Generals move up in standings
Rykr Cole thinks that was the “biggest win of the year” for the Moose Jaw Generals.
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Rykr Cole of the Moose Jaw Generals is sprung on a breakaway, beating Damien Riat (9) and Colan Reid (17) of the Notre Dame Agros to score an empty net goal with nine seconds left in the game to give the Generals a 5-3 win over the first-placed Argos in Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Thursday night at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
It was a back and forth game, but the Generals held on for 5-3 victory over the first-placed Notre Dame Argos.
The Generals are now tied for third place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
“I thought it was a good effort all around. The boys played well off the start,” said Cole.
It was the start the Generals wanted, not allowing the Argos a shot until the midway mark of the first period and they took an early lead.
Josh Miller found the back of the net after Dylan Ferguson, goaltender for the Argos was scrambling in the crease.
Cole gave the Generals a two-goal lead on the power play on a heavy shot from the point.
However, with many bodies in front of Grant Naherniak, the Argos scored with 1:27 remaining in the opening period to close the gap.
“There was lots of ups and downs and we faced some adversity in the game,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals.
Brayden Delorme sniped a shot from the faceoff circle early in the second period to give the Generals a cushion, but the Argos wouldn’t go away easy.
With three seconds left on the clock and Keegan Milligan scored in close on Naherniak.
“We were up 3-1 and just trying to get out of there,” stated Wareham. “We have been trying to get two centres out there and the guys were playing out of position a little bit and maybe panicked along the wall and gave it up.”
The Argos tied the game up on the power play in the third period, but the Cole scored his second of the game with 3:33 remaining to give the Generals the lead back.
“The fourth one was just a heck of a play by Josh Miller. He has been fantastic and he just goes non-stop,” said Wareham.
With Drew Fellner in the box for the Generals, the Argos pulled Ferguson in the last minute of play to get a 6-on-4 advantage.
But, Cole sealed the win after stealing the puck at the blue line and scoring an empty net goal.
“Rykr is a gamer. He likes to win and when the game is on the line, he is one of those guys that wants the puck,” said Wareham.
It was a statement win for the Generals as they open a five game stretch against the top teams in the league.
“I think our character is starting to show,” said Wareham. “Our leaders are good and positive on the bench. Not once did it feel like we were going to lose that hockey game. That is a good feeling.”
The Generals will look to extend their winning streak to five games on Saturday (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) when the Battleford Stars come for two games.
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