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Cochrane Generals start the season off on a high note

The Gens earned themselves two victories in the opening weekend of the 2020/21 season.

COCHRANE— The Cochrane Generals’ season got off to a roaring start this past weekend with a pair of back-to-back wins against the Lomond Lakers.

The Gens season opener took place in Vulcan on Friday (Oct. 30) at the Vulcan Arena.

The Generals scored three unanswered goals in the first period before the Lakers managed to find the back of the net in the second.

The third period was all Cochrane when Jonah Desrosiers and Dean Olenyk capitalized on Lakers penalties and scored two more, bringing the final to 5-2 for the visiting Generals.

Sunday (Nov. 1) was a similar tale for the two teams, who are locked in a four-game series that will last until Nov. 8 before the teams face off against their next opponents this season.

The Gens' first home-ice game, which took place at the Cochrane Arena, was opened up with scoring from the 18-year-old centre, Cade Jackson, just past the two-minute mark, with assists from Connor Stephenson and Carter Cugnet.

The Gens would score three more in the first period, securely in the lead as the final minutes of the first ticked away.

Lomond closed the gap just before the end of the period bringing the score to 4-2, but that would be all she wrote for the visiting team as the Gens would run away with the game from there.

Cochrane scored three more in the second closing out the period with back-to-back power-play goals from Osten Barnhart and Michael Bouffard.

The game ended with Cochrane winning an impressive 7-2 victory.

Bouffard earned himself the first star honours for his one goal and one assist, with Evan Black and Eric Procknow taking the second and third stars respectively.

Honourable mentions should be made for the Cochrane native, Carter Cugnet, who got four assists in Sunday's game.

The Gens are back on home ice next Sunday (Nov. 8), in the final game of the Gens-Lakers four-game series.

The Generals will take a two-week break before facing off against Coaldale on Nov. 22 at the Cochrane Arena.