Generals head coach unhappy after win and OT loss
Ray Wareham was not happy Sunday.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Moose Jaw Generals captain Caleb Riess fires a shot at Battlefords Stars goalie Jake Taylor Sunday at Mosaic Place.
It wasn't just that his Moose Jaw Generals squandered an opportunity with their 3-2 overtime loss to the Battlefords Stars. It was bigger than that.
As the Sask. Midget AAA Hockey League's regular season hits its final weeks, he's worried that — in spite of their stellar record — his Generals flatter to deceive.
"What a terrible weekend," said Wareham, the Generals head coach and GM. "There were too many individuals. We've been sugar-coating things all year, but they're going to have trouble winning when it counts. When you don't play for the team and you put yourself ahead of the team you're not going to have success.
"Let's not beat around the bush. Let's be honest: half of our wins are probably because of our goalies."
The Generals beat the Stars 2-0 Saturday and with their point from Sunday, they sit in second place, three points behind the Regina Pat Canadians who visit Mosaic Place Thursday night.
"We come in with two games in hand. Regina isn't playing. You're six points back with a chance to be two points back with a big game Thursday for first-place overall. A chance to win the (regular season title), something Moose Jaw has never done and we laid an egg," Wareham said.
The Generals (24-9-5) are still in a dog fight at the top of the standings. They're tied with Yorkton, but have three games in hand and are one point ahead of Tisdale. The Notre Dame Hounds are in fifth place, but are only four points behind the Generals.
Generals 2 Stars 0
Caleb Riess and Evan Thomas scored for Moose Jaw Saturday night, while Hunter Arps made 29 saves in goal for the Generals to earn his fifth shutout of the season.
"We didn't deserve to win. Arps won it for us," Wareham said.
"We're starting to believe we're as good as our record. I'm happy with our record, but I've been around long enough to know and we're there because of our goaltending."
Stars 3 Generals 2 (OT)
Battlefords' Owen Lamb tied the game when Moose Jaw goalie Colby Entz gave the puck away while he was out of his net. Luke Reid won the game with a shot through traffic in overtime.
The Generals grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first period and despite taking 31 shots in the first two periods couldn't build off of their lead.
"We had a good start, but we struggled in the third," said Chantz Petruic who had a goal and an assist for the Generals. "Any way you can help the team is always nice, but we wanted to sweep the series. It would have been nice to get the second win."
It has been a big week for Petruic. Tuesday he made his junior debut as an affiliate for the SJHL's Yorkton Terriers. He scored a goal and had two assists and was named the game's first star in the Terriers' 5-3 win over the Estevan Bruins. His goal came against former Moose Jaw Warrior goalie Daniel Wapple.
"I was excited to go up there for the first time. I was just hoping to make an impact and help the team anyway I could," Petruic said. "I was pretty shocked by what I did up there, but I'm not going to complain."