It was a battle of the bottom-two teams in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, but the Moose Jaw Generals asserted themselves in a 5-2 win over the Notre Dame Argos on Thursday night at Mosaic Place.
Forward Casey McDonald led the attack for Moose Jaw in the win, registering four assists.
“We played a pretty good 40 minutes and then in the third period, when we were up by four, we kind of let off, but overall, we played a good game,” said McDonald after the win.
After snapping their 13-game losing skid last Thursday, the Generals were shutout on Saturday by the Saskatoon Contacts. They had the offence working in this one however, firing 57 shots on the Argos’ net in the win.
“We were getting pucks to the net and bodies to the net and that’s where we were creating success,” said McDonald.
Moose Jaw product Bryan Thomson was between the pipes for Argos and turned away 52 shots in the loss.
“I got quite a few shots in the game, but the team played well, we got some good chances in the offensive zone, just couldn’t finish,” said Thomson.
The first period was scoreless, but the Generals wasted no time getting on the board in the second period as Jaxon Georget scored a power play goal only 2:20 into the frame.
Georget added another power play goal about eight minutes later to make it 2-0 for Moose Jaw and Ben Wourms-Rowe followed that up with a goal of his own only 55 seconds later.
With 34 remaining in the middle period, Skyler Sangster found the back of the net to make it 4-0 for the Generals.
Notre Dame struck back in the third period, starting with a power play goal from Oldrich Matejka midway through the frame. Blake Rasmuson cut the lead down to two with 2:37 to play, but Cody Davis finished off nice passing play only 1:17 later to give the Generals some more breathing room to finish off the win.
McDonald said this game was a good example of the progress that the Generals have been making late in this lost season.
“We’re making really progress, we’re gelling nice together and we’re finding guys that play well together,” said McDonald.
15-year-old goalie Ethan Hein turned away 30 shots for his second win of the season between the pipes for the Generals. Moose Jaw was also 2-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill in the win.
The Generals will now head out to Wilcox on Sunday for a rematch with the Argos.