It was suppose to be a first place showdown, but it ended up being a one-sided affair.
On Saturday, the Moose Jaw Generals hosted the Prince Albert Mintos – who entered the game undefeated – at Mosaic Place. Instead of a back-and-forth battle, the Generals were able to cruise to a 7-0 win over the visiting Mintos.
“I thought it was our best textbook effort of the year,” said head coach Ray Wareham after the game. “Things went our way today, but we were in good positions, we were fore checking hard, creating havoc and if you do those things, good things are going to happen.”
The Generals were consistent right from the opening puck drop as Tanner Manz scored just 2:57 into the game. They would keep that up throughout the game and were able to score at least two goals in each frame, as well as dictate the pace throughout all three frame.
Chantz Petruic had two goals and three points, while Manz and Evan Thomas added a pair of goals each and Jayden Davis had a goal and two points in the win for the Generals.
“Prince Albert had a good game (Saturday) night against Regina and Regina is heavy on the body with some big guys, we thought we could take advantage of that and we did that,” said Wareham. “We know next time we play them that it's going to be tough, but I'm really happy with the guys effort.”
The Generals dropped their first regulation game of the season earlier in the week against Regina, falling 3-0 in the Queen City. They came back after that and won both games on the weekend, beating the Saskatoon Blazers 3-2 at Mosaic Place on Saturday.
Moose Jaw comes out of the week holding down first place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League with a 5-1-0-1 record.
“This past week was a good measuring stick for us,” said Wareham. “We were without (captain Caleb Riess) and Tanner Manz on Wednesday in Regina, without those two it's a little tougher for us, but I thought the guys still played hard that night. Saturday, I thought we were real good and today, we were solid right throughout.
“I've told the kids that if you play within that structure and you play for each other, good things are going to happen and they did today.”
The Manz twins have been playing on a line with Cole Fonstad, the fifth overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, for the past few games and have been clicking. Tanner Manz had two goals on Sunday, while Tyson Manz and Fonstad each picked up an assist.
Wareham said that line is really clicking for them.
“We were wondering who we were going to have Fonstad with because we don't have that much creativeness, but those two have been real good,” said Wareham. “The Manz brothers are working their butts off and it's opening up some ice for Fonstad to do their thing.”
Hunter Arps stopped 31 shots to pick-up his second shutout of the season in the win on Sunday.
The Generals return to the ice on Thursday when they welcome in the Swift Current Legionnaires.