Generals still have chance at semis
The Moose Jaw Generals are down, but not out.
© Matthew Gourlie
Prince Albert Mintos goalie Lane Michasiw gets his paddle down to stop this attempt by Moose Jaw Generals forward Braydon Delorme Thursday night in Telus Cup action at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
After a great effort against the Prince Albert Mintos, the Generals just couldn’t get the bounces they needed to get their first victory.
“This one is a tough pill to swallow,” said Grant Naherniak, goaltender for the Generals. “P.A. has been our rival all season long. The bounces just didn’t go our way.”
The Mintos won their second game at the Telus Cup on Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over the Generals at Mosaic Place.
“That was pretty sweet,” said Dakota Boutin, of the Mintos. “Especially since Lane (Michasiw) got the shutout.”
It was a pedestrian first period by both teams, but the Mintos set the physical tone early. However, it was scoreless after the frame.
“They are obviously disappointed right now,” said Ray Wareham, head coach of the Generals. “I thought it was a hell of an effort by our guys.”
The Generals controlled the second period, but a broken play and a screened Naherniak allowed Loch Morrison to score with just 12 seconds remaining in the period to break the score and resulted in the game winner.
“I didn’t see it at all,” said Naherniak on the goal.
In that second period, the Generals put 17 shots on Michasiw, but there wasn’t a lot of traffic in front.
“I thought the guys worked real hard tonight and we got a lot of shots on net, but just couldn’t find (a way),” said Naherniak.
Josh Beaudry almost got the Generals on the board twice on one shift, but couldn’t stuff it past Michasiw. Their fourth line generated many chances, whereas the first and second lines continued to struggle at the tournament.
“Dmytriw and Beaudry’s lines are our best lines and our other two lines have disappeared,” stated Wareham. “They disappeared in our playoffs and we haven’t seen them since. It is frustrating. I don’t know why they can’t find their game or what it is. Those two lines have carried us.”
Wareham is thinking about jumbling up those two lines to see if something will spark.
“We need to get some guys scoring,” said Wareham. “It is extremely disappointing that our sound-called goal scorers have not shown up.”
The Generals appeared to have scored in the last minute of play as the goal light went on, but the replay showed it hit the post and went out.
“We hit the post and there was some excitement on the bench because the light went on,” said Wareham. “I think our guys kind of got flat-footed standing still because they saw the light come on.”
That split-second allowed Lance Yaremchk to secure the win with an empty net goal. It also clinched a semifinal spot on Saturday for the Mintos.
“This gets us one step closer to our goal,” said Boutin.
The Generals can still get into one of the semifinal games if Halifax or Okanagan loses, but they must win against Chateauguay.
“We need a favour, but if people would have told us that going into the last day we would have a shot at Saturday, we would take it,” said Wareham. “We played good hockey this week and I am proud of the kids for their effort. We just haven’t been rewarded.”
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