Squad sits in third place in SMAAAHL standings
Points are precious for all teams down the stretch.
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Josh Miller of the Moose Jaw Generals is tripped up by Logan Flodell, goaltender for the Regina Pat Canadians as he goes for the puck during Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The Moose Jaw Generals allowed a point to escape them on Sunday afternoon.
Although they did come out of the weekend with three of four points and moved into sole position of third in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League standings.
“It was arguably our worst effort of the year. I thought we were awful. Right from the get-go, but found a way to get a point, I guess,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals. “I didn’t think we were good, but we did pick up three out of four (points).”
A former General, Cohen Yano was the dagger on Sunday. He scored twice, including the overtime winner for the Regina Pat Canadians in the 4-3 win over the Generals.
“It was just a bad effort,” said Wareham. “That selfishness … we had two five-on-threes for almost the full time and I don’t know if we even got a shot.”
The Generals went 0-for-5 on the power play throughout the game.
“We talked to them in between periods about setting something up and getting shots off and they go out and do the exact opposite,” said Wareham.
The team’s penalty kill has been good this season, but allowed three power play markers to Regina.
“We were awful on the penalty kill. I don’t know what happened to our penalty kill, but it was atrocious,” said Wareham. “We just, for whatever reason, had a little bit of a brain fart and it wasn’t good, but it is over now and we got a point.”
Josh Miller, Jared Dmytriw and Riley Cannon were the goal scorers for the Generals.
Colby Entz made 28 saves for the Generals and was strong when he needed to be as the Pat Canadians went long stretches without putting a shot on net in all three periods.
“Colby wasn’t the issue. I thought he made some big saves for us. Even at the end of regulation, he made some big saves and kept us in it,” said Wareham. “We weren’t very good in front of him at all. We didn’t manage pucks very good, too many turnovers … I don’t know how many times we threw the puck up the ice in our own end and turned it over.”
It was an important weekend for the Generals as they were looking to put more space between them and other teams aiming to move up the standings, including the Tisdale Trojans.
The Trojans were at Mosaic Place on Saturday evening, but the Generals won 6-1, which is a game they needed to win.
“We wanted to make sure we solidified home ice. I am pretty sure we are going to have home ice in the first round. Now it is a matter of if we are going to slot into the third or fourth spot,” stated Wareham. “We wanted to that this weekend and we were able to accomplish that, so there is a positive.”
The Generals will close out their regular season this weekend with two home games against the Yorkton Harvest.
“We have a good week off now and we can work on some things, obviously the power play and we are going to have to fine-tune our penalty kill,” said Wareham.
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