Generals finish fourth

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Harvest beat Generals in overtime

The Moose Jaw Generals needed to win just one game this weekend.

Brayden Delorme of the Moose Jaw Generals tries to corral the puck from his feet to get a shot on Rylan Palchewich of the Yorkton Harvest during Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

They tied and lost in overtime.

They finish the regular season with 60 points. If they had beat the Yorkton Harvest just once this weekend, they would have secured third place, but sit once point away in the fourth seed.

“You can’t play hockey like that and expect to win. You can’t make those stupid mistakes,” said Ray Wareham, Generals head coach. “When you dominate the play for the majority of both games and just make bone-headed mistakes … it ends up in your net.”

On Saturday, the Generals scored first, but allowed a late goal in the second period. Josh Miller scored with just over a minute left in the game to put the Generals up a goal, but allowed a Harvest goal with just three seconds remaining in the game and they couldn’t secure the win in overtime.

“It is just frustrating watching us make those silly mistakes,” said Wareham. “It is those simple things where you have the outlet, but you want to beat one more guy. That is what is frustrating.”

On Sunday, it was the same errors the team kept making and it resulted in a 4-3 overtime loss.

“I thought work ethic wise, for the most part, the majority of our guys worked their butts off,” said Wareham. “But, we aren’t the smartest team and we don’t have the most on-ice awareness, but we work hard. When you see those mistakes where they try and beat that extra guy, that is what is so frustrating.”

It was a rough afternoon for goaltender Colby Entz. On the first Harvest goal, he got caught behind the net trying to play the puck and was picked of the puck. Entz tried to rush back in his net, but was too late. On the Harvest third goal, Entz was swimming in his crease and the Harvest had the open net again.

“To be honest, there wasn’t a lot of confidence on the bench this weekend,” said Wareham.

It wasn’t exactly how the team wanted to finish the regular season, but they will try for a start fresh in the playoffs on home ice.

“We were hoping to get a couple of wins to go into playoffs, but nothing we can do about it now. We just have to move on and play our best in playoffs,” said Regan Nagy of the Generals. “We are just going to move on here and bring our best game for the first game of the playoffs.”

There are still a couple regular season games left to play due to rescheduling after inclement weather earlier this season, including Regina playing two more games.

The Generals should play the Tisdale Trojans in the first round of the playoffs. They will have a week of practice to work on issues.

 “We are going to have to correct those in a hurry or we are going to find ourselves sitting around for a long time before Telus Cup,” said Wareham. “We just have to fine-tune some things and be ready to go. This is what we have wanted to play for all year long, so it is finally here.”

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