On Saturday the Lacombe Generals played a ‘no stakes’ hockey game in Wainwright against the Rosetown Redwings.
“It turns out both teams are sitting during a time of year where you don’t want to sit. It’s terrible for you. So, our inactivity could be cured by us playing each other. They play a very honest game. They’re not a very physical team and they’re more of a skilled team. So we took the risk of playing a game against them knowing how they play and that we could probably get away with playing a game and not get injured doing it,” explained Jeff McInnis, General Manager for the Lacombe Generals.
The game ended in a victory for the Lacombe Generals and a score of 4-3. The game-winning goal was scored in overtime by Jesse Todd who is from Wainwright.
“The game started I’d say a little bit rusty and slow. I guess that’s to be expected,” commented Jeff on the game.
The Generals are hoping to participate in more exhibition games to tune-up for the upcoming Allan Cup. McInnis is a little worried about the signs of ‘rust’ that he saw in the game against the Redwings.
“I think we need more practice. I was just thinking that today. It’s very hard when you’re not playing. Our men are off the ice working out hard and doing their part but when you’re not playing, you’re not playing. Our worst fear is rust at this time of year. On paper, we look pretty good and we’re excited as hell. We’re so excited about the event coming which is only two weeks away but we just don’t like the fact that we’re not busy with action.”
In total, six teams will be participating in the Allan Cup from across Canada. The event will be hosted at the Lacombe Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex from April 8th to 13th. For more information on the event and ticket purchase, click here.