Generals went 1-for-3 on the power play and were perfect on the penalty kill against Regina.

Rykr Cole continued his nine-game point streak, scoring two goals and adding an assist over the weekend.

Donovan Neuls also stayed hot with a goal and an assist against the Pat Canadians. He added an assist against the Hounds.

 “Rkyr was fantastic and Donovan has been real good. They just work and battle hard,” said Wareham. “A guy that probably played his best game of the season was Riley Mohr. He was real solid on the back-end and played well for us.”

An area the Generals are concerned about is giving up late goals to their opponents. On Saturday against Regina, they gave up a goal with 1:50 remaining. Luckily, Dawson Davidson scored into an empty net to secure the victory.

On Sunday, they same problem arose. Midway through the third period, the Hounds scored on the power play and then with just 1:36 remaining, they scored to seal the win.

“Especially when you can’t win a faceoff. I don’t know if we won a faceoff all night. They did whatever they wanted to offensively off the faceoffs and we looked like we had no clue. When you aren’t focused and ready to play, those things happen,” said Wareham. “They physically dominated us. We looked like little kids out there and they looked like men. They were very deserving of the win and we are very deserving of going home with no points.”

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