Weekend split for Generals

Katie Brickman
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Big matchup on Saturday for team

Losses happen, but Saturday’s defeat stung a lot to the Moose Jaw Generals. 

Moose Jaw Generals

The Generals have had success against Prince Albert all season long, but a bad start resulted in a 6-3 loss as they continue to battle with the Mintos in the standings.

“It wasn’t Colby’s (Entz) best night. He struggled. I think if he could push the restart button, he would, but unfortunately we can’t do that,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals. “We just never recovered.”

Entz made seven saves on 10 shots in just 12:31 of crease time. The Mintos scored three times in the opening 10 minutes of the game. Entz was pulled for Grant Naherniak after the third goal.

“It was tough as the bench just got deflated after that,” said Wareham. “We did our best to try and recover, but just couldn’t.”

The best part for the Generals was that their Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League schedule had them playing quickly after the loss on Saturday.

“That happens and you just move onto the next day,” said Wareham. “We needed to win and we did.”

The Generals went into Beardy’s to play the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon and came out with a good bounce back 5-1 win.

“We needed the win and we found a way to win, that is a good sign,” said Wareham. “It was a lot tighter than I would have hoped it would have been. It was 2-1 in the third, but we found a way to break out.”

The team was without Rykr Cole, who was suspended one game. He received a head contact major penalty late against the Mintos, resulting in an automatic suspension.

Trey Tendler was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons as he continues to deal with a shoulder injury.

With the roster slimmed down, the Generals went with three lines and some players had to step up and play extra minutes in different scenarios.

“I thought Branden Klatt had one of his better games against P.A. I thought he was good again Sunday,” said Wareham. “(Caleb) Riess has found his way and he is gritty.”

This team is gaining confidence and learning how to work together through adversity.

“It is all just going to pay off down the stretch when we can have everyone comfortable in certain situations,” said Wareham.

The week off from game action will be beneficial in getting back some players that are dealing with injuries as well as prepare for a difficult game on Saturday against Tisdale (7 p.m., Mosaic Place).

The Trojans trail the Generals by just three points and have a game in hand.

“It is the biggest game of the year now. It is going to determine who gets home ice and who might slide into that fifth spot,” said Wareham. “I am sure they are going to be geared up and ready to come at us.”

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