The skid is over!
The Moose Jaw Generals found their way into the win column for the first time since Dec. 9 when they beat the Beardy’s Blackhawks, 5-1, on Thursday night at Mosaic Place.
“It’s only been 13, it felt like 30,” said Generals coach Kevin Moore after the win, which snapped a 13-game losing skid for Moose Jaw.
A goal from Jaxon Georget midway through the first period broke up a scoreless game and sparked the Generals, as Steven Kesserling and Trenton Curtis added to Moose Jaw’s lead before the end of the frame.
Brendan Kemp scored only 11 seconds into the second period to give the Generals full control for the rest of the night.
“We’ve been working hard lately, practice and games; we’ve had the good efforts, it’s just a couple of mistakes that have cost us, so it feels good to actually get rewarded for the hard work,” said Kemp, who added his second of the game on the power play midway through the third period.
The Blackhawks were able to break up Generals goalie Jake Davidson’s shutout bid with 5:17 remaining in regulation as Mitch Girolami’s shot found a hole to get Beardy’s on the board.
Moose Jaw has been on the verge of breaking the streak for the past few weeks, but were never able to breakthrough for the victory. Moore said Thursday night’s game wasn’t even their best of the stretch, but he’s happy they got that monkey off their back.
“As a coach, you’re happy with the win, but not happy with the effort, it wasn’t a very good game compared to how we played on the weekend, but hockey works in mysterious ways,” said Moore.
“Five goals is a month worth for us. We were shooting the puck more and scored on the power play too, which is a rarity for us, that’s as rare as five goals.”
Special teams were a big difference in the game as the Generals finished 1-for-3, while the Blackhawks weren’t able to score in eight power play attempts.
Beardy’s out-shot Moose Jaw, 40-38, but Davidson was a wall for the Generals when they needed him.
“We started off a bit slow, but we got our legs under us in the first period and that one goal really gave us the momentum and took off from there,” said Kemp.
The playoffs are out of the picture this season for the Generals, but they’re hoping to finish the season strong and Moore hopes this win can spur them on.
“We know we’re not in a playoff spot, but you want to play right because you’re playing for next year too, so it would be nice to go on a little winning streak here and get to ten wins,” said Moore.
The Generals will return to the ice on Saturday afternoon when they host the Saskatoon Contacts at Mosaic Place. Puck drops at 1:30 p.m.