There doesn't seem to be much that can slow the Moose Jaw Generals down right now.
The local midget AAA squad kept their hold on first place with a pair of big road wins over the weekend.
The Generals hit the road to two places that are traditionally tough for them to play in and came back with three out of four points, falling 5-4 in overtime to the Prince Albert Mintos on Saturday and beating the Beardy's Blackhawks, 5-3, on Sunday.
“The kids worked hard,” said head coach Ray Wareham.
On Saturday, the Generals had a lead heading into the third period in Prince Albert, but a late goal by the Mintos sent the game to overtime where they came away with the win.
Moose Jaw was able to bounce back nicely on Sunday however, heading into Beardy's and leading the entire way to get back into the win column.
“Coming off a tough loss on Saturday in PA and to go into Beardy's a little bit short staffed and bounce back like we did was real encouraging,” said Wareham.
After Saturday's game, four of their top players – Cole Fonstad, Devan Harrison, Connor Hayward and Jake Trembley – left to join Team Saskatchewan for the Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup.
The loss off the players didn't seem to effect the Generals as they put together a hard working effort on Sunday to come away with the win.
“Our veteran guys really stepped up and our young guys played well too,” said Wareham. “Sometimes you get into those situations, you get less bodies and everybody gets a little bit more into the game and that was the case on Sunday.”
Tanner Manz continued his hot start to the season as he posted a goal in Saturday's loss and added a goal and three points in the win on Sunday. Wareham said his play, along with his brother, has been a big part of the Generals' early season success.
“Tanner has been fantastic from day one, him and Tyson,” said Wareham. “Those two have been playing well and finding ways to score and it's just through hard work and getting to the net.”
Through 11 games this season, the Generals are sitting in first place with an 8-1-0-2 record. Wareham said he wouldn't have expected that coming into the season, but the players deserve all the success that they're getting.
“They're working hard, they work hard in practice, they're just a good bunch, they play for each other and nobody really cares who's getting the credit right now,” he said. “If they can maintain this course, they can be a really tough team to play against because they do work extremely hard.”
The Generals are off until Saturday when they'll host the Blackhawks for a rematch at Mosaic Place. Puck drops at 7:00pm.