Generals split wins in double-header
Lacombe Generals forward Eric Galbraith is tripped up by fallen Rosetown Redwing David Stumborg en route to an empty net during Allan Cup Hockey West league action on Sunday night at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex. The Generals defeated the Redwings 7-5 in the second game of a double-header. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
Two short-handed goals and a Jesse Todd hat trick in the first period paved the way for a 7-5 Lacombe Generals win over the Rosetown Redwings Sunday.
After falling 4-1 on Saturday in the first game of their double-header, the hometown team wanted to find the net more often against their opponents. They did - coming out of the first period with a 6-1 lead.
“They just seemed to go in - first two shots, first two goals,” said Todd.
“We weren’t happy with losing (Saturday) so we wanted to have a good start. You couldn’t have asked for a better start than 6-1 after one.”
Todd opened the scoring, followed by Brad Stebner wiring a puck on net to give the Generals an early 2-0 lead. Todd then struck again with the man advantage to make it 3-0 before Redwings goalie Tyler Steel was pulled in favour of Brody Hoffman.
Although Hoffman stoned the Generals the night before - stopping all but one of 44 shots - he didn’t have the same luck on Sunday.
Kyle Bailey and Dylan Nowakowski teamed up to score two back-to-back shorthanded goals. Todd then added his third goal of the game to put the Generals up 6-0. It was only within the last 30 seconds of the period that the Redwings slipped a puck past Generals netminder Jacob DeSerres.
The second period onward, however, was a different story.
The Generals surrendered another goal early in the first period. Eric Galbraith got one back, thanks to a fortunate bounce off the boards, but after that, it was the Redwings who were finding the back of the net.
“This game is a game of momentum. We had it all in the first and then they came back,” said Todd.
“They pushed back, we took some penalties and they got a few goals and made it way closer than it should be.”
Letting off on opponents has become a bit of a routine for the Generals over the past month, involved in a number of high-scoring games with opponents working to narrow their large leads.
On Sunday, discipline was the culprit.
“They definitely got momentum from it...We’ve got to clean that up as a group and try to stay out of the box more,” said Todd.
“I thought our penalty killers did a good job but when you get that many, you’re obviously going to give up a few goals.”
Still, reining in how many goals they give up is something Todd says they want to do moving forward, as it’s rare for playoffs and Allan Cup games to be high-scoring affairs.
The Generals are now 2-2 against Rosetown, with two more games to play against them in January.
The Generals also played Wednesday night against the Innisfail Eagles. The results were not known at the time of press.
The team will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 16 to take on the Stony Plain Eagles. The game marks their last at home before Christmas. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex.
Their final game before Christmas will be in Innisfail on Sunday, Dec. 17.