Generals prevail in shootout over Eagles
Goaltender Kraymer Barnstable, former Lacombe General and now Innisfail Eagle, makes a save as Ian Barteaux crashes his crease during Saturday night Allan Cup Hockey West action at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex. The Generals won 4-3 in the shootout. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
A former goaltender nearly stole a win from the Lacombe Generals on Saturday, but the hometown team prevailed in the shootout to earn a 4-3 victory over the Innisfail Eagles.
Kraymer Barnstable, a General only a week ago, turned aside 48 shots for the Eagles, but failed to stop his former teammate Billy Marshall in the shootout. Jacob DeSerres, meanwhile, stopped all but three of 14 shots against him.
“Barny’s a good goalie. We knew he was going to play hard against us,” said Generals Head Coach Sean Robertson post game.
“I’m happy for him. He had his reasons for going over there and I wish him all the best, just not against us.”
Barnstable, who was the team’s number one goaltender last year, found himself forced to fight for a back-up position with Steven Stanford behind DeSerres. Rather than battle for ice time, he packed up his talents, and headed down the QEII to play for the Generals’ Central Alberta Rivals.
While he was easily one of the best Eagles on the ice at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex, his performance wasn’t enough to prevent the Generals from taking the win.
Five minutes into the game, defenceman Brad Stebner chipped a puck past him to give the Generals a 1-0 lead which would remain until the second period when the Eagles tied the game off the draw on a powerplay.
Former Red Deer Rebel Daulton Siwak, however, found the net for the Generals 23 seconds later to restore the lead, but it was short lived, with Innisfail once again capitalizing with the man advantage, despite only having eight shots on net.
Marshall scored halfway through the third period, but as fast as the scoreboard was updated, the Eagle’s Kyle Dorowicz had the game tied 3-3, and it would take two overtime periods and the shootout for Marshall to find the net again and win it for the hometown team.
Robertson said he liked how his team came together to earn the win.
“I saw a lot of second effort, character. We didn’t quit and we battled right until the end. I felt like we battled for each other tonight, which is great to see for the organization,” he said. “We stick up for each other and we’re a team in every sense of the word.
“We’ve got a lot of new guys in there, a lot of guys who have introduced themselves only last week to each other. They really bought in tonight.”
The Generals also played the Stony Plain Eagles on Friday night, but fell 4-3 despite outshooting their opponents 47-19.
November is a quiet month for the Generals game-wise, with just two games on the schedule. On Saturday, Nov. 18 they’ll travel to play the 2018 Allan Cup hosts, the Rosetown Redwings, at the Saskcan Centre. They will return home On Friday, Nov. 24 to play the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs. Puck drop is 8 p.m. at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex.
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