After surviving a strong third period to take Game 1, the Lacombe Generals were hoping to score another W to take a commanding lead in the Allan Cup Hockey West second round matchup against the Innisfail Eagles.
Dylan Nowakowski said after Game 1 that staying out of the box would be key to taking Game 2. Unfortunately the opposite happened in the first period — with the Gens heading to the box three times in the frame.
After battling through the first two, fatigue set in eventually leading to Eagle Riley Simpson beating netminder Tyler Weiman to put Innisfail up one heading into the second period.
The second period served as a reminder that these teams don’t really like each other.
By the end of the period, the two teams combined for five more penalties and Eagle Ty Clay also received a game misconduct for checking to the head.
Outside of the rough stuff, the Generals managed to tie the game when Kyle Stroh deflected a point shot past Eagle Goaltender Paul Boulianne, but would quickly give back the lead when Simpson score his second of the game.
The Generals went into the final frame down a goal, but still had 51 seconds of five-on-three hockey due to scuffle involving Clay.
“We werent dissapointed the first two periods,” Billy Marshall said. “I think we just recognized we have more to give. We decided to push a bit better.”
The Generals hit the gas pedal in the third period, blowing the game wide open en route to a 6-2 win — setting up a potential sweep in Innisfail on Friday.
Marshall would score the go ahead goal and an insurance goal; Stroh would score his second of the game; with Eric Galbraith and Nowakowski adding the other two.
“I think there is a lot of belief in this team and we recognized we have more to give. We decided to not wait any longer,” Marshall said.
Marshall said the Generals need to keep using their speed against the Eagles.
“In this league, there is some bigger, older guys and we have some young quick guys. We exposed that and when you play fast, it is tough to keep up with,” he said
The Generals will look to finish off the series with an 8:30 p.m. puck drop on Friday in Innisfail.
“We have to start the game we started that third period. We need to put the peddle to the metal right away and not wait for things to happen,” Marshall said.