The Moose Jaw Generals are mired in a seven-game losing skid, but the team is keeping a positive outlook on their play.
While the Generals have struggled putting up wins consistently throughout the season so far, they’ve been in most games, either losing a lead late or falling in an extra period.
“We’ve had pretty good efforts over the last couple of games, so we’ve just got to stay positive, just keep working hard, we can’t let off, we have to keep going,” said veteran forward Brendan Kemp.
“Everyone is still pretty positive in the room, we’re not happy with the outcomes, but we’re happy with our efforts.”
Despite their struggles to put up wins this season, the Generals remain right in the thick of the playoff hunt as they pass the midway point of the regular season, sitting just five points behind the eighth place Beardy’s Blackhawks.
Goalie Jake Davidson, who has a 4-9-1 record in his first season with Moose Jaw, said that the team is confident that if they continue working hard, that the rewards will come down the road.
“The last two games have been our best efforts of the whole year, we put in real good efforts, but at the end we’re falling apart,” he said. “We’ve had leads in both games and we just started playing to not lose instead of win, so we’ve just got to keep practicing and we’ll find wins eventually.
“We’ve just got to keep grinding with a new group. At the start of the year, we weren’t seeing the results or the effort, but it’s good to see guys clicking now.”
The Generals have two key games on the way this weekend as they prepare to host the Yorkton Maulers at Mosaic Place. Yorkton sits in seventh place in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, seven points ahead of Moose Jaw.
Kemp said these are two games that the Generals need to bring their ‘A’ game for.
“It’s a big weekend for us, this a team that we’re trying to catch, so we’ve got to come out with four points,” he said.
“We’re really clicking as a team, we’ve got some chemistry going now, we know what we’ve got to do, we’re working the systems and doing what the coaches ask.”
The Generals and Maulers hit the ice at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Mosaic Place.