The weekend ended on a high note for the Moose Jaw Generals, but how it started is where the team wants to improve.
The Generals lost 4-1 to the Prince Albert Mintos on Friday before rebounding with a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Tisdale Trojans on Sunday at the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League's Warman Showcase.
"It seems like PA has our number early on in the season, we started off real good, we scored our opening shift and looked good for 7-8 minutes and then after that it fell apart until the third period," said Generals head coach Ray Wareham. "On Sunday, our guys really responded, real good effort, the compete level was real good and we did enough to find a way to win."
Prince Albert has accounted for both of the Generals' loses this season and Moose Jaw has scored just two goals in each of their wins so far this season.
Wareham said they need to catch a break on offence to get momentum on their side.
"We're struggling right now, the puck just doesn’t seem to be bouncing our way as far as offensive opportunities go, it's rolling off our stick or hitting a shin-pad and going wide, so guys are getting frustrated, but if they keep working it will come," he said.
The Generals showed in the preseason that they have some explosive offensive abilities, but that hasn't carried over to the regular season. Wareham feels the team will get stronger as they settle in.
"They just need to go out, have fun, relax, and play the game, but they're 15, 16, 17-year-old kids, that's not always easy to convince them to do," said Wareham. "We're all confident in them, they'll find their stride and once we get clicking, we'll be fine."
Despite some struggles offensively and the two losses to Prince Albert, there are positives signs, like Sunday's win over the Trojans, who entered the game undefeated to start the season.
"They're hosting the Western Regionals this year, they've got a nice team, they work extremely hard and you have to be willing to match their work ethic if you want to give yourselves a chance to win and we did that on Sunday," said Wareham.
Carey Levesque tied the game up in the second period for the Generals and Skyler Sangster potted the game-winning goal on the power play with 4:58 remaining in regulation on Sunday for Moose Jaw.
Goalie Reece Hodson has been a bright spot for the Generals through four games. He turned away 43 shots against Tisdale on Sunday to lead Moose Jaw to the win.
The Generals will look to build off Sunday's performance when they head to Wilcox to face the defending league champion Notre Dame Hounds at the Duncan McNeill Arena. Puck drops at 8 p.m.