The Moose Jaw Generals find themselves in a pretty good place through the first few games of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League season.
The Generals took the ice at the Warman Showcase this past weekend, taking a 6-5 overtime win over the Beardy’s Blackhawks before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Prince Albert Mintos.
A bit of the good, a bit of the bad. All a part of the process for one of the youngest teams in the league.
“To be 2-1 through the first three games, we’re pretty happy,” said Generals coach Ray Wareham. “Sunday was a bit of a letdown, but it was a busy five days for us so it was a good effort for the kids.”
The game against Beardy’s was a back and forth battle that saw the two teams tied 1-1 after the first, the Blackhawks leading 4-3 through two and 5-4 midway through the third. Jaxon Georget scored with 7:04 remaining to tie the game before Jaxsen Wiebe scored 2:22 into OT for the win.
Jake Palmer had two goals for Moose Jaw, Cody Davis and Chase Lacombe had their other markers. Ethan Hein made 13 saves to take the win.
“That was a good character win for us,” Wareham said. “It was back and forth, they’d get one and we’d get one. Then we were down in the third and we were able to tie it and find a way to win it in overtime. That was good, the kids found a way to win a tough one.”
Against Prince Albert, Cal Caragata had the Generals’ lone goal in the first period. The game was tied 1-1 after the first and the Mintos led 2-1 through two. Jake Davidson had 26 saves.
“We played three games in a row on the road in five days, and it’s a tough haul for 18 new guys,” Wareham said. “It’s their first experience in this league and it got ramped up from exhibition. So we’re pretty happy to get two out of three and we’re looking forward to our home opener on Saturday.”
The Generals play their first home game Saturday against the Saskatoon Contacts (1:30 p.m., Mosaic Place).