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Generals post losses, still lead the league

The Cochrane Generals undefeated streak is over with a 4-1 loss last night to the Mountain View Colts.
Generals and Mountain View
Cochrane General Dean Olenyk challenges the Mountain View goalie, who stopped 43 shots Friday night.

The Cochrane Generals undefeated streak is over with a 4-1 loss last night to the Mountain View Colts and an overtime shootout loss to Airdrie last week.

The Generals only goal last night against the Colts came during a five on three advantage with league point leader Patrick Forde rifling one past the Mountain View goalie midway through the third period.

Mountain View sealed the win with an empty-net goal with just under a minute left in the game.

The Airdrie Techmation Thunder handed the Generals their first overtime loss Oct. 8. Airdrie scored the only goal in the shootout, following a 3-3 tie in regulation time. The Gens still gained a point from the shootout loss.

Assistant coach Paddy Maclure said some adjustment time is expected since the team moved to the north division, but said despite the recent losses, the move is in the team’s favour.

“I think it is going to better for our boys to go up north – more competitive teams,” Maclure said. “Our last two games with Sylvan Lake and tonight have been outstanding. I think the battle for our boys after tonight is to step it up after tonight.”

The Generals were moved to the north division in late September when two teams ended their season in the Heritage Junior Hockey League due to COVID restrictions.

The Generals lead the north and south division with 17 points, followed by the Okotoks Bisons in the south division with 16 points.

The rest of the north division is in a tight points race with Sylvan Lake in second with 13 points and Red Deer, Mountain View and Rocky Mountain House tied for the third spot with 12 points.

The Generals face the Red Deer Vipers tonight in Red Deer.

More to come….