Playing from behind is not something that the Senior AAA Rosetown Red Wings have found themselves doing lots in the 2017-18 season, but Saturday night was a different story.
The Lacombe Generals were crowned Allan Cup Hockey West League Champions on Saturday night after a 5-3 victory on Rosetown's home ice. The key to the win for the Generals were two early goals in the first period to take a 2-0 lead, and although Rosetown managed to come back and tie the game two separate times, the Generals continued to find a way to restore a lead.
Lacombe was given a late power-play in the closing minutes of the second period, and capitalized to take a 4-3 lead with just 2.2 seconds left on the clock. This would end up being the game-winning goal following an empty netter by the Generals.
Keegan McAvoy, Head Coach of the Red Wings, talks about how tough it is to play from behind against teams of this caliber.
"Gotta make sure that you're ready to play every night against them. We had a couple mental breakdowns in the first period that cost us, and that's just hockey. Anything can happen in a one game shot, and if you make mistakes, it's going to result in pucks being in the back of your net." McAvoy stated.
With a tough loss to the Generals, the Red Wings will put their focus on the Best-of-5 Provincial series when they take on Bethune. This series starts up on February 24th.
McAvoy also commented on how the team is already looking forward to this provincial series, and can't wait to see the electrifying crowd on home ice again.
"We're playing a really good hockey team in Bethune. We're looking forward to large crowds, and a classic Saskatchewan battle. It's going to be really exciting." McAvoy said.