Lacombe Generals couldn’t draw up a better start to the new Allan Cup Hockey West regular season.
After a 4-2 win in Stony Plain Saturday (Oct. 15) night against the Eagles, the Gens followed up with a 4-1 win over the league’s other Eagles from Innisfail.
To make things even sweeter, the Gens spoiled both of those team’s home openers.
Gens new bench boss Sean Robertson said there was a lot to like from the last two games.
“I’m very pleased with two character efforts. It was everybody top to bottom, guys who don’t typically play a whole bunch were counted on big time. I’m very proud and happy to see that.”
Although still early, Robertson said there were a lot of good signs moving forward.
“I think we all bought in to what we needed to do tonight. Being short-handed again, we had to play very structured and keep the game in front of us and the guys bought in and did it.”
Newcomer Cody Cartier started the scoring on the power play midway through the first period on Saturday night in Innisfail, the only goal during the first 20 minutes. Gens dominated the first, outshooting the Eagles 18-8.
“I figured they (Eagles) would come hard in the first period and I thought we kind of frustrated them a little bit. As the game went on I thought they got better and we knew they were going to get better, so we had to match their intensity.”
Jesse Todd and Ian Barteaux would score twice in the second, giving the Gens a 3-0 lead heading into the final frame.
Myles Bell would add one in the third, before the Eagles finally got on the board with a goal from Kyle Dorowicz.
Bell is off to a hot start recording three goals and two assists for five points in two games.
Final shots of the game were 45-31 in favour of the Gens.
Gens travel to Fort Saskatchewan next Saturday for a game with the Chiefs.