The Lacombe Generals picked up a series sweep over the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs Sunday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Generals sweep Fort Saskatchewan in first round of Senior AAA playoffs

The Lacombe Generals are off the second round of the Hockey Alberta Senior AAA Men’s Hockey playoffs.

Lacombe downed the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs 2-1 on the road Sunday in game 4 to complete the series sweep in the first round.

“Our biggest thing was our attitude. We approached it the right way. If we didn’t put our best foot forward any one of the four games, we would have lost,” Generals head coach Sean Robertson said.

“From our regular season against them to playoffs, it would have been very easy to be complacent. We approached it the right way. “

Down 1-0 after 40 minutes on Sunday, the Generals scored just 10 seconds into the third when Collin Valcourt potted a rebound past Chiefs netminder Devon Fordyce.

“Just like dmen and forwards get tired as the game goes on, a goalie when he’s moving around that much, he gets tired too and that was our mindset. He was going to get tired and give one up eventually,” Robertson said.

Defenceman Nathan Deck blasted a point shot through Fordyce less than a minute after the Valcourt tally to give the Generals the 2-1 advantage.

“It was 4-on-4, off the faceoff it was won to the middle and it came to the wall. I just took a slap shot low glove and we had a good screen and it found a way in,” Deck said about the game-winner.

“We played the way we needed to play for four games and it paid off. They gave us a fight, but it’s going to be good for us.”

Fordyce did everything he could to steal a game for the Chiefs with 44 saves in the contest.

Steven Stanford also stood tall for the Generals in the victory with 33 saves.

On Saturday night, the Generals won game 3 of the series 5-2 at home.

Ian Barteaux had a pair of goals and Collin Valcourt, Devin Gannon, and Jesse Todd all scored in the win.

Stanford faced just 20 shots in the victory.

More to come.

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