Team battles with Stars in weekend games
Although the Moose Jaw Generals didn’t come out with two wins, they are still happy with being undefeated in six games.
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Spencer Bast (17) and Josh Bly (15) of the Battleford Stars try to stuff the puck past Grant Naherniak of the Moose Jaw Generals during Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Generals wrapped up their weekend with an overtime loss and a tie against the Battleford Stars.
“I think some guys, for whatever reason, maybe a bit too tense or building this up too much, but their game faltered a little bit, but we will be fine,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals. “If we keep playing like we are and just fix those little mistakes, we will fine.”
On Saturday, the Generals scored with just six seconds remaining in the game to force overtime.
“We pulled the goalie at the end and did a lot of good things with the extra attacker,” said Wareham.
They couldn’t get the win as the Stars scored just a couple minutes into the extra frame to win 3-2.
“I didn’t think we had the same jump that we had the last little while … just flat footed, but we were able to get a point out it, which was encouraging,” said Wareham.
On Sunday, the action was back and forth and fast paced with the two teams skating to a 2-2 draw.
“I thought we had our legs a little better,” said Wareham. “We had a couple mistakes and a couple let downs and you get a point instead of two.”
The Stars scored first late in the opening period but then Jared Legien scored crossbar down with 39 seconds left in the second frame to knot the teams.
Brayden Delorme scored midway through the third period to give the Generals the lead, but the Stars answered back just minutes later.
“They are a big, strong team that skates well,” said Wareham. “They are constantly all over you and don’t give you a lot of room. I think our guys, at times, were frustrated and let their emotions show on the bench.”
The team had a lengthy post game meeting to discuss those emotions and not allowing those to get out of hand.
The team will have a couple days off this week to try and heal some injuries, but the Notre Dame Argos are in town Thursday (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) for their final regular season meeting.
“There are a lot of banged up guys that are sucking it up because they know the importance of trying to climb up and get that home ice,” said Wareham. “They know it is a big game and a big weekend.”
On Feb. 21, the Generals will have their Puck ‘N Funny comedy night and awards banquet. For those interested in purchasing tickets can do so by contacting Ray Wareham at firstname.lastname@example.org or assistant coach Jeremy Ebbett at email@example.com
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