The Moose Jaw Generals made a strong statement in their first game back in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League since December.
Moose Jaw Generals
After tournaments in Calgary and Kelowna, the Generals picked up a huge road win on Wednesday night as they defeated the league-leading Regina Pat Canadians by a score of 4-2 in Regina.
The Generals are now all alone in second place with 42 points and are one marker behind the Pat Canadians and the Yorkton Maulers for first place.
The Maulers are tied for the lead after a 4-2 win over the Notre Dame Hounds on Wednesday.
"Our guys played really well tonight," Generals head coach Ray Wareham said. "They were able to stay out of the penalty box and that was something that we really focussed on heading into this game."
The Generals offence was spread out on Wednesday with goals coming from Caleb Riess, Jayden Davis, Jeremy Bisson and Ahmed Ally.
"That's the way we want to play," Wareham said. "We want to get goals from everyone and that's kind of how things have been going for us this year.
"We had 10 forwards tonight so we were rolling all three lines and everyone was going right from the start."
As the Pat Canadians took advantage of a tired Generals side to outshoot them 12-3 in the third period, goaltender Hunter Arps stood tall in goal as he made 31 saves to earn the win.
"Even though the guys were tired in the third they were still using their legs to keep the puck on the outside," Wareham said.
"Hunter was really good tonight in controlling his rebounds and covering up the puck to get whistles."
The Generals will continue their road trip over the weekend as they will play the Battlefords Stars on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Defenceman Austin Johnston is close to returning from mononucleosis but Wareham says it remains to be seen if he'll play in both games this weekend.
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