‘Patient’ Generals clip Eagles

Generals 5 Eagles 1 Patience is one of the Bentley Generals’ many virtues.

Bentley General Scott Doucet races Stony Plain Eagles Kyle Rossiter

Bentley General Scott Doucet races Stony Plain Eagles Kyle Rossiter

Generals 5 Eagles 1

Patience is one of the Bentley Generals’ many virtues.

Facing a hot goaltender and a desperate team in the Stony Plain Eagles, the Generals had to grind out a win on Monday before close to 1,000 fans at the Red Deer Arena, finally sealing the deal with a pair of late goals.

“That’s why we play 60 minutes,” said Generals head coach Brian Sutter, following a 5-1 victory that gave his club a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven provincial senior AAA hockey semifinal.

“We talk about it all the time — about how if it takes 60 minutes (to win), it takes 60 minutes.”

Bentley led 1-0 after one period and 2-1 after 40 minutes on goals from Tyler Haarstad and Davis Claffey.

Donald Morrison beat Eagles netminder Cody Rudkowsky to the top corner at 4:48 of the final frame to give the Generals some breathing space, and Claffey — one-timing a centering pass from Darryl LaPlante for his second of the game — and Brandin Cote, on a wrap-around, connected in the final two minutes and change.

Clem Arsenault notched the lone Stony Plain goal, tipping Kyle Rossiter’s power-play point shot past netminder Scott Galenza at 11:52 of the second period and pulling the visitors even at one.

Rudkowsky turned aside 40 shots, while Galenza made 27 saves.

“We had our ups and downs today and it took us a while to get going,” said Claffey. “We have good leadership in the room. Guys like (captain) Sean Robertson got us going and it was important for us to get things turned around.”

Sutter praised the Eagles for turning in an inspired performance.

“They played hard. I admire how they played,” said the Bentley bench boss. “We wanted to play with the same desperation and urgency even though we were up 2-0 in the series. The third game in any series is always the most important one, just like the third goal in every game is the most important goal, which was the case again today.

“We had guys turn it up today and that’s what you have to do at this time of the year. We know that nothing comes easy in the playoffs, that it gets tougher every game.”

Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Stony Plain.

“These games really work as far as getting us into shape, but it would be nice to get this series over with right away and get in some more practices and fine-tuning for the next series,” said Claffey.

The Generals opened the semifinal with an 8-3 home-ice win on Friday, then blanked the Eagles 3-0 on Saturday at Stony Plain, where Paul Cabana, Tyler Haarstad and Jason Lundmark provided the goals and Galenza 21 stopped shots for the shutout. Rudkowsy made 38 saves for the hosts.

• The Generals have added forward Braden Appleby to their lineup. The former WHL player (Lethbridge, Vancouver, Regina) who last skated with the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs two years ago, appeared in his second game with Bentley on Monday.

• Fort Saskatchewan will host the Sylvan Lake Admirals tonight in the second game of the other senior AAA provincial semifinal.

The Chiefs won the series opener 4-1 on Saturday at Sylvan Lake, getting goals from Richard Kelly, Corey Rutt, Blair Manning and Geoff Kilburn. Ryan Carter scored for the Admirals.

David Tetrault made 20 saves as the winning goalie. Steve Wagner blocked 30 shots in the Admirals net.

• The Generals were prevalent in the Chinook Hockey League all-star teams that were announced Monday, placing five players on the first team and two more on the second squad.

Voted to the first team were Galenza, Lundmark and fellow defenceman Joe Vandermeer, and forwards Robertson and Travis Brigley, the league scoring champion. Morrison and forward Curtis Austring were named to the second team.

The other first-team all-star is Fort Saskatchewan forward Bryan Forslund. Also on the second team are Tetrault, Stony Plain rearguard Joel Andresen and forwards Mike Hurley of Fort Saskatchewan and Ryan Kallis of the Innisfail Eagles.

gmeachem@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta is on pace to administer more than 300,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses per week, according to the provincial government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
One million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Alberta

Alberta hit a milestone in the fight against COVID-19 this week. As… Continue reading

(Government of Canada)
Liberal MP caught stark naked during House of Commons video conference

William Amos, in Quebec, appeared on the screens of his fellow members of Parliament completely naked

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s expansion project is still a high priority, says Alberta Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Interior work will start this year on Red Deer hospital project, says infrastructure minister

‘We are committed. This is a top priority,’ says Presad Panda

Even with recent restrictions due to rising COVID-19 variant case levels, about 95 per cent of businesses are open in Alberta, said Premier Jason Kenney. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Consistent pandemic policy has helped Alberta, premier says

Alberta fatality rate lower than Canadian average

Richie Laryea of Toronto FC, left, and Jean Meneses of Mexico's Leon battle for the ball during a CONCACAF Champions League soccer match in Leon, Mexico, in Leon, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Toronto FC hosts Club Leon in the second leg of their Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League round-of-16 tie holding a valuable away goal after a 1-1 draw last week in Mexico. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mario Armas
Injury-riddled Toronto FC dispatches Club Leon in CONCACAF Champions League play

Injury-riddled Toronto FC dispatches Club Leon in CONCACAF Champions League play

Winnipeg Jets' Dylan DeMelo (2) skates the puck around Ottawa Senators' Thomas Chabot (72) as he holds off Winnipeg Jets' Mason Appleton (22) during first-period NHL action in Ottawa on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Winnipeg Jets score two third-period goals to secure 3-2 victory over Ottawa Senators

Winnipeg Jets score two third-period goals to secure 3-2 victory over Ottawa Senators

Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (25) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Anunoby, Siakam rally Raptors past Spurs 117-112

Anunoby, Siakam rally Raptors past Spurs 117-112

John Furlong pitches a broader B.C. bid for 2030 Winter Games

John Furlong pitches a broader B.C. bid for 2030 Winter Games

New York Yankees starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Bichette hits 2nd homer in 9th, Blue Jays beat Yankees 5-4

Bichette hits 2nd homer in 9th, Blue Jays beat Yankees 5-4

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz forward Jarrell Brantley (5) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Salt Lake City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Bowmer
Undrafted Montreal native Dort continues to smash “glass ceilings” in NBA

Undrafted Montreal native Dort continues to smash “glass ceilings” in NBA

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past banners for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to mark 100 days before the start of the Summer Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eugene Hoshiko
Rings on the Horizon: Tokyo Summer Olympics hit 100 days out marker

Rings on the Horizon: Tokyo Summer Olympics hit 100 days out marker

Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh speaks during a news conference in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter
‘Right path:’ Lethbridge police release improvement plan in wake of controversies

‘Right path:’ Lethbridge police release improvement plan in wake of controversies

Most Read