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Generals down 0-2 to Pat Canadians

It continues to be the Flodell show.

Moose Jaw Generals

The Moose Jaw Generals find themselves down 0-2 in their Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League series to the Regina Pat Canadians after another devastating loss on Monday evening.

“The boys deserved a better fate. They worked they butts off and I thought they dominated the game,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals. “It sucks and it hurts right now. It is not a good feeling because they know we outplayed them, but that is what happens in the playoffs … you can run into a hot goaltender. If we want to move on, we have to try and find a way to beat him.”

Logan Flodell, goaltender for Regina stopped 29 of 30 shots his faced on Monday to pull the Pat Canadians to a 2-1 victory over the Generals.

It also put the Generals on the ropes in the best-of-five series.

“We had bodies in front of the net. We hit four or five crossbars,” said Wareham. “He was finding pucks through traffic that he didn’t see and he was making saves by good positioning. He has been the difference in the series.”

The Pat Canadians started out strong, scoring two goals in the first period, including a power play marker — the only chance they got in the game.

Ben Verrall scored on the power play from Rykr Cole and Riley Cannon early in the third period, but the Generals couldn’t beat Flodell to equalize the game after pulling goaltender Grant Naherniak for an extra attacker late in the game.

“Like I said to the guys, that is what happens sometimes and we have to find a way somehow. It is far from over yet,” said Wareham. “We played our best hockey tonight (Monday) and we just have to bring it over for tomorrow (Tuesday) and hope we can a break or two.”

Naherniak made 18 saves on 20 shots in the loss.

After a 3-1 loss on Saturday, Wareham challenged his best players to be their best. It was a much better effort by all players on Monday, but can’t seem to find a way to beat Flodell.

“I can’t say anything negative about our guys. I thought they busted their butts off and definitely deserved a better fate,” he said. “We were rolling four lines. It was a good effort by everybody.”

The Generals will be able to use this game as momentum quickly as Regina is in Moose Jaw for what could be the deciding Game 3 tonight (7 p.m., Mosaic Place).

“To be able to turn around and come right back at it to hopefully keep that momentum is big,” said Wareham. “We didn’t win the hockey game, but were definitely on the right side of things.”

Although the loss will sting for the team on the bus ride home, Wareham was trying to keep the players positive by focusing on what they did well.

“I think our guys are still pretty upbeat, but disappointed with the loss, but they know they played a good game,” he said. “If we do that again, sooner or later, the breaks are going to go our way.”

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