LACOMBE- The Lacombe Generals got off to a hot start in the Senior AAA provincial final Friday night.
Lacombe topped the Stony Plain Eagles 4-2 on home ice and took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, with the winner representing Alberta at the 2018 Allan Cup.
The teams traded goals in the second period as Devin Gannon got the Generals on the board first before Todd Fiddler responded for Stony Plain.
Jesse Todd scored for the home side early in the third but midway through the frame Stony Plain battled back again to tie it at two.
The game-winning goal hit Generals forward Keenan Desmet in front of Eagles netminder Davis Jones late in the third to put the home side up for good.
Dylan Nowakowski added an empty net goal.
Steve Stanford made 30 saves for Lacombe and Jones turned aside 43 shots for Stony Plain.
Game 2 of the series goes Saturday night in Stony Plain.