BY ZACHARY CORMIER
The Lacombe Generals’ two month long odyssey of a road trip is almost at an end and, according to Head Coach Curtis Austring the team could not be happier with how it has gone.
“We’re feeling better and better about the group we’ve got. We put ourselves in a good spot, I guess, as far as our record goes,” Austring said of his team, who after a week off sit in first place in the Chinook Hockey League with a 7-1 record.
“I think we’re still kind of rounding out here a bit and still refining things and working on things and getting comfortable with each other. Certainly coming from where we started we’re heading in the right direction, anyway.”
The Gens picked up their first loss of the season on Nov. 12th, dropping a 4-3 decision to the second place Stony Plain Eagles, but Austring said they aren’t too worried about the end of the undefeated streak.
“We likely could have won that game just as easily as lost, but that could be said about a few of our games, too I guess with overtime wins and other stuff that happened throughout the course of the year,” Austring said of the loss, which halted the Generals’ season opening winning streak at six games.
Despite that, Austring said he wasn’t disappointed with his team overall in the game.
“Overall I think we played fairly well. We didn’t bare down on our chances when we needed it to go in and some of those were early in the game. If you get an opportunity and it’s a real good chance and you don’t score on those, it comes back to bite you when you need one goal at the end of the game and you didn’t have it.”
With just two games left in the team’s road trip, Austring said the team is looking forward to being able to play in Lacombe for the first time as the Lacombe Generals.
“As we keep rolling down the road here, the excitement’s only building. I chatted with a few of the guys and we’re all excited to have our home opener and get at it as the Lacombe Generals in Lacombe. We’re excited to see the fans come out and come cheer us on and cheer us to victory,” Austring said.
The Lacombe Generals will play their first home game of the season on Dec. 9th when they host the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs at the new Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe. Puck drop on that one will be at 8 p.m.