Generals ousted from playoffs, facing a 45-day break before hosting the Telus Cup
The Moose Jaw Generals are going to have 45 days to think about the 2-0 lead they failed to protect Friday night.
Moose Jaw Generals
The Regina Pat Canadians came back to beat the Generals 3-2 Friday night in Game 4 of their Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League quarter-final series. The win sees the Pat Canadians advance to the league semifinals and see the Generals with a lot of time to ponder what went wrong before they host the Telus Cup from April 21-27.
"It was a tough one tonight," said Generals head coach and GM Ray Wareham. "We have a plan B in place, but we didn't want to look at it."
The Generals got off to a great start as Riley Cannon scored 1:05 into the game and Trey Tendler doubled their lead with 6:48 left in the first period.
That was the end of the night for Pat Canadians starting goalie Logan Flodell who stopped four of the six shots he faced.
"We were good until we got the 2-0 lead and for whatever reason we got away from our game plan and started trying to do things on our own," said Wareham. "We were good and then we just started taking stupid, selfish penalties. It ends up wearing on you — guys have to play more minutes than they should — and we're sick and hurt enough as it is already. We don't have the energy to be killing off selfish penalties."
The Pat Canadians had plenty of chances on the power play in the second period, but it was Levi Barnstable — son of former Moose Jaw Warrior Scott Barnstable — who finally got them on the board with 1:14 left in the second period.
Future Warrior Jayden Halbgewachs tied the game on the power early in the third period and it was former General Cohen Yano who scored the winning goal for the Pat Canadians with 5:07 left in the third.
Wareham had nothing but praise for some of his younger players, but he remains frustrated with some of his older or more highly touted players.
"We have some issues. We've had them all year. Unfortunately it reared its ugly head again. It's a huge concern," said Wareham. "I'm so proud of our young guys and the way they battled and competed.Our so-called lesser lights — I would go to war with those guys any time. They were so good this series and they carried us.
"Unfortunately the guys that we're supposed to rely on just couldn't find their game this series."
Colby Entz made his first start of the series for the Generals and made 28 saves.
"I thought Colby Entz was fantastic for us tonight," said Wareham.
Cameron Pateman stopped all 26 shots he saw in relief of Flodell for the Pat Canadians.
Minutes after the buzzer sounded, Wareham admitted that what happens next will need to be hashed out in the coming days. He is hoping that the players who aren't from Moose Jaw can get out of the city for a couple of week — though schooling is obviously a concern — so everyone can get some time away from the rink and each other to come back and recharge.
"It looks like right now we're going to take a couple of weeks off," said Wareham. "It's something we're going to have to work out with the school, but we're hoping some guys can go home and get away from Moose Jaw.
"We have a lot of sick kids, a lot of banged up kids. I think it will be good for everyone to get away and spend some time with their families, re-energize themselves and get healthy. We'll come in and have a boot camp and then away we go."
The Generals are some ideas for scrimmages and at least one exhibition game, but those details will be ironed out in the coming days.