The Lacombe Generals began the first game of the five-game series with the Innisfail Eagles on Saturday, February 23rd.
The Generals led the first half of the game ahead of the Eagles, heading into the 3rd period with a two-goal lead. In the third, the Eagles came back for vengeance tying up the game with around seven minutes left. However, Dylan Nowakowski managed to save the game scoring another goal shortly after leaving a score of 3-2 for the Generals. Shots on net were 36-35 for the Eagles.
“All I did was try to get to the net in case of a loose puck and I saw the puck slipping out. I think I barely put it in, but it felt good,” said Nowakowski on the game-winner.
The Generals intend to get ahead in games one and two in the series before heading to Innisfail for games three and four.
Looking forward, Nowakowski expects similar tight scoring games.
“They’re going to come out, try to hit us, and try to bully us. We’re faster, stronger so we get pucks in low and then work their defense. Their defense are slow, it’s noticeable and we just got to take advantage of that.”
The Generals play again at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 23rd for game two at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex.