Generals strong heading into crucial second half

It would appear, once again, that the Bentley Generals are the cream of the crop in the Chinook Hockey League.

The Generals find themselves sporting a 15-0 record after a two game weekend that saw them pick up a couple of wins, 5-1 over Sylvan Lake and 3-1 over Fort Saskatchewan.

“We’ve certainly got a sparkling record, but I don’t think we want to measure ourselves by that,” said Generals general manager Jeff McInnis when asked to rate his club’s season so far.

“I think we’ve got the experience to know that it’s what happens from here on to April that’s important, more than from October to now. I’d be fooling you though if I said we weren’t happy with where we are sitting today.”

Motivating this year’s edition of the Generals is a stinging 7-1 loss to the Fort St. John Flyers in the final of last year’s Allan Cup, the national senior men’s AAA hockey championship.

“Last year, we found ourselves a little long in the tooth and hoped that we still had enough left to grab our cup back at the end, but we ran out and ran into a fast, hungry club in Fort St. John that beat us,” said McInnis.

“This year’s club is a little different in that I feel we’ve added some maybe better conditioned players, and maybe some younger players, which bodes well for our club’s future. That’s what I’m most pleased with so far, is that we have more speed and more youth.”

Leading the way for the Generals this year is Travis Brigley, who has 15 goals and 33 points in 14 games, and right behind him, it’s Curtis Austring, who has six goals and 26 points.

“This is the fun part. From January on, we always look forward to this,” said McInnis.

“It’s kind of like the video game, where you almost win, but lose at the end and have to go back to the beginning. Well this is it. I’m looking forward to this stretch run. I really think we have what it takes to get our cup back.”