Making an impression

Katie Brickman
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Players show their skills at Generals main camp

Bhody Magnusson came into main camp with a little extra fire.

Chantz Petruic (right) tries to fend off a defender at Moose Jaw Generals main camp on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The local  forward took this weekend to prove he belonged with the Moose Jaw Generals.

“I thought I had a really good camp. I played well … it was a good camp all around,” said Magnusson.

Magnusson initially made the Generals last season out of camp, but when Regan Nagy was returned to the team from the Victoria Royals, he got bumped back to the midget AA Warriors.

“It pushed me and made me want to give it all I had and show them I deserved to be here,” said Magnusson.

He definitely made an impression this weekend, scoring three goals in Team Red’s 7-1 win over Team Grey on Sunday afternoon.

His line mates, Branden Klatt and Turner Ripplinger, also added five points each.

“I thought that line was head and shoulders above everyone else. I think they got six of the seven goals,” stated Ray Wareham, head coach and general manager of the Generals. “Bhody was arguably the best player on the ice this weekend. We expect big things out of him.”

The camp ran all weekend with 67 players competing for spots. It was cut down to 40 players by Saturday evening and then a scrimmage game on Sunday afternoon at Mosaic Place.

“Camps are camps. It is go through the motions for the veterans and the young guys are so nervous, they can’t show you what they are really capable of,” said Wareham. “Overall, it was OK and now we have to try and whittle it down as we head into exhibition season.”

The team has seven players returning from last year’s Telus Cup squad. Although last season had a lot of skilled players, the focus for this season is to be grittier and grind out wins.

“I think we really tried to do our homework on these kids in terms of off-ice and what they bring to the table on the ice. Watching them throughout last year, they are consistent and they are hard workers,” said Wareham. “We are really excited about the kids we have in here and the team that we can put together. I think we will be a gritty and hard-working team.”

With goaltender Grant Naherniak graduating at the end of last season, the Generals will turn to Colby Entz to be their No. 1 guy in the creases. The job for his back up is still somewhat open.

“We like Hunter Arps. He is a young, big and tall kid. Jory Litt-Jukes had a good weekend, as did Nolan Berner from Assiniboia, but both are 17-years-old,” said Wareham. “We will play those guys in exhibition if they are willing to and we will let it play out.”

There will be a couple players that will head off to WHL camps next week, like Dawson Davidson. The goal for some of them will be to make the jump, while others will go and learn from that experience.

“I don’t have any expectations. I just want to go and work hard,” said Davidson, who headed to Kamloops. “If it doesn’t happen, I am happy to be back here and I think I will have a great season.

The Generals open the pre-season on Sept. 5 against Team North Dakota.

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