Lacombe Generals drop homeopener
Bill Marshall of the Lacombe Generals weaves his way through Rosetown Redwings’ Carson Grolla and Dykan Smith during Allan Cup Hockey West league action at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex on Saturday evening. The Generals fell in overtime to the Redwings by a score of 3-2. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
With 34 seconds left in overtime, Rosetown Redwing Garrett Bembridge took some of the shine off the Lacombe Generals perfect record – and their homeopener – by handing them a 3-2 loss.
The Generals had three wins heading into Allan Cup Hockey West league action Saturday at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex - including 4-2, 4-1 and 6-1 efforts against the Stony Plain Eagles, Innisfail Eagles and Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs – but now sit 3-0-0-1 on the season.
Generals Head Coach Sean Robertson attributed the loss to a few lapses by his team.
“I thought we played a pretty responsible game. We maybe had a couple lapses and against good teams you have to play 60 minutes,” he said. “If you play 53 or 52 minutes – the message here is we have to play 60 to beat teams like that.”
Kyle Bailey opened the scoring for the hometown team with five minutes left in the first period.
It was in the second, however, that the Generals struggled to make it out of their zone, and allowed the Redwings’ Brayden Atkinson to tie the score.
Brett Robertson took advantage of a five-on-three powerplay to make it 2-1 Generals in the second, Torrie Dyck tied it for the Redwings in the third period, before the Generals got called for high-sticking in the extra frame, where Bembridge ended the game.
“As soon as his arm went up – it’s never a good thing,” said Robertson. “Especially four-on-four. It ends up being four-on-three and it’s basically a shooting gallery.
We almost pulled it off. It would’ve been nice to get a couple more pucks out but it’s the way it goes.”
Overall, however, he’s pleased with the team’s play so far.
“You’d like to win every hockey game, but like I was telling the guys, it’s not April right now. It’s not March. We’re still feeling our way through this,” he said.
Next up, the Generals will host the Stony Plain Eagles at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex. They will also play at home on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, against the Innisfail Eagles at 8 p.m.
Heading into Saturday’s game, the Generals had allowed just four goals in three games...the Generals were outshot 31-27 by Rosetown...The homeopener marked Eric Galbraith’s first game with the Generals this year. He had one assist...Steven Stanford has a 0.934 save percentage and is 2-1 on the season following Saturday’s game.