With a 2-5 record and facing a good Rebels team the Generals had their backs against the wall early in the season.
Challenged by Head Coach Bryan Erikson the Generals responded. “We were being too cute through the first part of the season. The guys all really like each other and usually that is great but I saw to much unselfishness. They weren’t shooting the puck enough and you need to do that to be successful.”
The Generals would put up a season high 36 shots on net including 29 through 2 periods. But all that shooting only saw the Generals put one past Goalie Noah West. And that was after the home team fell behind 1-0. But 99 Ethan Destefani would score his 2nd of the season to send the Generals and Rebels to the locker room tied 1-1 after 40 minutes.
The 3rd period saw the best period of the year from the Generals. Although neither team could score in the first 16 minutes of the 3rd with West and newly acquired 6’7″ goalie Arttu Ruostalainen stopping everything thrown their way. But Trevor Smith would break the tie with 3:46 left in the game on his 4th goal of the young year assisted by Clark Kerner and Thad Marcola.
After that the Generals fed off the positive emotion and Liam McCanney would streak in and score his first of the year to extend the lead just 41 seconds later.
After taking a late penalty and the Generals leading 3-1 the Rebels pulled their goalie to make it a 6 on 4. With a ton of pressure on the Generals new goalie, Jack Ring was able to send a backhander 170 feet to the middle of the empty net to seal the 4-1 victory and get the Generals back in the win column.