The Lacombe Generals opened up their season at home against the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs. After a shaky first period, the Generals would go on to win 7-4. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

UPDATE: Lacombe Generals split weekend games after losing in Stony Plain

Lacombe shows off offensive repertoire against Ft. Sask; comes up just short against the Eagles

The Lacombe Generals were looking to lock up a win against the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs in a game that was a rematch of last year’s Provincial Semi-finals.

The tilt was a hard-hitting affair — eventually ending with a 7-4 decision for the Generals.

Forward Jesse Todd, who had four points on the night, noticed that the Chiefs improved since last season.

“They have some new guys. That is good for our league and good for competition,” he said

The first period was a difficult one for Generals, with the lack of fun kicking off when Fort Saskatchewan scored the first goal on a blistering drive down the right side by Jaret Smith.

The Generals followed that up by amazingly killing off over 140 seconds of 5 on 3 hockey, after three guys found their way to the box. The luck wouldn’t hold out though, with a tired Lacombe squad giving up another goal to Smith almost immediately after killing the penalties.

In what could have been a definitive turn in the game, Lacombe instead found an answer when blueliner Ian Barteaux skated into the slot and cut the Fort Saskatchewan lead in half 2-1.

Unfortunately for the home squad, the momentum was short-lived after Chief Dylan Wallace found himself wide open in slot — leading to a slap shot that would put his team up 3-1 heading into the second frame.

It looked like the Generals were primed to carve into the Chiefs’ lead early in the second period after Levi Nelson found the back of the net, but Fort Saskatchewan would quickly reestablish the two goal lead after Dallas Desjarlais beat Generals netminder Steven Stanford.

The Generals would have an opportunity to cut into the lead again after Dylan Nowakowski was awarded a penalty shot after a drive to the net on the penalty kill, but he would be unable to score after Chief netminder Ryan Demharter poke checked the puck into the netting.

The Generals would head into the third period with work to do, down 4-2.

“They came out good but I think they ran out of gas a little. Maybe that is where our practices have helped us. We want to stick to our game plan and we believe in this room that we can ride it out,” he said

If the game plan was blitzing the Chiefs in the third period with barrage of goals, than that is what the Generals did. Todd scored two goals and added an assist on the game winner by Nowakowski, leading to a total of four points on the night.

“Things finally clicked with my linemates. There were three games we had where pucks were bouncing but tonight finally they started to go in the net,” Todd said.

The Generals then went on to Stony Plain to try to sweep their weekend games against the Eagles.

Unfortunately for the Generals, they would lose a tightly contested overtime affair 4-3.

Lacombe will have a second crack at the Eagles on Friday at 8 p.m. when they square off against Stony Plain on home ice.

Just Posted

Lacombe Generals extend win streak to three in 8-2 win

Lacombe plays Innisfail in final game of 2018

40-year Big Brother match a gift to Lacombe man

Andy Pawlyk and his Little Brother Chris Selathamby honoured at BBBS Awards Night

Lacombe Police Service rolls out holiday roadside check stops

Officers with approved screening device can request a breath test from anyone they lawfully stop

UPDATED: Calgary Police receive multiple bomb threats

Similar threats received across Canada and the United States

Town Center removed from Lacombe Southeast Area Structure Plan

Developer of Lacombe Market Square requested ammendment to the plan

WATCH: CP Holiday Train rolls into Lacombe

Kelly Prescott performed for hundreds of Central Albertans

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

‘I practically begged’: B.C. woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Facebook reveals bug gave apps unauthorized access to 6.8 million users’ photos

It’s believed up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to Facebook Stories, private photos

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

New home for Calgary Flames estimated to cost up to $600 million

The city and the Flames are not yet talking on who will pay how much for a building to replace the Saddledome

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Most Read